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USB3 audio interfaces seem rare Most are still USB2


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Both the PreSonus and Arturia products are pretty much the same thing as previous interfaces but with USB-C. The Arturia ones have a few unique features, like effects sends on two of the channels for their 8 channel version, but I don't see anything on either that allows easier expansion or more versatile control from a computer or iPad. E.g. stuff like MOTU and iConnectivity are doing.

 

They're fine in the sense that if you're hooking them up to computers or devices with USB-C ports, the cable is plug-n-play. If they deliver power, it might even be really good for (new) iPad work. But there's definitely too little innovation in audio interfaces.

 

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I'd be genuinely interested in what you see as options for serious innovation in audio interfaces? :thu:

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But there's definitely too little innovation in audio interfaces.

 

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I'd be genuinely interested in what you see as options for serious innovation in audio interfaces? :thu:

 

AVB support is a good example. Or Dante/Ravenna/etc. though unless there is a very widely adopted interoperable solution, a lot of value is lost. (And with a proprietary spec, there tends to be a lot of motivation to keep the price point on products higher.) Both MOTU and PreSonus have some great AVB interfaces. The standard has not been as successful as it should be, but it supports a lot of great use cases.

 

Putting WiFi parameter control on the boxes ala the GSI Gemini and a few other products would be very useful.

 

More options for integrated recording or recording without a computer. (E.g. a way to config the interface to use the USB port for writing audio files to directly plugged in storage. Easier to do with USB-C as the connectors are the same in both directions.)

 

I can imagine further out stuff like voice control and auto preamp level setting, etc. But really the point was there are a lot of companies making products that are very similar to each other. They end up having to compete on price and marketing. (And of course a lot of that marketing is trying to convince you the interface will sound better. There's not much to that within the same pricing tier. Not a whole lot to it even across all pricing tiers, but so it goes.)

 

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Per a use case, the Radial KL-8 could be done as an app on top of MOTU's or (likely) PreSonus' AVB interfaces. (Sans the two USB ports. Unless one wants to use two interfaces connected together via AVB. Frankly if they're there for backup, two interfaces would be a better way to go anyway.) It is too expensive and has drawbacks in terms of physical controls, but it would allow great soft control from a phone/tablet/laptop, or from a dedicated MIDI or USB control surface.

 

Imagine being able to use the volume control on each keyboard to adjust its placement in the mix plus a dedicated small fader box to have a second set of controls all in one place as well and have all that seamlessly set parameters on a rack mount device that does the mixing. This is well within technological possibility.

 

If vendors were looking at audio interfaces more as a platform rather than copying something Focusrite did four years ago with a new USB connector on it, then some interesting stuff would happen.

 

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