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  1. Thanks, but I am in Australia. Some of the prices are cheaper, but the postage to Australia seems to be a bit exorbitant and makes it no cheaper than buying from a local dealer and in some cases more expensive. $157.00 to post a small box from the USA to Oz?
  2. Different interfaces have different things that they are good and not so good at. I was surprised for example, that the Focusrite Clarett+ 2Pre has great dynamic range but quite weak preamp gain. The MOTU M series seems to do quite well at everything and other interfaces also have different areas where they are good and not so good..
  3. For those interested in purchasing a new audio interface, Julian Krause is considered by many as the god of audio interface selection. He conducts lots of independent tests of the different audio interfaces and there are some surprises about the manufacturers stated specifications, and how they stack up against his independent measurements. Personally, I like to see that the interface I am going to buy has the approval of Julian Krause although specs are not everything of course. Here is his general audio interface buying guide but he also has videos on his tests of specific interfaces. Oh wow! I just realized this is my 1000th post, do I get a lolly?
  4. Yes, I didn't know that you could get a powerboard for USB devices that has individual USB port on/off switches, thanks for that. With the audio interface though, I feel more comfortable with it going straight to the computer rather than through a hub. Because I use the computer for website building and graphic design a lot now, for me, having a way to turn off the unit is a deal breaker. I liked the SSL2 interface and wrote to Solid State Logic asking them to perhaps consider that home musicians buying these smaller interfaces are probably using their computer for other things as well, and would like an on/off switch. They said they would forward my comments to their Product Manager. I think it is always a good idea to provide feedback to these companies, even though I am aware of just being a small fish in a big pond. In my travels around the net, I see this is a common complaint amongst a certain group of people. Thankfully, there are still good options out there that have an easy way to turn the unit off. The Motu M series seems to be leading the pack at the moment for me. The more I look at this interface the more I like about it.
  5. Thanks for that, I initially dismissed the Focusrite boxes because they have no on/off switch but apparently the Scarlett 8i6 does have an on/off switch and so does the Clarett 2pre. I think I might have to accept that I need 2 interfaces, one for the studio with the on/off switch and one for when I'm out and about on the laptop where an on/off switch isn't important. A local shop has the Clarett+ at $689.00, which is a good deal, a little stretch for my budget but doable, the Scarlett 8i6 is about $450.00 which is within my set budget of approx $500.00.
  6. Thanks, I am looking at the smaller interfaces as I only really need 2 XLR inputs, I've never used the full 4 on my UR44. The lack of an on/off switch seems to knock a lot of these small interfaces out. I really liked the Audient stuff but alas, no on/off switch. Th MOTU boxes do have the on/off switch but as you say, there may be some problems with windows, I will buy new, so if there are problems at least there is a warranty, I guess that's one way to protect myself against that.
  7. So, I am about to purchase a new audio interface. My current one is the Steinberg UR44. I've been whizzing around Google looking at the options and looking at the reviews on Youtube. I thought the choice would be easy but it really isn't. There are many new interfaces on the market but from my perspective, a lot of them don't provide what I need or seem to have dodgy drivers or unreliability, quite a few complaints by people out there. The UR44 has been great as far as latency, drivers and general reliability and it meets all my requirements but I think I might be able to get an interface with better sound quality. Looking at the specs, the UR series of interfaces, seem to be lacking a bit, in relation to the newer interfaces out there. Maybe some others are using different interfaces? I have a number of requirements and I am not sure whether there are workarounds. I was about to buy one only to find it had a severe drawback related to monitoring vocals. I am on windows 11. So my requirements are: 1. Must have an on/off switch I do other stuff on my computer that is not audio related and need to be able to turn off the interface when I'm not using it. Most of the options out there have no on/off switch. 2. Must have zero latency direct monitoring of some sort. 3. only require 2 X XLR inputs 4. A decent DI for using amp sims 5. Low latency drivers 6. Quality preamps 7. Reliability At the moment, the only interface I can find that meets most of the requirements above is the MOTU M4. The only worry I have with it is the driver reliability on windows. It also only comes with a 12 month warranty. If anyone has any other suggestions, that would be great.
  8. Tezza

    Update: Guitar Rig 6.3.0

    Thanks, I'll keep it in mind, but the computer is new and i had so called "silent fans" installed when it was built. Not sure I would switch them out, but worth investigating.
  9. Tezza

    Audient iD24

    This worries me about Audient interfaces, there seems to be quite a few weird things going on with them being reported in various places. I was thinking about getting the id4 mkii, but i am not sure now after looking around.
  10. Tezza

