I am planning on upgrading my audio interface and can't decide which option to choose. I can get a used Fireface UC for around the same price as a new UAC-8 (lets say 600e)
Now some people may say that this is a no brainer and go for an RME, but im a technical guy, i've seen old devices go bad for no reason. Also UAC-8 is a relitevely new interface, that may offer newer/cheaper technology and have a longer dev/driver support.
The reason why I'm upgrading is RTL and inputs, i've read that UAC8 is showing very simillar results in RTL compared to FF UC and both unit I/O seems very close.
Maybe some of you have tested both? Or have any other information that could help me decide between those two?
The interface will be used for multitracking and sending Ableton's clock to a TR-8 with all of it's available outputs, Analog Four and another analog synth that is sequenced by A4 CV out (but audio goes back to Interface instead of A4). In this scenario im a bit concerned about Overbridge, does anyone know if multitracking several inpunts and having Overbridge streaming A4 separate outs may cause any latency or "late audio" issues on any of the channels?
Another planned routing scenario is to use one of interface's outputs to send assignable audio track from ableton to a guitar FX pedal and route processed audio back to one of the inputs. Is it even possible to have this going without any significant delay and be able to monitor processed audio track in time with for example Overbridge audio?
Also I've made a short pros/con list from my point of view:
RME FF UC PROS:
*Better conversion and preamps (according to internet people)
RME FF UC CONS:
*Old device (around 5 years), but in mint condition
*I really dont like that "one knob for everything" design
*All inputs with preamps (I dont know if this is any usefull for synth recording)
*Two headphone outputs
*Questionable drivers, i've read good and bad responses regarding this matter.
*Questionable pre amps
The unit size itself (portability) doesn't really matter for me.
Everything would run on Windows 10 (Intel i5 4690)
What do you guys think? Share your opinions.