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M-Audio FireWire 1814 Computer Recording Interface  

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    Complete studio performance at a very reasonable price.

    The M-Audio FireWire 18/14 Computer Recording Interface helps you get your music down whether you're at a jam session or a serious gig. It has 18-in, 14-out audio interface complete with ADAT lightpipe for multichannel communication with other digital devices. Includes 8x4 analog I/O at up to 24-bit/96kHz and even 192kHz on the first two analog inputs and all four analog outs. High-quality mic/instrument preamps on channels 1 and 2. S/PDIF optical/coaxial digital I/O provides 2-channel PCM as well as pass-through of surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS material. Flexible internal mixing allows vitually any input to route to any output, including aux bus for effects send or monitor mix. Front-panel momentary switch allows DJ-style headphone cueing between two asignable sources. Two headphone amps, assignable level controller, 1x1 MIDI I/O, and BNC word clock connectors. PC/Mac. It is also compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered 8.

    Features

    • 8x4 - 24-bit/96kHz analog I/O (1/4"TS) or 2x4 24-bit/192kHz analog I/O
    • 8x8 ADAT lightpipe I/O with S/MUX support for 4-channel 96kHz operation
    • Digital S/PDIF (optical/coaxial) I/O with 2-channel PCM
    • Digital out supports pass-through of AC-3/DTS surround-encoded content
    • Dual mic/instrument preamps (Neutrik XLR/1/4" TS) with input level controls, 20dB pad, phantom power, and signal LEDs
    • Dual stereo headphone outputs with individual level controls (1/4" TRS)
    • Flexible software-controlled mixing of hardware and software I/O
    • Aux sends on all channels; aux out assign allows dedicated earphone mixes and sends to external effects
    • User-assignable front-panel level control (output, input, software return, aux send)
    • Near zero-latency hardware direct monitoring
    • Low-latency ASIO software direct monitoring
    • Momentary switch for A/B cueing 2 software-assignable headphone sources or ASIO monitoring on/off
    • 1x1 - 16-channel MIDI I/O
    • Word clock I/O
    • Power on/off with LED
    • Powered via FireWire bus or included DC power adapter
    • 2 convenient high-bandwidth FireWire ports
    • Compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered 8

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    4.1

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    Perfect balance of $ and sound

    When I built a new DAW, I wanted to upgrade from the M-Audio 2496 PCI Card I had been using to more inputs, firewire, and a breakout box. After comparing cost and...Read complete review

    When I built a new DAW, I wanted to upgrade from the M-Audio 2496 PCI Card I had been using to more inputs, firewire, and a breakout box. After comparing cost and features, it came down to the Firewire 1814 and the Edirol FA-101.I first purchased the Edirol because they had shipping 64 bit drivers (I run XP 64 on a DAW with 2 dual core Opteron 285s). After 2 weeks of working with Edirol tech support to try and get the drivers to recognize the hardware and load properly, I returned the FA-101 (Musician's Friend was great; "don't like it? No problem, send it back").I then crossed my fingers and purchased the 1814 with "beta" drivers (M-Audio says they are waiting for Vista to release before posting the release drivers). There is no installation program, you just unzip the drivers to a directory and when the OS recognizes the hardware, point it to the directory. I did just that, the hardware was recognized immediately and I was up and running in 10 seconds. After 2 weeks of messing with the FA-101 it was a relief!The sound is great, the features are great, the drivers have given me no trouble at all. I laid down a number of audio and MIDI tracks to exercise everything.I give the 1814 an "8" for features instead of a higher mark for 2 reasons; 1) there is a cord bundle on the back for MIDI, SPDIF, and word clock ports. I would prefer that the plugs be built into the chassis to avoid the cable mess, and 2) if you connect it to a desktop machine with a 6-wire 1394 cable, the unit will pull power from the bus - you are instructed to NOT use the wall wart transformer (I solved this by purchasing a 4 pin to 6 pin adapter plug and using a 6 to 4 pin 1394 cable to take the connection down to 4 pins and then into the adapter back to 6 pins, thus eliminiating the power pins). My computer power supply has enough of a load with 2 dual core processors, a fast GPU, a SCSI controller, etc, etc, without using it for the sound interface when there is another readily available option.So I have to ask myself - why didn't I just go with M-Audio in the first place? I sure will next time.