    Update: Guitar Rig 6.3.0

    Out of interest, I asked ChatGPT what to do about my computer fans and which is the best amp sim software. Chat GPT has become the definitive authority on everything in my place, here's what it said: Q. my computer fans are noisy, how can i make them quieter? A.There are a few things you can try to make your computer fans quieter: 1. Clean the fans: Dust can accumulate on the fans, making them work harder and generate more noise. Use a can of compressed air or a soft brush to clean the fans and make sure they are running smoothly. 2. Adjust fan speeds: If your computer has a BIOS setting or a fan control software, you can adjust the fan speeds to make them run slower and quieter. However, make sure not to set the fans to run too slow as it may cause your computer to overheat. 3. Upgrade fans: If your fans are old or low-quality, consider upgrading to newer, quieter fans. Look for fans that have a low decibel (dB) rating and a higher airflow rating. 4. Check the placement of your computer: Make sure your computer has adequate space around it and is not placed in a cramped or enclosed area, which can cause the fans to work harder and generate more noise. 5. Use sound-dampening materials: You can use sound-dampening materials, such as acoustic foam or rubber feet, to reduce the amount of noise that escapes from your computer. These materials can absorb and dissipate sound waves, making your computer quieter. By trying out these steps, you should be able to reduce the noise from your computer fans. Q. What is the best guitar amp sim software? A. There are many guitar amp sim software options available, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Here are a few of the most popular ones: 1. Bias FX 2: Bias FX 2 is a popular guitar amp sim software that offers a wide variety of amp models, effects, and cabinet simulations. It's known for its high-quality sound and customization options, allowing users to create their own unique tones. 2. Amplitube: Amplitube is another popular amp sim software that offers a wide range of amp models and effects. It also has a user-friendly interface, making it easy to use for both beginners and advanced users. 3. Guitar Rig: Guitar Rig is a well-regarded amp sim software that features a wide range of amp models and effects. It's known for its intuitive interface and high-quality sound. 4. Helix Native: Helix Native is a popular amp sim software that's modeled after Line 6's Helix hardware unit. It offers a wide range of amp models, effects, and cabinet simulations, and is known for its high-quality sound and versatility. 5. S-Gear: S-Gear is a lesser-known but highly regarded amp sim software that's known for its high-quality amp models and effects. It offers a user-friendly interface and is particularly well-suited for blues and rock tones. Ultimately, the best guitar amp sim software will depend on your personal preferences and the type of music you're playing. It's a good idea to try out a few different options to see which one works best for you.
  11. Tezza

    Update: Guitar Rig 6.3.0

    Thanks for all that info, from memory, i set the BIOS setting to "silent mode", I think there were 3 settings. Well if this is silent mode I hate to think what noisy mode is! I'll definitely take another look in the BIOS see if anything can be done manually. Thanks for the links. Yes, GR6 is definitely more CPU heavy than GR5. I tend to use S-Gear mostly, simply because it's easier to use, I like the format of just having an amp sitting there, where you can twiddle the knobs, without all the confusion of a multi windowed leviathan. It's also good if you have a single monitor, if you want to change anything while your mixing, it's a smaller box that pops up, together with the other windows. Where i find GR6 is great, is when you want to create a unique sound for the guitar, sometimes to the point where it might not even sound like a guitar. I've got other amp sims as well, but i just don't use them, mainly because of the bulky and confusing GUI. I think this is the future, namely, if you want to use modern VST instruments, synths or amp sims, then you have to have a modern computer to run them, big CPU with lots of RAM. Otherwise, you'll have a better experience running older software with an older computer. I should add, I've only recently got the new guitar, so I'm retesting all the amp sims I have, it is definitely a very different experience with the new guitar and computer.
  12. Tezza

    Update: Guitar Rig 6.3.0

    People probably have different opinions about AMD or Intel, I've always used intel because years ago when i ran a video editing business, it was well known that intel had less compatibility problems with third party hardware and software/drivers etc. That may not be the case today, i wouldn't know, I just stick with intel out of habit now really. The fan noise problem is really, REALLY, annoying. Everything i do on the computer causes it to rev, load a song?...rev, edit some video?....rev, windows updates itself?...rev. It's constantly going up and down, all the time i use it. My laptop is more of a constant noise, it turns on for a while, then dies down or turns off but i only use it for internet and website building. I can address the noise issue with the laptop by downgrading to a 6 or 7th gen i5, which will still be enough power for what i do with it. As far as the PC is concerned, i don't know what to do with it at the moment, I'll need to research it. But, yeh, the noise is a massive issue as far as I'm concerned.
  13. I've used the Steinberg UR interfaces as well. I have found them to be rock solid on windows. Never once having an issue with any of them, which cannot be said of the other interfaces i have tried. I would put money on it, that whatever problem your having, it's not the fault of the UR22.
  14. Tezza

    Update: Guitar Rig 6.3.0

    This is what forced me to upgrade the computer in the end. I had an i5 3rd gen with 8 gig of ram. Komplete ultimate 10 ran ok with it, gr5 etc although I could never get latency really acceptable with amp sims and instead, ran through pedals with direct monitoring. It was almost there, but on fast guitar parts, the timing just wasn't right. Same thing with VST keyboards and pianos etc, although i could "get by" with these. But when i put KU 13 on everything ran slow, like really slow, sometimes taking 1 minute or more just to open GR6 or the new massive etc. It was bad. Then i got a new computer, an 11th gen i7 with 32gig ram. Basically, all of these problems just went away. Latency is a non issue and running the KU13 instruments and GR6 etc is fine. Also, the VST pianos etc are all great now, i can play really fast parts without timing issues. The only annoyance with the new computer, is the noise it makes, not too bad on cool days but turns into a revving motorcycle on hot days. My previous computer was dead silent, all the time. In terms of guitar though, i swapped out the mexican Strat for a player series double humbucker Tele (with push/pull pots for single coil function) and this change really helped with the overall sound. I've got more of a respect for the amp sims now. My previous Strat was too harsh and grainy for the computer but the Tele sounds warm and fat, with all the harshness gone, much better for direct recording with the computer, even when i switch to the single coils. The Strat sounded great through an amp, just not with direct in to a computer, I thought it was the interface DI, but it was the guitar. So in terms of getting a better guitar sound using amp sims, changing software = meh!, changing guitars= MEGA! and upgrading the computer = SUPER MEGA! The only thing left to change now, is the interface. The UR44 has been good but it is old and i don't think i'm getting the best sound from it. Also, I've only ever used 1 input at a time really, occasionally 2. For an even better amp sim guitar sound, I think i might switch to an Audient id4 mkii or id14 mkii. Maybe, this will upgrade my sound to SUPER DUPER MEGA!
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