I wonder if anyone would like to weigh in on their experience using firewire interfaces.
I have a MOTU Ultralite mk1. I would be EXTREMELY happy with it, if it didn't flake out and lose contact with my laptop every now and then. I could be tracking in Logic, and all of a sudden Cuemix disappears because the device has dropped its connection.
I'm going to start performing with my laptop soon, and I feel pretty nervous about taking the Ultralite onstage. I'm wondering if I would be better off getting a simple little USB interface. (I'll be using max 4 channels out. Nothing too taxing.)
I understand that fw is better suited than USB for multiple channel tracking. But what have people's experiences been with stability? Do I just have a dud unit? Can others attest that Firewire might not be the most reliable thing to bring on stage?
Thanks for all the help, friends. I can clarify the power situation. I am using the power supply that came with the device, plugged into a power strip, plugged into a Furman PL-8 Series II.
The Ultarlite does have two ports, and I should judiciously keep track of whether it is just one of them that cacks out. I've had the device for a couple of years, so I'm way beyond warranty.