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Shane_B.

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  1. It's a great card. I've already decided to return the 1810c when it arrives and check out the 68c because it's quite a bit less. Getting some flack at home over my recent bought of GAS. Would have been nice to have all the inputs on the front and not have to mess with a harness for midi but I'm lucky to be getting what I am so I can't complain. I just realized my current Firestudio Mobile is 11 years old. It was a good run. šŸ‘
  2. Nice! Do they keep up with drivers even on older stuff, or have they just not been an issue? I'd still be using the Fast Track Ultra if the drivers worked. Heck, I loved my EMU-0404 and would still be using it if I could. Bitflipper, CJ, and I got in to a lengthy discussion about that well over a decade ago regarding it's 192k capabilities and why I thought it sounded better. šŸ˜
  3. I just took a chance on one of the returns from Amazon. It said I have 90 days to return it for a refund. It's a shame because I had a nice setup with the Firewire Mobile. It did run hot and I always had in the back of my mind that it's going to let the magic smoke out some day. It still plays audio just fine. Great for mixing/mastering but the inputs are definitely fried.
  4. A bit of both actually. It was on backorder otherwise I would have set it up at Christmas. I'm planning out what I'm going to do for next Christmas now. I have to put it up against a wall in my dining room in a very limited space so I need to start planning and building a table now while I'm stuck inside for the winter. Come spring I have a ton of stuff to do here on the house. I opened it to check it a little while ago and it's a return even though it said it's new. Everything looks new, but they didn't open it carefully and you can tell. Also the bottle of smoke fluid it's supposed to come with is missing. It's ok though. I saw you can get scented fluid to put in them now I have an excuse. LOL! I want to get weed scented. That should be a hit at Christmas. Kidding. Everything looks new though. It's just the risk you take on Amazon.
  5. Thanks! I misunderstood the video I saw about it from Sweetwater or was it Presonus, can't recall which now. The way the video made it sound was USB-C was faster but it was compatible with 2.0 also if that's all you had. I just checked their website Gigabyte GA-170 and it's a 10Gb 3.1 port with a C connector. "The USB Type-Cā„¢ port with USB 3.1 support is a robust and slim connector for all of your devices with reversible plug orientation." The reversible part is debatable. I have a Samsung sound bar that uses a bluetooth dongle that connects to a USB-C port on the back for the sub and surround speakers. I couldn't get that thing to connect for nothin'. Spent 3 hours online, reading manuals, resetting everything, moving everything closer to it, nothing. I saw other people were having the same problem. Just for the heck of it I flipped the connector around and everything lit up and connected immediately. Also, thinking about this, you can set your PC to keep the USB ports powered even if you shut it down. The reports about the 1810c I saw where people had to unplug it even when they rebooted their PC has to be because of this. A simple system setting would fix that problem. šŸ¤žšŸ‘
  6. I just bought BiaB. I'm having major problems with it and if they won't fix it and make good on it I'm going to contact Sweetwater and tell them I want my money back and get a new 1810c from them. BiaB has a major bug in it that applies to the style of music I do most which renders it useless. They confirmed the bug but I have last years version (bought just beyond the 30 day grace period by a few days) and now I can't use it. I bought the audiophile version so I'll have more than enough credit at Sweetwater for an interface if they won't upgrade me and fix it, or have the worlds most expensive USB drive. šŸ˜Ÿ
  7. Here's a Prime example. HAH! I slay me. $50 new, I paid $34. It's still in the original wrapper they come in. I know it's original because I just bought a brand new one at Kohl's and it's an identical box and wrapper. It just came literally 3 minutes ago.
  8. I forgot to say that it says "New". Below that it says "Refurbished". That's what threw me off. I had already done my research and just quickly scanned the page and missed the "Refurb" part last night. It's still there. 3 left. Here's a link to it.