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    Have MAC? Then Don't Buy This!!!

    I've owned many Maudio products over the years but they have lost my business. Many of us semi-pro working our way to Pro studios come to need a portable unit. Most of us that...Read complete review

    I've owned many Maudio products over the years but they have lost my business. Many of us semi-pro working our way to Pro studios come to need a portable unit. Most of us that have been doing this for some time have learned our Windows Lessons and moved onto things that work better like Mac's.Bottom Line - if you have a Mac running Leopard there are only beta drivers out and they will most likely cause your Mac to crash after boot if the unit is attached and on. I have been in contact with Maudio support and development promised final drivers to be delivered mid-March. Ha ha ha, I guess an early April fool's joke. Don't even try to use this on a Mac Pro.P.S. - The unit boasts good features for the money but most stink or don't work. Sound quality, Stability, and Performance are paramount in our work and the 1814 lacks in every area. It can be an appealing package for the money but even for mobile use it's really flaky... just simply a waste of money.

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    5.0

    No problems so far

    Ordered the 1814 as the deal of the day last week. It is my first audio interface. I am a trumpet player just getting into the realm of recording. I researched the product a lot before I bought it. A few tips are, if you need to purchase a firewire card, make sure you get one with the Texas Instruments chipset, as it is the most compatible. If you have Windows Media Centre Edition, you should think about upgrading to XP Home or Pro. Also, before first connecting the device, go to M-Audios website and get the latest drivers. I followed these tips, and everything works like a charm on my PC. I have a P4, 2.5 GB Ram, and XP Pro SP3. The firewire card I purchased is a Siig NN-440012-S8. Good luck!

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    2.0

    Aweful AD converters

    By JJ7645

    from Zion, IL.

    I bought this unit new a long while back. I STRUGGLED to get my guitar recordings to sound good. After I bought this I replaced my speaker cab, my mics, my cables, all of my amp emulation gear, tearing my hair out to get a sound tat wasn't horrible. Turned out that it was that AD Converters that sounded bad. Once I started using the S/PDIF connector from my mic pre or guitar pre to the 1814 the sound improved remarkably.

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    5.0

    Well worth the price

    By GN1JFJave

    from Raleigh, NC

    I bought this unit to replace my AP192. I have not been disappointed. The ADAT is big plus for me. This allows me to connect another Non-Protools supported device and use it with ProTools. So with the inputs of the 1814 and the other Device, I have an abundance of options for routing and recording.The quality of the Mic inputs could stand to be cleaner. But the unit is built solidly. I have never had any issues with drivers or installation of any of the m-audio products and the 1814 is no exception.

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    1.0

    Have MAC? Then Don't Buy This!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've owned many Maudio products over the years but they have lost my business. Many of us semi-pro working our way to Pro studios come to need a portable unit. Most of us that have been doing this for some time have learned our Windows Lessons and moved onto things that work better like Mac's.Bottom Line - if you have a Mac running Leopard there are only beta drivers out and they will most likely cause your Mac to crash after boot if the unit is attached and on. I have been in contact with Maudio support and development promised final drivers to be delivered mid-March. Ha ha ha, I guess an early April fool's joke. Don't even try to use this on a Mac Pro.P.S. - The unit boasts good features for the money but most stink or don't work. Sound quality, Stability, and Performance are paramount in our work and the 1814 lacks in every area. It can be an appealing package for the money but even for mobile use it's really flaky... just simply a waste of money.

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    5.0

    A lot for the money.

    By Ryan-pO1ZI

    from Missouri

    I bought this interface to use with Pro Tools M-Powered. This is a great way to get a powerful Pro-Tools setup at a low price. This interface matched with Pro-Tools M-Powered is similar to a Digi-002 Rack. I use this interface to record all kinds of bands. The 8 analog inputs are very useful when recording drums and other input demanding sessions. The expandability with the adat input is huge plus. I plan on getting preamps (such as Presonus's Digimax) with an adat output to expand my analog inputs to 16. You won't find another interface with this much expandability and this many features at this price, especially, the possibility of using Pro-Tools.

