I'm interested in adding a FW16e card to Motif XF6, as I'm at a stage of song writing where I now want to transfer my music production ideas into Cubase.
However I have a few queries regarding the FW16e as follows;
1. I'm not sure what FireWire card I need to get for my Windows PC, as the Yamaha website states not all cards are compatible. Does anybody have recent experience of buying a card that works?
2. The Yamaha Motif manual seems to imply that the FW16e only transmits MIDI ports 1-3, does that mean you can't use the Motif in Remote mode to control Cubase? This would be a real shame, as I currently use this feature a lot through USB at the moment.
3. Would adding the FW16e card make the Motif's MIDI ports available to Cubase? I'm currently using a Virus Snow with the Motif, and would like to be able to sequence the Snow with Cubase through the Motif's MIDI ports? I'm assuming I can also route the Snow's audio through the Motif's inputs, over the FireWire, into Cubase as well.
4. I recently purchased the Steinberg Grand VST, but find it almost unplayable with the Motif, due to the amount of latency. Does anybody have experience of playing VSTs over the Yamaha FW16e, with regards to latency, i.e. is it going to be better than USB?
I appreciate there's a lot of questions here, but any help would be very gratefully received. I'm ultimately trying to decide between buying the FW16e or something like the Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer, which also has audio and MIDI over FireWire.