  9. 112 channels?! Holy crap! My biggest concern is obsolescence. I'm worried if I buy older gear or even new gear that's reaching the end of it's life cycle that I'll be stuck with something there are no updated drivers for and have a boat anchor again. This Mobile hasn't worked properly in a very long time and needs a firmware and driver update but even before they reach the end they stop working on them. I'd still be using my Fast Track Ultra if I could get drivers. It was a great interface when it worked.
  10. I would have to think they will start cracking down on the returns. I bought a bunch of high end Delta plumbing valves and fixtures that go with them for a big bathroom I remodeled a couple years ago on Amazon. All open box returns for less than the low end Delta fixtures you get at Lowe's. All of it was either brand new never opened or opened and never used. On the other hand, I can't tell you how many times I have bought new items and they were clearly used and damaged. I don't like using Amazon so much but it's to the point where you almost have to. For example filters for my furnace. They are an oddball size (20 x 20 x 5 Merv 13) and nobody has them. Even the seller on Amazon I have been buying them from for 8 years stopped selling them. Had to switch to someone else on Amazon that just started selling them. They last 6 months but the one in there now is over a year because I couldn't get them until just now. Got 2 on the way.
  11. The most I'll ever use is 4 at once so I think it should be great. I got by with my old M-Audio Fast Track Ultra for years and it was USB 1.0 iirc. It was a great interface when you could get it to work. Thanks
  12. I just looked again. There are only 3 left. But, toward the bottom it says in small print "Refurbished by Amazon". I've bought a ton of stuff off Amazon that was returned or refurbished and it was actually brand new. I'm always leery about used and refurbished electronics like audio cards and video cards. Hope it works well for you. I've read horror stories about it. For example, my Mobile would randomly lock especially when changing sample rates. This has the same problem you have to unplug it as well as reboot your PC. One guy said you can't monitor in stereo because everything is set to mono and the Universal Control Mixer doesn't work with it. I don't know if I believe these reviews or not. Maybe I'll wait till you get yours. šŸ˜
  13. The flame went out on my Presonus Firestudio Mobile last night. No matter what I do I have a nice tube sounding crunch even at low gain levels on the inputs. It's nice for some things, but doesn't work so well for vocals, acoustic guitar, clean electric etc. etc.. I was thinking of a Presonus 1810c USB-C interface and just ripping out the firewire card. It was a nice card. Powered by the PSU, proper fw chipset. It worked great for many years. Presonus doesn't even make a firewire interface anymore that I can tell. The 1810c is going for $369 on Amazon right now which is a good price. It's $399 everywhere else except open box on eBay and a lot of places don't have it in stock. I've seen mixed reviews on it but then again I see that on everything so I'm at a total loss. I was enjoying 3.2ms RTL @ 96K on the Firewire Mobile in CbB. 5.8 RTL in S1 (tsk tsk tsk). I wonder if I can get close to that on the 1810c. It has a USB-C connection but I doubt it actually has that chipset/speed because it doubles as a USB 2.0 connection too. I can't imagine they would put both so I'm assuming the USB-C is actually USB 2.0 speeds. The PC I built has USB-C, USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 ports with backward compatibility. Thoughts? TIA.
  14. Only $75,000 dollars. https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPER-SALE-100K-SUPERB-LIONEL-TOY-TRAIN-COLLECTION-1901-1969-75-000-EX/373405756653?hash=item56f0b7aced:g:XL8AAOSwC~tdVLBm
  15. I found this email yesterday whilst looking for something else. I had actually joined previously under my first name but got away from music for a while, changed ISP's, couldn't access my old email, couldn't remember my login/password, and just created a new account. IIRC my original account was created just when they switched to that forum. It was in another place or format or something just prior to it. I remember a few posts by he who shall remain nameless about how great the new forum was. I can't remember the details now. I just realized my post count didn't carry over. I had over 7K there IIRC. Not that post count matters. Cakewalk Forums <forum@cakewalk.com> Mon 10/25/2010 9:27 AM To: You Dear Bub, Thank you for your registration. Before you can log in to our forum, you will need to confirm your e-mail by clicking on the following link:
  16. That's more of an occasional thing rather than a hobby, I would hope. šŸ˜ Although, I can totally see how it would become a lovely hobby. I was on some very restricted type pain killers when I recently had surgery. I didn't think it had an effect on me until I stopped. I really missed how calm and stress free it made me feel. I totally see how people get so hooked on it so easily.