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    5.0

    Great for the price

    By [-CA]

    from Boston, MA

    When I first saw this, I was a little hesitant to buy it. But then one of my buddies had one, so I decided to try it. He was running a Mackie 1604VLZ-Pro mixer using the 8 direct outs from the board to the 8 balanced/unbalanced inputs in the back of the interface. With the Machie preamps and the flexibility of the firewire interface, this thing was great!I decided to buy the same set-up he had, the Mackie 1604VLZ-Pro and this M-Audio Firewire 1814 Interface. It was such a great decision and also my advice to you. If you need more inputs, you can simply (but not really cost-efficiently) buy another Mackie (or and other mixer with direct outputs) and another M-Audio 1814, and you can have even more channels.I use this setup to record bands anywhere from 3-8 pieces. Using this setup with Pro Tools M-Powered (although a little tough to learn at first) will make your recordings sound pretty damn amazing.

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    2.0

    sent back this product

    i was excited to have such a great sounding card. Unfortunately, it kept crashing my new IMAC. And whether it showed up or not, was very inconsistent. It got to the point where my computer could not reboot. Apple blamed it on this soundcard. So, I sent it back. Frustrated. Still looking for a replacement sound card.

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    4.0

    Excellent alternative to Digidesign hardware.

    By StudioRat81

    from Shelby, NC

    I purchased this unit about a year ago, and my entire studio has been built around it. You can't go wrong with a device that gives you 16 simultaneous inputs AND three cue mixes AND hardware direct moitoring AND this kind of routing flexibility. I use Pro Tools M-Powered, and while my computer is pretty darn fast, it's easy to cause clicks and pops running at ultra-low latency levels when recording full bands, so the hardware direct monitoring is a godsend. The 8 channel ADAT input really opens up some great flexibility options, such as buying 2 eight channel preamps (I use the Octane) to allow up to 16 channels of really high quality recording. My only complaints are that one of the XLR ins is really noisy (sounds like it is going bad), and I wish that the 8 analog line ins were balanced. I would have also like to see a couple more balanced analog outputs instead of the 8 digital outs, but I can see where some folks would prefer the digital. The sound quality is great, though if you are a true audiophile, you could always spend a few grand on a couple of high end A/D/A converters. Personally, I think the 1814 does everything an interface at this price level should do and more. The only logical step up from here is an HD system, but who has that kind of dough?

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    5.0

    when it's this easy...

    By muso-2EDi9

    from Ashland OR

    Staff Reviewer

    Very clean sound, super easy to use, has lightpipe connections and can go to 192 if needed - I'm really happy with the sound and latency this interface is delivering in my home studio. Don't get too caught up in spec land... for the price this is a great unit.

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    5.0

    Perfect balance of $ and sound

    When I built a new DAW, I wanted to upgrade from the M-Audio 2496 PCI Card I had been using to more inputs, firewire, and a breakout box. After comparing cost and features, it came down to the Firewire 1814 and the Edirol FA-101.I first purchased the Edirol because they had shipping 64 bit drivers (I run XP 64 on a DAW with 2 dual core Opteron 285s). After 2 weeks of working with Edirol tech support to try and get the drivers to recognize the hardware and load properly, I returned the FA-101 (Musician's Friend was great; "don't like it? No problem, send it back").I then crossed my fingers and purchased the 1814 with "beta" drivers (M-Audio says they are waiting for Vista to release before posting the release drivers). There is no installation program, you just unzip the drivers to a directory and when the OS recognizes the hardware, point it to the directory. I did just that, the hardware was recognized immediately and I was up and running in 10 seconds. After 2 weeks of messing with the FA-101 it was a relief!The sound is great, the features are great, the drivers have given me no trouble at all. I laid down a number of audio and MIDI tracks to exercise everything.I give the 1814 an "8" for features instead of a higher mark for 2 reasons; 1) there is a cord bundle on the back for MIDI, SPDIF, and word clock ports. I would prefer that the plugs be built into the chassis to avoid the cable mess, and 2) if you connect it to a desktop machine with a 6-wire 1394 cable, the unit will pull power from the bus - you are instructed to NOT use the wall wart transformer (I solved this by purchasing a 4 pin to 6 pin adapter plug and using a 6 to 4 pin 1394 cable to take the connection down to 4 pins and then into the adapter back to 6 pins, thus eliminiating the power pins). My computer power supply has enough of a load with 2 dual core processors, a fast GPU, a SCSI controller, etc, etc, without using it for the sound interface when there is another readily available option.So I have to ask myself - why didn't I just go with M-Audio in the first place? I sure will next time.

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