M-audio announces the successor to the 410.

I was one of the first owners of the M-Audio Firewire410. It’s been on the road with me for a few years and never gave me any problems. When a tiny screw fell out of the front of the unit I emailed M-Audio to see if they would send me a new one. Two days later I receive a package of new screws, a hat and a shirt (I know I told this story before). M-Audio you were nice to me so back at you! Here’s some free press for your new toy. I remember when M-Audio was called Midiman. They were a little outfit with ads in the back of Keyboard Magazine. How did you get so big? I’ll tell you one thing, they sure know how to style consumer electronics. I don’t even need this and I want one. Remember this is also an inexpensive way in to Pro-tools.

Designed by the company that revolutionized mobile music production with the industry-standard FireWire 410, the ProFire™ 610 FireWire audio/MIDI interface transforms your Mac or PC into a powerful 6-in/10-out recording studio. Premium digital converters deliver high-definition, 24-bit/192kHz audio throughout the signal path. Two preamps with award-winning Octane™ technology offer clean, transparent sound with low noise and exceptional headroom. Onboard DSP mixing provides a totally flexible recording experience—perfect for creating multiple, independent monitor mixes. The user-assignable master volume knob gives you flexible control over output levels. MIDI I/O allows you to connect keyboards and other outboard MIDI hardware. The half-rack-space unit also doubles as a standalone two-channel microphone preamp and A/D-D/A converter. ProFire 610 is compatible with most major audio software, making it an unbeatable choice for personal, high-definition recording.

More info at the M-audio site: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on August 29, 2008 at 12:52 pm, filed under hardware and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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One Response to “M-audio announces the successor to the 410.”

  1. Kent Sandvik says:

    I was also one of the first FW410 owners, I pre-ordered one two months before they were shipping.

    The FW410 got a bad rep, but it was not due to the HW, mostly the drivers where the quality goes up and down with each release. Just now the drivers for OSX 10.5.x are very stable with the exception of sleep mode causing the device to stop sending out audio from time to time — that’s been the biggest problem I’ve had with FW410.

    Another thing to remember with FW410 and similar firewire devices — you need to make them self-powered for laptop performance use, if the laptop does not provide enough power to the device, all kinds of strange things will happen.

    Also, in the studio I actually don’t self-power FW410, instead have it connected direct to the MacPro system. Why? Because when I reboot the system, FW410 is also rebooted, eliminating issues with a device and the system not being in sync due to all kinds of special cases.

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