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M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface  

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The M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface allows songwriters on a limited budget to enter the realm of digital recording. The unit is compatib...Read More

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A small, flexible, affordable way to turn your computer into a songwriting studio.

The M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface allows songwriters on a limited budget to enter the realm of digital recording. The unit is compatible with most popular music software and is small enough to take anywhere your music needs to go. The FireWire Solo has a 1/4" input for electric instruments, as well as an XLR input for recording vocals or acoustic instruments. Dual line inputs are ideal for effects, drum machines, or other outboard gear. FireWire connectivity, 24-bit/96kHz sample rate support, and digital I/O all add up to outstanding sonic performance.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit/96kHz sample rate support
  • XLR input with 48V phantom power, gain control, and clip LED
  • 1/4" input with gain control and clip LED
  • S/PDIF digital I/O
  • 2 - 1/4" line inputs
  • 2 - 1/4" line outputs
  • Dual FireWire ports with bus power
  • ASIO2, WDM, GSIF2, MME, and Core Audio compatibility
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Rackmountable

Don't let your limited budget hold you back. Enter the digital recording age with just a few clicks!

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M-AudioFireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface
 
4.4

(based on 28 reviews)

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M-Audio FireWire Solo

Had a little more trouble setting up than expected. Old enough (didn't realize) that W7 drivers were not on included disc. After update from website, software told me to unplug-replug device....Read complete review

Had a little more trouble setting up than expected. Old enough (didn't realize) that W7 drivers were not on included disc. After update from website, software told me to unplug-replug device. Nervous, as hot-plugging was highly not recommended in user manual, and this was my first firewire device.Purchased for use with Pro-Tools MP9, and had to upgrade to 7 from Vista for that reason. Occasionally, have to restart system for M-Audio software to detect hardware, even though Pro-Tools must have seen it to initiate itself, but other than that have no complaints. Great for a stereo input from 2nd laptop running pre-set effect racks. Will try with Ableton soon as I can get over enjoying Pro-Tools so much.

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Terrible

Got the item quickly. Set it up quickly. Recorded some nice tests to begin with. Then it all went to hell in a handbasket. First off, let me say that this item...Read complete review

Got the item quickly. Set it up quickly. Recorded some nice tests to begin with. Then it all went to hell in a handbasket. First off, let me say that this item comes with the warning: "Do not hot plug--it can destroy your computer!" BUT the first thing you have to do when installing it (as per the Firewire enable) is TO HOT PLUG IT! Apparently you can do this when enabling it. Why? I don't know--M-Audio support wouldn't respond to my questions. So, I went ahead & followed the enabler's instructions. Everything seemed fine. Two days later my system stopped recognizing the interface. So, following the software's instructions, I reinstalled the interface only to be told it isn't compatible with my system (funny that as M-Audio's site says my system is just fine!). So (foolishly assuming it would help) I also updated the drivers. Then, having re-re-installed the software, I ran the Firewire enabler again, which asked me to hot plug it AGAIN. So I did and SURPRISE! it caused my computer to perform a Crash Dump! And now, since I can't re-install this item I now own a $199 paperweight.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's been 2 years now

By Tulaga Whitcombe

from American Samoa

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

I've had this thing for ages and so far there's been zero problems. One thing though, I wish they would update the Firewire port to the new 800 instead of the old 400. Nothing a cable can't fix though
Everything you need to record if you're a 1 man band
There are better ones out there but I recorded a track that's headed to a million hits on youtube with this thing...
Best bang for the buck in it's class

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

M-Audio FireWire Solo

By Tom Ochsner

from Idaho

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

Had a little more trouble setting up than expected. Old enough (didn't realize) that W7 drivers were not on included disc. After update from website, software told me to unplug-replug device. Nervous, as hot-plugging was highly not recommended in user manual, and this was my first firewire device.Purchased for use with Pro-Tools MP9, and had to upgrade to 7 from Vista for that reason. Occasionally, have to restart system for M-Audio software to detect hardware, even though Pro-Tools must have seen it to initiate itself, but other than that have no complaints. Great for a stereo input from 2nd laptop running pre-set effect racks. Will try with Ableton soon as I can get over enjoying Pro-Tools so much.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Don't buy this if you are on Windows 7 !

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

Win7 users can't use this soundcard. Google something like 'M-AUDIO Firewire solo driver problem' and you'll find several threads on the topic... It's not a M-Audio problem, it looks like it's MICROSOFT again...Be careful, I just wasted $

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Alright..

