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nms
Dec 27, 2006, 05:24 PM
i have an m-audio mobilePre....and i was wondering whether the Alesis iO range was better for an upgrade. I simply need more inputs!

However....seeing as i am relatively dim in this respect - what are the ports above the the jack line in in the iOs - i don't know what cables fit in there!

Also: would that new interface work with GarageBand? I know logic would be better, but until i raise some funds i think GB will have to do.

Lastly - drum mics.....any cheap recommendation (apart from putting/hovering a few mics over the kit - bass drum, left and right etc.)

Thanks! I had a great response when i posted a latency help thread with my M-Audio kit, here's hoping for the same.



zimv20
Dec 27, 2006, 06:22 PM
Thanks! I had a great response when i posted a latency help thread with my M-Audio kit, here's hoping for the same.
i had to search for that thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=139839) to realize you're being sarcastic.

are you looking for better converters or more inputs? or both? haven't used either unit, but if you go for the alesis i reckon you're in for a sonic crossgrade, and not a different level of converter.

buying / placing drum mics is a big topic. start w/ a budget and how many mics you want to use.

nms
Dec 27, 2006, 06:29 PM
i had to search for that thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=139839) to realize you're being sarcastic.

are you looking for better converters or more inputs? or both? haven't used either unit, but if you go for the alesis i reckon you're in for a sonic crossgrade, and not a different level of converter.

buying / placing drum mics is a big topic. start w/ a budget and how many mics you want to use.

i wasn't being sarcastic! although i was surprised that anyone replied at all, even though i fixed the problem myself, and there's now no latency....which negates the person's entire reply to my post.

EDIT: that was you!

more inputs. sorry, what's a sonic crossgrade?
and i'm not a drummer, so i probably shouldn't be buying his equipment. so i think i'll ignore that one for a bit.

and you searched? you SEARCHED for that random thread?

EDIT: that was you!

zimv20
Dec 27, 2006, 06:39 PM
more inputs. sorry, what's a sonic crossgrade?
if you wanted better conversion than what you get in the m-audio, you'd have to spend a good deal more and get something from, say, Metric Halo or Apogee.

for the budget-minded, i'd say also have a look at the presonus gear.

nms
Dec 27, 2006, 06:40 PM
thanks. if you look at the picture of the alesis iO, what are those odd looking sockets?

zimv20
Dec 27, 2006, 07:19 PM
sorry, i spent 20 seconds googling for a good shot of the ports and turned up empty. post a photo and i'll have a look, but i reckon you're talking about s/pdif ports.

ChrisA
Dec 27, 2006, 10:14 PM
sorry, i spent 20 seconds googling for a good shot of the ports and turned up empty. post a photo and i'll have a look, but i reckon you're talking about s/pdif ports.

Google found this for me
http://www.alesis.com/photos.php?id=96
could it be an XLR and 1/4" TRS combo jack

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:XLR-phone_jack_combo_connector.jpg

zimv20
Dec 27, 2006, 10:19 PM
Google found this for me
http://www.alesis.com/photos.php?id=96
that's great, but it doesn't show the ports.

i'm sure i could find it if i tried, but i don't really feel that should be my task. the OP's welcome to help us help him.

nms
Dec 28, 2006, 06:12 AM
sorry guys, yeah i meant the ports IN on the front, shown in that photo. i've heard that combo jack phrase used before....but what is a combo jack? it looks a bit like a keyhole to me...:p

nms
Dec 28, 2006, 06:33 AM
Google found this for me
http://www.alesis.com/photos.php?id=96
could it be an XLR and 1/4" TRS combo jack

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:XLR-phone_jack_combo_connector.jpg

yeah that's the one! thanks, i thought i'd already tried wikipedia!

The iO|14 seems good value for money though, doesn't it?

nms
Jan 2, 2007, 06:08 PM
while we're at it.


Phantom Power - what's that about?!

does it make any difference and is it worth it?

zimv20
Jan 2, 2007, 06:47 PM
does it make any difference and is it worth it?
sure does/is if you have a mic that needs phantom power.