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Recommended Hardware for RiffWorks Standard ($49 for a limited time) and RiffWorks T4 ($0)

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What Do you Want to Record and What is Your Budget?

RiffWorks requires an interface that plugs your guitar into a computer (ASIO device on Windows or a Core Audio device for Mac OS X). This is the hardware we recommend using with RiffWorks based on what you want to record and how much money you want to spend. There are many ways to set up your home recording studio - If you already have a device, or would prefer a different one, check the hardware compatibility chart below.

Guitar Only: $99 - $250

To record only an electric or acoustic guitar (with jack or pickup) using an interface that plugs into a computer - no vocals:


More devices listed on charts below.

Budget Vocals & Guitar: $300 - $400

To record an electric or acoustic guitar with nice-sounding amp, vocals and any mic'ed instrument using an interface that plugs into a computer:

More on Recording with your acoustic in Sonoma's forums and on About Home Recording.

More devices listed on charts below.


Quality Vocals & Guitar: $400+

Record the above with higher quality condensor microphones (that require phantom power):

Learn more about Condensor Microphones from Wikipedia.

More devices listed on charts below.

Intro to Audio Device Drivers & RiffWorks

Looking at the feature set of an audio device only tells half of the story. RiffWorks (and other applications) talk to the device through a driver. Not all drivers are created equal. One of the driver's responsibilities is to report the latency to the application. If the driver reports its latency incorrectly, then RiffWorks can't adjust the recorded layers to be perfectly in sync with each other.

We continue to test RiffWorks Standard and RiffWorks T4 with as many of the most popular devices as possible. If your device isn't listed, it doesn't mean it won't work, it just means we haven't tried it yet.

There is more information, like why ASIO4All is not recommended, on the ASIO page.

Legend for the Hardware Compatibility Chart Below

The Driver Version is the version of the driver used to test the device with RiffWorks. In most cases, it was the newest available driver from the manufacturer's website, not including beta versions.

The Latency Error is reported in samples and was measured by recording with the output plugged into the input of the device and measuring the offset between recorded layers in RiffWorks. Most measurements were taken at either 256 or 512 sample buffer size.

The Rating is based on the Latency Error we measured as well as any trouble we had getting the drivers working.

  • Excellent - Sonoma found Latency Error to be low and the driver was easy to setup
  • Good - Sonoma found Latency Error to be okay and the driver worked without too much trouble
  • Poor - Sonoma found the Latency Error to be way out of spec and/or the driver was difficult to get working
  • Does Not Work - Sonoma found that it did not work
  • Users Report Success - Not tested by Sonoma, but users report it works
  • Users Report Problems - Not tested by Sonoma, but users report it has problems

Download RiffWorks T4 for free and try it with your ASIO or CORE Audio device.

Windows Recommended ASIO Devices for RiffWorks Standard

ASIO Devices Tested with RiffWorks Standard and RiffWorks Demo
Manufacturer Model Driver Version Latency Error Rating Buy
ASIO4ALL - 2.7 Varies Might Work, but not recommended or supported, see ASIO
Behringer FCA202  ?  ? Users Report Both Problems and Success, see forums
Creative  ?  ? Users Report Both Problems and Success, see forums
Digidesign Mbox (v1)  ? 58 Excellent
Digidesign Mbox2  ?  ? Excellent Buy an Mbox 2 USB Audio Interface
Digitech GNX4 1.001B  ? Does Not Work
IK Multimedia StealthPedal  ?  ? Excellent Buy a StealthPedal or StealthPedal Deluxe
IK Multimedia StealthPlug 1.1.0.4  ? Excellent Buy StealthPlug
IK Multimedia StompIO  ?  ? Excellent Buy StompIO
Lexicon Omega  ? 750 Poor
Line 6 GuitarPort 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Now POD Studio GX
Line 6 POD Studio GX  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio GX
Line 6 POD Studio UX1  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio UX1
Line 6 POD Studio UX2  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio UX2
Line 6 POD Studio KB37  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio KB37
Line 6 PODxt 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Buy PODxt
Line 6 PODxt Pro 2.6.8.0 0 Excellent Buy PODxt Pro
Line 6 PODxt Live 2.6.8.0 0 Excellent
Line 6 POD X3 & POD X3 Live 2.6.8.0 0 Excellent Buy POD X3
Line 6 TonePort UX1 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Now POD Studio UX1
Line 6 TonePort UX2 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Now POD Studio UX2
Line 6 TonePort UX8  ? Users Report Success
Line 6 TonePort KB37 3.1.X  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio KB37
Line 6 TonePort DI-S/G 3.1.X  ? Excellent
Line 6 TonePort GX 3.1.X  ? Excellent
M-Audio FastTrack USB  ? 0 Excellent
M-Audio FireWire 410  ? 7 Excellent Buy FireWire 410
M-Audio JamLab  ? 0 Excellent
M-Audio MobilePre USB  ? 110 Good
Presonus Inspire  ? 44 Excellent Buy PreSonus Inspire 1394
Presonus FireBox  ? 330 Good
Presonus FirePod  ? 54 Excellent
SoundTech Lightsnake NA NA This device is not compatible with RiffWorks as it does not have an output. The headphone jack on the LightSnake is just a pass-through output, and will not play RiffWorks audio.
Tascam US-122  ? -24 Excellent
Tascam US-428  ?  ? Users Report Problems & Success, read problems here and success here

Mac OS Recommended Core Audio Devices for RiffWorks Standard

CoreAudio Devices Tested with RiffWorks
Manufacturer Model Driver Version Latency Error Rating Buy
Apple Built-in 10.4+ Varies Works well, but with latency, see Aggregating Separate Devices for setting up Intel Macs
Digidesign Mbox (v1)  ? 675 Poor
Digidesign Mbox2  ?  ? Excellent Buy an Mbox 2 USB Audio Interface
IK Multimedia StealthPedal  ?  ? Excellent Buy a StealthPedal or StealthPedal Deluxe
IK Multimedia StealthPlug 1.1.0.4  ? Excellent Buy a StealthPlug
IK Multimedia StompIO  ?  ? Excellent Buy StompIO
Lexicon Omega  ? 718 Poor
Line 6 GuitarPort 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Now POD Studio GX
Line 6 POD Studio GX  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio GX
Line 6 POD Studio UX1  ? Excellent Pod Studio UXI
Line 6 POD Studio UX2  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio UX2
Line 6 POD Studio KB37  ? Excellent Buy POD Studio KB37
Line 6 PODxt 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Buy PODxt
Line 6 POD X3 & POD X3 Live 2.6.8.0 0 Excellent Buy POD X3
Line 6 TonePort UX1 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Now POD Studio UX1
Line 6 TonePort UX2 2.8.9.0 0 Excellent Now POD Studio UX2
Line 6 TonePort UX8  ? Users Report Success
Line 6 TonePort KB37 3.1.x  ? Excellent Now POD Studio KB37
Line 6 TonePort DI-S/G 3.1.x  ? Excellent
Line 6 TonePort GX 3.1.X  ? Excellent
M-Audio FastTrack USB  ? 184 Good
M-Audio FireWire 410  ? 13 Excellent Buy FireWire 410
M-Audio MobilePre USB  ? 255 Good
Presonus Inspire  ? 80 Excellent Buy PreSonus Inspire 1394
Presonus FireBox  ? 158 Good
Presonus FirePod  ? 0 Excellent
Tascam US-122  ? 353 Good


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