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Interface failed, need a new one, any recommendations?

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My Behringer 1820 suddenly went down yesterday, not good, seeing as it’s only three years old.
It made a strange "crackling" noise there was a burning smell, I’m not even going to bother to open it up.
This is a good time to get something else, I’ve thought about a couple of things, I need 8 I/O.
The Motu, and Focusrite Scarlett, or Clarett, not sure it’ll be worth me spending that much on the Clarett, I know it’s a good sounding unit, but may be a bit OTT for me now, given my hearing these days.
Can’t think of anything else, maybe people can throw in a few ideas, and one thing I do need is a front panel "Mix" knob like the Behringer has.
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Audient EVO16?
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Kwackman wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:04 am Audient EVO16?

Thanks, that looks perfect, price-wise.
Just need to check it’ll work with my Mac running High Sierra.
Is it rack mountable? I need that really.
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Seems you can get rack ears for it. Doesn’t seem to be included, though.
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Stig Ø wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:31 am Seems you can get rack ears for it. Doesn’t seem to be included, though.

Thanks, it looks good, I’m setting a budget for this, around £500, give or take, so it’s going on the shortlist.
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Arpangel wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:23 am
Kwackman wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:04 am Audient EVO16?

Thanks, that looks perfect, price-wise.
Just need to check it’ll work with my Mac running High Sierra.
Is it rack mountable? I need that really.

The EVO does not have any DIN MIDI ports if that matters Tony? As you were a fan of Behringer (no more mayhap?) how about a smaller interface with ADAT and an ADA8200? The latter could be upgraded later?

Then there is the Tascam 16/08 and after their disaster with the US2000 they now DO fit DINs! Rack mountable to boot.

I would LOVE to suggest a MOTU but the biggies ARE expensive.

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ef37a wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 9:01 am
Arpangel wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:23 am
Kwackman wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:04 am Audient EVO16?

Thanks, that looks perfect, price-wise.
Just need to check it’ll work with my Mac running High Sierra.
Is it rack mountable? I need that really.

The EVO does not have any DIN MIDI ports if that matters Tony? As you were a fan of Behringer (no more mayhap?) how about a smaller interface with ADAT and an ADA8200? The latter could be upgraded later?

Then there is the Tascam 16/08 and after their disaster with the US2000 they now DO fit DINs! Rack mountable to boot.

I would LOVE to suggest a MOTU but the biggies ARE expensive.

Dave.

Thanks Dave, that’s a good idea about ADAT, I’ve got a smaller Berry, I’ll see if it works with that.
I’ve just looked at the Motu 8 Pre, that’s around £500/600 quid, that could be an option, oh yes, I must have DIN Midi, so the Evo is off the list.
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Thought you might miss those Mr T!
I cannot understand AI peeps leaving these ports off? Even very cheap AIs and other devices have them so they must cost nanties to implement?

There is some excuse for very wee devices but we now see MIDI on 3.5mm TRS (Ugh!) and there is always the 'D' breakout cable. Messy I know but it gets the job done.

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Post by Drew Stephenson »

I've got a 16x08 and so far it's been a very reliable and useable bit of kit. Bear in mind the first 8 channels are mic only though, no combo sockets. You've still got 8 line (or 6 line and two hi-z) inputs.
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Drew Stephenson wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 9:57 am I've got a 16x08 and so far it's been a very reliable and useable bit of kit. Bear in mind the first 8 channels are mic only though, no combo sockets. You've still got 8 line (or 6 line and two hi-z) inputs.

Never had one Drew but they have been around a long time so any bugs should have been well shaken out by now? The fact that we now hear little about them is good news I think.

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ef37a wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 10:38 am
Drew Stephenson wrote: Mon Jun 05, 2023 9:57 am I've got a 16x08 and so far it's been a very reliable and useable bit of kit. Bear in mind the first 8 channels are mic only though, no combo sockets. You've still got 8 line (or 6 line and two hi-z) inputs.

Never had one Drew but they have been around a long time so any bugs should have been well shaken out by now? The fact that we now hear little about them is good news I think.

Dave.

The only other caveat I'd add is that it doesn't seem to play nicely with Zoom (as in the provider of remote meetings, not the audio hardware company).
Aside from that I'm a happy owner.
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Post by Moroccomoose »

You can pick up a profire 2626 on ebay for less than £150. Plus another £20 for a firewire card and Bob's yer Auntie's live-in lover!
Admittedly firewire is a bit old hat, but my profire is more stable in win 11 than it ever has been.
That said, I have already decided that when the time comes, the EVO16 looks like the ideal replacement. Will definitely be going for a USB3 option. I'm less concerned about midi as most midi stuff is already USB, or it is easy enough to get a USB midi interface. I guess the new limit becomes how many USB ports will I need?!
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