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Thread: Should I worry about the Apollo Quad FireWire soon being outdated?

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    Should I worry about the Apollo Quad FireWire soon being outdated?

    I'm a film/tv composer working out of a home studio. I've been testing the FireWire on my Windows 10 PC and have been very pleased compared to an RME and a MOTU interface I've tried. I have no Thunderbolt (running an i7 5820k cpu with MSI x99a gaming 7 mobo) capabilities, and the fact that the FireWire QUAD can be retrofitted with a TB connection seems appealing (albeit expensive).

    I believe this interface is 5-6 years old now, and I want to keep my PC for another 4-5 years. Is there risk of this this being outdated and possibly losing support from UA since it's been out for a while now?
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    Should I worry about the Apollo Quad FireWire soon being outdated?

    This new driver is the first version that doesn't work on 10.8.5 (not just unsupported), which is what I use, so I can no longer use my Apollo on either of my studio systems, so I understand the concern.

    However, UA just spent a year updating FW with Console 2. It's not going anywhere anytime soon. Since you're on Windows 10, I don't think you have anything to worry about for years.
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    Thanks for the input!

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    UA has a great track record of supporting legacy products for many years. However, once the firewire drivers do stop being supported, I'm guessing the thunderbolt drivers will still be supported for many years after. It's nothing you need to address now but I imagine you'll want to get the thunderbolt adapter sometime in the next couple years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Dahlberg View Post
    It's nothing you need to address now but I imagine you'll want to get the thunderbolt adapter sometime in the next couple years.
    Also a FW apollo owner here, and $500 for a thunderbolt card seems like a very expensive upgrade IMO! Not looking forward to crossing that bridge, and will reconsider my options when that time eventually comes. Hopefully if/when it does come UA might offer deal or incentive to purchase the thunderbolt card and upgrade our systems rather than keeping our systems and going with a different company. Its not just a case of upgrading the apollo with a thunderbolt card, we will also have to upgrade our entire systems a well (at least for us Mac guys with the older mac pro's).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGK_Dude View Post
    Also a FW apollo owner here, and $500 for a thunderbolt card seems like a very expensive upgrade IMO!
    I agree. But I guess I'm at happy that the TB upgrade option exists at least, should I need to upgrade in the next 5 years or so.

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