March 22, 2007

M-Audio fucking sucks...

by Chris Randall
 

No particular reason for this post, other than to reiterate what I've said many times before: if a company is owned by Avid, they are generally of the whack variety, and M-Audio is the whackest of all. Vista has been in beta for a year, and actually released for two months. Time to hop on the driver bus, bitches.


Who has a MIDI interface that works in Vista with Cubase 4? Tell me about it, and I will buy it today.

 
 
 

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Mar.22.2007 @ 7:54 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, I think I'm gonna pick up a MOTU MIDI Express 128. We'll see how that works out for me.

-CR

 
 

 
Mar.22.2007 @ 10:00 PM
afreshcupofjoe
I've got a couple of m-audio products. Most of them work great and have never given me any probelms. I've had a few issues with my delta 1010, but nothing that would turn me off to their products completely. What do you expect for gear that cheap? Honestly, I've had many more problems with cheap gear from other companies. Especially driver issues. I did a lot of research before I bought my 1010 and one of the main reasons I went with m-audio over others was that they had significantly more stable and bug free drivers for the 1010 than other companies had for similar products. If you want quality, you'd have to spend considerably more money, but if you need it cheap then IMO M-audio is the way to go.
 
 

 
Mar.22.2007 @ 10:37 PM
moyashi
I also own the Midisport 2x2. Had it tucked-away in a box for some years. Glad I held onto it, since my toddler got frisky with my Korg microKontrol, knocked it off a keyboard tray and killed the rear USB port. Since I abhorred the atrocious physical experience of depressing keys on that controller, I used this as an excuse to unearth the 2x2 for use with an older keyboard, one intended for human fingers. The 2x2, since it is so light, is now gaffer-taped to the inside back wall of my desk. I'm scoring a film now about Morocco, and recently bought the Darbuka soft-instrument. It allows one to work quickly and intuitively and sounds great. It is also, by acquisition of Wizoo, now an M-Audio product. One of the recent Quicktime updates made the GUI disappear, so I called tech support. We got the problem fixed, and they told me that Wizoo had been bought by Avid specifically to get a codebase for more PT soft-instruments, which probably many of you already knew, but I did not. My impression was that few of the original Wizoo *people* actually made the transition as well. I wonder if they'll bother to properly maintain Darbuka...I hope so. It's a niche product, but I really like it.
 
 

 
Mar.22.2007 @ 11:07 PM
VividU
My 1010 has failed me once in the seven or so years I've had it and my Sputnik sounds just unbelievable (for what I paid). Can't vouch for their other products. Vista driver support is definitely lacking.
 
 

 
Mar.23.2007 @ 12:24 AM
joe
ive got a 1010lt, 1010, 192, 2496 and a pair of bx5's. all of which ive bought used. i havent had any stability issues with any of them. ill be one of the few to say m-audio has worked out great for me for years. tech support is great (email responses within 48 hours usually.) running the m-powered of pro tools and it seems the only problems ive had are windows related.
 
 

 
Mar.23.2007 @ 2:19 AM
valis
I have a firewire 410 (which I don't hot plug) and an OLD Midisport 4x4. They're far from the main workhorses here (RME, Creamware on audio & an old Unitor for midi until it recently died) but they have held up ok on XP sp1 & 2.

The Midisport build quality is actually decent--mostly metal and quite solid--but I bought it a year or so before they were bought by M-Audio, which was before Avid in turn bought the whole bunch. I don't think I've seen driver updates for my Midisport since 2003 (did Avid 'downsize' the developers?).

The 410 is more recent and is crappy build quality, mostly plastic and the rear panel 1/4" i/o panel seems to have had 2 spot-glue points with normal hot glue that came loose rather quickly and it flexes when I plug & unplug. The drivers seem ok and it sounds a bit better than a gaming card so I can't complain terribly as it's used on the least important of 3 computers at my desk (laptop). Got what I paid for it really and its getting used again now that I swapped my FS2 interface for Serato (which has crap ASIO and no wdm/mme). I don't perform 'live' with it as my laptop is really underpowered at the moment.

I would agree though with a company that size they definately should be able to at least do some forward thinking driver development, as its mostly a matter of directing enough resources to the OS version(s) in question. Something they surely have enough of. Sadly Avid also owns my 3d software, Softimage, and although I still use it rather than 3dsmax or maya I can say that they haven't really thrived under Avid. Which is unfortunate because they really needed it after MS pretty much screwed them over to gain access to the 'digital media' age. The core technology is still solid in the way that the Environment is still solidly behind the scenes in current versions of Logic, but their development pace is anemic these days and they've lost most of the market that they had in their hey-day of the T2 & Jurassic moneyfests.

 
 

 
Mar.23.2007 @ 2:21 AM
quantize
MOTU everytime! They build the best stuff hands down...best drivers always!

tho i must say despite the rep we have two M-Audio's here as well
(FW audio/midi combo things) and the drivers for both windows and mac have been fine for the last couple of years..

 
 

 
Mar.23.2007 @ 4:08 AM
Tom
More importantly, their shit is UGLY
 
 

 
Mar.23.2007 @ 5:03 AM
tom
i have connection dropouts with my m-audio trigger finger...

my RME gear is rock solid though. i had a motu which was pretty cool, but RME is even better!

 
 

 
Mar.23.2007 @ 8:09 AM
max-cooper
Actually, I think it's "wack" not "whack".

: )

"Whack" is when you leave a guy in the landfill.

 
 

 
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