  17. I didn't know that. I just saw it for the first time this year. I haven't actually used it but was thinking of getting a piece of the transition. I wonder if there's some way you can coat it with a light oil or something. I tried to use a Magic Eraser on my old track but it didn't even put a dent in it. Ended up using 220 grit. I see Menard's has cheap boxcars. I've seen video's of people using tiny airbrushes to detail them. I was really in to this when I was a kid but man, there is no way I can get back in to it like I was then. My wife would never allow it, and rightfully so. It reminds me of Harley's in a way. Only the old rich guys can afford this stuff now.
  18. Very nice layout! We're going to put my old Nickel Plate Road one under the tree next year but put the new one in our dining room up against a wall. I'll have to buy some 031 radius because it's a tight spot. The set comes with 036. Is the Fastrack forgiving at all? I designed a layout using Anyrail and it shows that the track doesn't meet by an 1/8 inch maybe a bit more. Is Fastrack flexible or forgiving in any way? It seems to be pretty rigid from the pics I've seen.
  19. You are absolutely right! I was just testing Bapu. Yeah, that's what I'm going with. I was testing him. šŸ˜
  20. LOL! I remember when a 6 pack of HO track was like $1.97 at K-Mart.
  21. I have a late 60's Nickel Plate Road engine and coal car. I figured it would at least be worth $100. Not even close. There is a Home Depot type chain here in the midwest called Menard's. It's like Lowe's and HD combined, only on steroids. They have a pretty big train section of all things, at a lumber yard. They sell a generic O scale tube track that looks almost identical to the old Lionel stuff. They even sell a transition piece that goes from the old tube style to Fastrack. Check out Menard's train stuff. They have an O scale lighted and animated UFO abducting cows. It's unreal. LOL! My wife bought me a Lionel Christmas train set from Amazon for Christmas but it hasn't showed up yet. It will be here Thursday. I just checked and it's in stock again and you can't get it anywhere for this price. You could turn around and sell it on ebay and make $75 bucks. Here's a link to it. They are selling on eBay right now for $300 plus $35 shipping. Amazon has them for $234. I also bought 2 boxcars dirt cheap. One at Kohl's of all places and the other was a returned item on Amazon.
  22. This is one of my favorite songs and you did an incredible job with it! I still use TTS-1 too. It's still very usable after all these years. Edit: I thought the next song that came up was yours too but I think I was mistaken. Wish I knew who it was for sure because it was a great song too. LOL! Thanks.
  23. Ah, but if you count Macca's Goodbye that he cut a demo for and gave to Marian Faithful, then they're even. šŸ˜
  24. Around Christmas I dug out my old trains from when I was a kid. First time I had even looked at them in over 35 years maybe more. There was an old Lionel that I don't even remember in the the box but one piece of track was missing so I couldn't complete a simple circle to test it. On the back of each piece of track it had a price tag of .97 cents. So I throw on my mask and go to a local hobby store to pick up a piece of 0 scale track. $6 bucks each. I couldn't believe it. Looking online it's going for $5 each. $40 for a single switch track. Then I went down the rabbit hole of looking at new Lionel trains. $80 and more a boxcar. Hundreds up to thousands for an engine. Seems the best deal is to buy a set that comes with an engine, a few boxcars, and a simple oval of track. The sets start at $300 so I imagine they are lacking in quality and/or detail. My dad and I had a big very detailed layout when I was a kid and we were poor. I mean poor. It would cost thousands now to have a layout like I did when I was a kid. What's odd is, most of this stuff doesn't seem to keep it's value. My Lionel engine is from the late 60's and it's going for $20 bucks on eBay. I don't see how they are getting these prices now.
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