Okay, My Scarlett 18i20 arrived and I’m testing it out.
Sidebar: While waiting for it to arrive, I discovered that my problem with my old interface might not have anything to do with the interface itself. I have a failing hard drive. I’d already uninstalled the old interface. Now to decide, should I try the old interface and, if the hard drive has cured the problem, send the Focusrite back?
I decided to try out the Focusrite - even if the Delta 1010 works perfectly now, eventually I’ll need to upgrade as new computers don’t have PCI slots any more.
You’re right, so far latency doesn’t seem to be a problem, but I have a number of concerns:
Everytime I close Cubase, the Focusrite Control interface crashes.
When I finished recording a few tracks, I switched off phantom power. This sent a loud pop through my monitors, if though no input tracks were being monitored. Is this normal?
So I thought I’d try switching the whole unit off. When I did, Focusrite control suddenly showed all 8 input channels constantly clipping. Muting them or adjusting gain in Focusrite Control had no effect. Is this normal?
So I tried rebooting, and got a Blue Screen crash. After a hard reset, everything seems to work okay, but there’s a loud hiss coming through my monitors (though no signal activity shows in Focusrite Control). I played an MP3 (through Windows Media player) and the hiss instantly stopped and the MP3 played perfectly.
I’m now watching Focusrite’s “Getting Started” videos, maybe I’ll learn something I did wrong.