We've had a few questions asking us why we chose to use USB2.0 when designing our interfaces rather than USB3.0 or even Thunderbolt. So we thought we'd explain why in this quick and easy to follow article.
iD Interface Range
When designing the iD interface range we wanted it to be compatible with as many systems as possible to ensure our renowned audio quality was available to as many users as possible. USB 2.0 was chosen as it is currently the most prolific port on computers. This means you can use your any of our interfaces in the studio or out on the road anywhere in the world and not have to worry about finding a compatible port on a computer!
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Furthermore, 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 iD44 will still continue to work and you will still be able to record groovy tunes.
Okay, but what about Thunderbolt?
I’ll be honest here, Thunderbolt in theory can be quicker and have lower latency due to the way that it is implemented into the computer compared to USB. The actual speed you will see however, will depend on the audio drivers being used.
Currently, Thunderbolt is still not massively prevalent on computers, especially on PC, which means there are many computers out there which are not compatible with Thunderbolt and will never receive support for the format.
To Sum up:
We wanted the our interfaces to be able to used anywhere and using a format that almost all computers support allows this. So you’ll never turn up at a friends house, ready to record only to be stopped by having the wrong connections.