Check out this thread, there may be some more helpful information for you: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/soundcard-cpu-pops-and-crackles/169845
DoubleLion saidYepp, that’s what I tried to explain a bit in the post above: Unfortunately that’s how it works in this business. M Audio and Alesis are by far not the only brands acting like this, it’s the same with almost every other brand: They buy some cheap Chinese or whatever chips, build some nice audio gear around it like preamps and converters, and at the end they print their big brand’s name on the front plate and sell it more or less cheap, but it never works really nicely.
During the last few years M Audio was sold, resold and reresoldsold. As the result they suddenly drop any support for some of their products, then they release new ones, drop those and replace the whole line. Good drivers don’t seem to be of any priority, and M-Track is extra suspicious: look up Alesis io2, it’s the same product. So they are not even original designs. What Chinese factory is producing those? I have an older popular M-audio fast track pro, also having similar problems. Avid has now released a clone of this sound card under their brand and of course they won’t update the drivers for the old (technically identical) version.
It’s very much different with RME audio interfaces: They use a programmable chip instead of cheap USB or Firewire chips and by doing this, they get much more performance and reliability out of their interfaces. The side effect of doing it this way is: They can adapt their interfaces to the latest computer chipsets coming up on the market. And they update them very frequently, same with the drivers, even for old interfaces!
This is why they are worth every penny, even when it appears to be more expensive in the beginning. But I’ve never heard of someone regretting his investment for a RME interface, including myself, even after ten years or more. So, it’s better to think twice or save the money a little bit longer to get a proper working gear.
btw.: Despite the fact that ‘Fireface’ sounds like a Firewire interface: Most of them use USB, which is much better available on newer Mac & PC’s and it’s even more reliable and, just in the case of RME devices of course, regarding the latency, offering an even better performance as Firewire or PCI !
I’m so sorry this plugin wasn’t available before 1st of April.
When this would have been used on previously rejected tracks, they probably would have been all approved, since it makes such a big difference in sound and it even improves the feeling of a track in an incredible way. And it’s for free!!