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quick question regarding Firewire. need advice..
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hey everybody,

I'm gonna be buying a mac book pro within the next couple weeks and have a question regarding Firewire. I currently have a Echo AF4 and have noticed that the newMBP's don't support firewire anymore. The 2012 models do but the 13's do not. If i were to pick up a 13 model could i use some kind of adapter? or a hub? Or am i better off with a 2012 model that supports FW?

A new Audiocard is on the Horizon btw... Looking at either tha Duet or the babyface. just wasn't gonna pick one of those up for a few months while i collect a couple mics and some external pre's.

Advice?
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The only advice I could suggest at this stage is to do some research on 'thunderbolt'. This is the protocol replacing 'firewire'.
Would certainly be worth the wait. See if there is a 'thunderbolt to firewire' converter at a reasonable cost.

It is interesting that support for the old protocol is being axed before third party units actually take up the new protocol.
Sticking with the old protocol is fine if the cost is attractive.

I still run PCI cards on my computers (3 PCs) despite the diminishing availability of high end mobos that support the old PCI format.
My i7 may be the last one to focus on the old PCI cards; lots of money to be spent.

Clearly the new 'thunderbolt' protocol will change the game.
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I and many others have had success with the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter. $29 and your new MacBook essentially has FireWire.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD464ZM/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapter
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Nice... thanks guys. looks like that thunderbolt adapter may work for me. People are saying it doesnt work well with bus powered devices, but the AF4 has an external power supply as well so if it isn't working for me i could potentially turn to that then.
Studio One Pro w/ latest build // i7 2.6 ghz mac mini w/ 16gb ram // RME Fireface UCX // Yamaha HS50m's // GAP Pre-73 modded // Blue Reactor mic // Shure sm7b, 57 & 58 // Roland TR8 // Faderport // Padkontrol & Edirol pcr-50 // Arturia V-collection 3.0, V-station, Synthmaster 2.5, Komplete 9 and various other vst's...
 
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