Reviews and Problems with M-Audio Firewire Solo US35030 Firewire Audio Interface
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Firewire Adapter Needed for FW 800 iMAC users
William H. Arthur, amazon.com
18 January 2012
Summary: I have not been able to give this a full test yet. But be aware, if you have a Firewire 800 port, like I do on my iMAC 27" you need the 9 pin to 6 pin adapter. I think they sell here for around $12. More to come when my adapter arrives and I can actually test it. 4 Stars for now because the description did not make that clear.
Summary: 1. It doesn't work. 2. Manufacturer's own instructions say hot swapping may destroy the device and your computer! I ignored other warnings about using this with Mac OSX and tried myself. It was a nightmare. And I don't usually post much negative about products, but this one is plain scary. Support for it was non-existent through M-Audio. This is the second bad product of theirs I've tried (out of 2 attempts). No thanks.
Summary: Using it with a Macbook Pro and Pro Tools 9. After a little trouble shooting with the i/o settings in Pro Tools I got everything to run great. My only concern is that the firewire connection needs a 9 pin adapter which causes a flimsy connection. This could potentially cause damage to the firewire port itself if the connection is broken while the cpu and/or interface are powered on.
Summary: This was my intro into home recording, mainly guitar-based music. I initially ran it on a low-end Dell with Windows Vista 32-bit. It worked fine until one day the computer didn't start up. Turns out the hard-drive was fried. Hmm. Got a new computer from Dell warranty and the same thing happened.... 50 GB worth of my personal music gone. Plugging the AC into the Firewire Solo when it was connected via a 4-pin cable turned out to be shocking the system somehow.
Summary: I've had this box for many years. This little workhorse runs great on XP, Vista, and 7 x64. I've been using Pro Tools 7.4 on XP. I've traveled with it and it's been pretty banged up. Highly recommended for recording demos and working on songs.
Summary: The M-Audio Firewire Solo fit everything I had hoped for in an Firewire interface, If only it had worked. I could not get the Solo to be recognized by my Macintosh G5 (running 10.4.11). After searching the web (and reading reviews here) I found that this is not an uncommon issue with the M-Audio Firewire Drivers and Macintosh computers. M-Audio's website has a Mac Forum with step by step help but after following the instructions I still had no success. Some work.
Summary: This card works well for a while and then just stops working. I've had it for over a year and have been back and forth with tech support. Their answer is always the same -- uninstall the drivers, do some genuflections (on OS X this involves repairing permissions a couple times; if you search the net you will find several folks with the same problems under Windows), and then reinstall the drivers. And they say hopefully it will be fixed in an update.
Summary: I'm running an iMac from about two years ago, with 10.6. After installing the interface, which was awkward, and eventually getting it to work in Garageband, it worked fine. The quality was good. The guitar sounded a bit more natural. When I ran a condenser mike with the phantom power, that actually sounded very good. Then once I moved to 10.6.3, the interface started getting bad. My computer started having a variety of really annoying problems.
Summary: This thing has given me endless headaches. It's not clear whether it's just glitchy or if it's poorly supported by my Mac laptop. Sometiems the output ports are available, sometimes they aren't. Sometiems the inputs work, sometimes they don't. The nature of the problems is hard to discover/troubleshoot. Sometimes a restart fixes the problem, sometimes it doesn't. When it works, it works well.