By mike

from Huntington beach

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

So I use this thing all the time as a backup/portable interface. I have no complaints about the mic pres, I/O, or design. However, as with all the m-audio products I have used...the drivers are unreliable. I can never count on plugging it into my computer and it working right away.. but I always get it to work.. I personally wouldn't spend the cash on it, but luckily it is a friend's.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible

By gmarcum

from Chicago, IL

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

Got the item quickly. Set it up quickly. Recorded some nice tests to begin with. Then it all went to hell in a handbasket. First off, let me say that this item comes with the warning: "Do not hot plug--it can destroy your computer!" BUT the first thing you have to do when installing it (as per the Firewire enable) is TO HOT PLUG IT! Apparently you can do this when enabling it. Why? I don't know--M-Audio support wouldn't respond to my questions. So, I went ahead & followed the enabler's instructions. Everything seemed fine. Two days later my system stopped recognizing the interface. So, following the software's instructions, I reinstalled the interface only to be told it isn't compatible with my system (funny that as M-Audio's site says my system is just fine!). So (foolishly assuming it would help) I also updated the drivers. Then, having re-re-installed the software, I ran the Firewire enabler again, which asked me to hot plug it AGAIN. So I did and SURPRISE! it caused my computer to perform a Crash Dump! And now, since I can't re-install this item I now own a $199 paperweight.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Firewire Solo

By Orinoco

from Boston

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

The Firewire Solo is great for just what is mentioned in its name, solo artists. I have been using this device for two years on my mac and it works great. I just downloaded the driver online, followed the directions and BAM! you're ready to record. If you're not a solo artist though, and/or want to record more tracks simultaneously, this isn't for you. I'd suggest spending a bit more money for a firepod for that purpose.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Firewire Solo on a Mac

By SG Man-TiRLz

from Illinois

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

Another reviewer said this unit wouldn't work properly with his Mac. I've had my firewire solo for a couple years now and have had no problems whatsoever. All I've used it with are Macs. When I got a new computer with a higher OS, I had to wait a while before M-Audio came out with an updated driver, but now we're up and running.I use the firewire solo to record two-track audio directly into Garageband, and it's been everything I wanted. It allows me to record vocals and guitar (or anything else that can be hooked up with a 1/4 in cable) simultaneously and independently edit the two on my computer after recording. I don't utilize all of the unit's capabilities - I've never really looked at the rear panel - but it's excellent for my purposes, and works wonderfully with my Mac. Also pretty decently priced. I got a factory refurb with a couple scratches on the top and paid under 200.Note: some multi-effects units may do the same thing (two-channel computer input), so if you're looking at effects too, check into that. I think the Line 6 POD x3 does that, but I don't have one so I can't say for sure.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple little guy

By theboredone

from Midwest

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

I've been using my Firewire solo since april of 2007 and I have yet to experience any sort of reliability or compatibility issues with it. I typically use it with my macbook pro and garageband to either to studio demos for local artists (by tracking each musician) or to record live shows that I'm doing the sound for (by using the headphone send on the larger mixer into the FW solo).When doing tracking work, I have no complaints, other than sometimes it gets a little laggy, but saving the project and restarting garageband fixes that. However, when doing live work, it is very hard to get the levels to a volume where it's loud enough to be comparable to other music. Thats not enough of an issue for me to not replace it if it were ever to die though. However, if it were to die, I'd take a close look at the Mackie U.420d before replacing it. I think the extra bit of $$$ would be well worth it to have a 3 band EQ, an extra mic input and an extra 1/4 inch input.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Love M-audio, but this is Silly

By Colin-8Rh9_

from Boston

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

If you own a Mac, for some reason, this audio interface is lousy. I've had Tiger, and Leopard on two different computers using it with this thing, and I have the same problem. What happens is that I will connect it, everything will work perfectly for about 30 minutes or so, and then all of a sudden, the driver will just drop out and No sound. I will then have to unplug it, replug it, go to system preferences, and choose my soundcard output once again. This is SO ANNOYING. Why it does it, I have no idea. I cannot rely on this thing. It's sad, because I love M-Audio's stuff, usually there stuff is always great. Perhaps this thing is defective.

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5.0

My entry into digital recording

By Crawdad-4S2zf

from Turlock, CA

Comments about M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface:

I got my M-Audio FireWire Solo two months ago to start doing digital recording using GarageBand and have been generally pleased with its performance, though I agree the manual wasn't helpful. The unit turned out to be fairly intuitive and I completed a decent recording the first day using my Intel-based IMac. I now have seven tunes mixed and in the can.The one drawback is that M-Audio still doesn't have a driver for the new Mac system 10.5.1 Leopard, so I have one small problem with the headphone output which I suspect is driver related.Other than that, it has been perfect.

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