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Recommendations for a sound card to work with Cubase

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 2:48 pm
by drmq
Hi,

I've noticed that Cubase is quite sensitive to the sound card you are using.

At the moment I'm considering an upgrade so I wonder if you have any recommendations or feedback regarding the options that I'm considering:

https://focusrite.com/en/usb-c-audio-in ... t-4pre-usb
https://www.steinberg.net/en/shop/buy_p ... rface.html

In particular I'm concerned with what I have read about the Focusrite drivers. Are they working well now?

My priorities are (in order):
1. stable
2. low latency
3. enough inputs for: phantom/passive mic+guitar jack+1 line input. ideally the phantom switch will not affect all of the inputs at once.
4. 2 headphone outputs connected to 2 line outs
5. midi in/out

Thanks!

Re: Recommendations for a sound card to work with Cubase

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:06 pm
by cubace
The problem is mostly not the connection with Cubase it's how it interact with your computer.
If stable, low latency is of importance dont go usb. Thunderbolt or pcie.

Re: Recommendations for a sound card to work with Cubase

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:44 pm
by garymusic
I use an Apogee Ensemble but that might be out of your price range and you may not need what it provides is a great clock and outstanding A/D converters. I use a hardware mixer that I use to monitor that I'm really use to so the Apogee fit my needs. But If I didn't already have a mixer I would look to UAD.

I think if I was starting out I would look to a UAD Apollo because you can use their plugins on the way in. That is important if you don't have a lot of nice high end pre amps like Avalon or Neve. Their plugins are really outstanding.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/search ... uad+apollo

Good luck. Welcome to the money pit of a home studio. :)

Re: Recommendations for a sound card to work with Cubase

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:08 pm
by drmq
Thanks for the tips!