To answer your question about converters, I have nothing really to support that besides asking as many places as I can about the progression on converters and pretty much getting the “RME….blah blah blah” so it is positive to hear that you think you are hearing an improvement. Most people talk about preamps improving but converters being about the same or only slightly better. I have also heard that USB still doesn’t run as well as PCI does/did although BriHar and some others said it was great.
As far as the way I am running things currently, I have a Mackie mixer that’s hooked up to my studio monitors and I use the ALT 3-4 outputs on the mixer routed to a patch bay. I like how Mackie boards route anything that you MUTE to the ALT bus. This way if you are jamming on external instruments and decide that you want to record one of the channels, you just mute that channel and it sends it right to the DAW. I have that ALT bus, as well as some external effects (tube preamp, pedals, etc) to the patchbay as well. I have two channels of the patch bay hooked up to the 3 & 4 line ins on the Omni as well as some of the Omni outputs. This way I can send anything from my DAW through any hardware and back into the Omni. I don’t really use the preamps on the Omni but I guess they are there if I ever wanted to. I either use the preamps on the Mackie or the tube preamp. I just have to make sure phantom power is turned off before patching anything!!! Some people don’t like to have anything with phantom power on a patchbay but it’s fine as long as you are careful.
Anyway, sorry, that was probably more information than you were asking for!
I was really close to buying the UR28M over the Christmas break but I just couldn’t find a good, strong reason to. I mean, I liked the idea of having a dedicated mono button, that it ran stand alone, buttons for different monitors, and of course the Cubase intergration but I just wasn’t sure if I’d be REALLY gaining anything…? If I would have been able to find out that the A/D conversion of midrange cards, such as the UR28M, have improved leaps and bounds since 2000, I would have instantly bought it. I just couldn’t find anything to support that and I am not going to spend $700 on a RME Babyface.
So I am okay on the Delta with Win7 64 for the time being. It is very positive that you are saying that you think the UR28M sounds better and this makes me start thinking about it again. I wish this forum (UR) was more active. It seems like BriHar is the only one really helping people with questions…haha. I was hoping to post some questions on the UR stuff here and get a plethora of information but it was mostly crickets, unlike the Cubase section.
So what made you (and others) switch from something like the Delta (PCI) to a UR (USB)? Was it because your system didn’t support PCI anymore? Lack of Win8 support?
Come on guys, sell me on the UR28M!!!