Switching to an M-Audio Transit USB

by Volker Weber

I just swapped my Edirol UA-1X with Thomas' M-Audio Transit. It has very comparable features:

transit.jpgM-Audio Transit brings hi-resolution 24-bit/96kHz recording and playback to any USB-compatible computer. Digital I/O lets you transfer pristine audio between your computer and other devices such as MiniDisc and DAT. The digital output can deliver AC-3 and DTS from your computer to an external decoder such as a surround receiver. And the bus-powered design allows you play and record virtually anywhere your laptop can go.

I had discovered an anomaly with the Edirol device while preparing for this week's party: There was a noticeable hissing at low output volumes. It used to be crystal clear. Edirol replaced the device but the new one seemed to be broken as well, with both Lucy and Snoopy. The Transit however worked. Today I crosschecked with Thomas and his PowerBook does not show this anomaly.

The Transit was working on all of our computers. Since the Transit needs its own set of drivers while the UA-1X works with the system drivers I suspect a problem with both my OS X installations. Very strange indeed.

We both actually prefer the UA-1X since it has standard connectors and an additional headphones output, so Thomas was willing to swap. I shall be using his Transit for the time being. It had already served me very well during the party.


Are there some sound samples (e.g. from the party) or somwhere else in web from both ?

hendirk Heikl, 2004-10-20

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