FAQ - Why does iD14 use USB 2.0

When designing iD14 we wanted it to work with as many systems as possible to make sure it was a complete versatile recording interface. USB 2.0 was chosen as it is currently the most prolific port on computers. This means you can use your iD14 in the studio or out on the road and not have to worry about finding a compatible port. 

But isn't Firewire, USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt better?

It is true that USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt offer higher bandwidths but id14 simply doesn't need the additional bandwidth that these connections offer. 

Currently, Thunderbolt is only available on Intel motherboards which means there are many computers out there which are not compatible with thunderbolt and will never receive support for the format. The USB 3.0 specification requires complete backwards compatibility for USB 2.0 so even if USB 2.0 falls out of usage, USB 2.0 devices such as the iD14 will still continue to work and you will still be able to record groovy tunes. 

We thought that this was the most important thing when choosing which connection to use and we believe we made the correct choice. We have people using iD14 everywhere, from small bedroom setups to huge incredible studios and using USB 2.0 is the reason we can get our sound out to such a diverse range of setups.


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    Ross Elias

    In my experience, the iD14 had massive issues working at all when plugged into a USB 3.0 port despite it usually being backwards compatible. I'd recommend always plugging it into a USB 2.0 port to ensure it works properly.

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    Cameron O'Loughlin

    Ross, you just solved all my problems! I was having lots of audio drops and pops with my iD14 interface - forcing me to have really high latency times and even then I'd still get dropouts every few minutes. Changing my interface from usb 3.0 port to 2.0 port has fixed this for me :) Thanks heaps!!

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