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beatsme
Jan 7, 2007, 05:16 PM
can anyone recommend a decent external soundcard, whether FireWire or USB? I don't need anything fancy, just something with the good old-fashioned line level RCA inputs and outputs. Optical in/out would be nice but it's not necessary. Doesn't have to be professional quality (though I don't want a piece of crap), since I'll just be using it to horse around with GarageBand...



zimv20
Jan 7, 2007, 05:20 PM
it's typically referred to as an interface, not a sound card.

lots of choices in the budget area, determined mostly by features. i don't think you're going to find one w/ only RCA's -- typically, budget interfaces offer mic pre's and balanced line level inputs, so you're looking at XLRs and/or 1/4" and/or those combo jacks.

start here (http://www.sweetwater.com/shop/computer-audio/audio_interfaces/) to see the plethora of choices.

beatsme
Jan 7, 2007, 06:07 PM
ah...I've been undone my lack of specificity :)

I've got a Mackie MX-6 for mic inputs and whatnot, so I don't need an interface, per se. I just need something that will let me connect the outs from the Mackie to the computer, and will also connect the computer to my stereo. I was using an M-Audio 2496 sound card (and it had all I needed: RCA ins/outs, MIDI, SPDIF, etc.) in my old G4 tower, but now that I've switched to a Mac Mini I can't exactly add an internal. So I'm kind of looking for something like this (http://www.bytewizecomputers.com/products/7/3/4/4390), or hopefully something a little better...

EDIT: it's a Mackie DFX-6. I think an MX-6 is a Mazda of some kind...

zimv20
Jan 7, 2007, 06:19 PM
ah, so you're looking for a set of converters, i assume. you'll use your mixer for its pre's and stuff for recording, then its monitor section while listening back. is that right?

how many channels do you need in each direction and what's your budget?

beatsme
Jan 7, 2007, 06:30 PM
ah, so you're looking for a set of converters, i assume. you'll use your mixer for its pre's and stuff for recording, then its monitor section while listening back. is that right?

how many channels do you need in each direction and what's your budget?

just two channels in each direction. Since I only ever record myself (just bass and guitar) I don't have much need for anything super fancy.

my budget...yeesh. Under $100 would be nice, if it all possible.

zimv20
Jan 7, 2007, 06:42 PM
afaik, standalone converters are more than that, but there are 2-channel interfaces in that price range. not sure how good they are, though, you basically get what you pay for.

if you sold your mixer to buy an interface w/ pre's and a monitoring section, what functionality do you lose?

beatsme
Jan 7, 2007, 07:09 PM
afaik, standalone converters are more than that, but there are 2-channel interfaces in that price range. not sure how good they are, though, you basically get what you pay for.

if you sold your mixer to buy an interface w/ pre's and a monitoring section, what functionality do you lose?

well...none, actually. Though I like the idea of being able to still use my Tascam 4-track...which I never use anyway.

CanadaRAM
Jan 7, 2007, 07:22 PM
just two channels in each direction. Since I only ever record myself (just bass and guitar) I don't have much need for anything super fancy.

my budget...yeesh. Under $100 would be nice, if it all possible.

2 in 2 out USB

Edirol UA-1EX (http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.aspx?ObjectId=743&ParentId=114) US$80-90

M-Audio Fasttrack USB (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrackUSB-main.html) US$100-120

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com

jczaja
Jan 7, 2007, 07:24 PM
Hi, perhaps something like this is what you are looking for?

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrackUSB-main.html

If not, take a look around their site. They're your best bet for decent 'on a budget' interfaces..

LOL! CanadaRAM beat me to it! ;)

-Jay

beatsme
Jan 7, 2007, 08:54 PM
2 in 2 out USB

Edirol UA-1EX (http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.aspx?ObjectId=743&ParentId=114) US$80-90

M-Audio Fasttrack USB (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrackUSB-main.html) US$100-120

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com

Hi, perhaps something like this is what you are looking for?

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrackUSB-main.html

If not, take a look around their site. They're your best bet for decent 'on a budget' interfaces..

LOL! CanadaRAM beat me to it! ;)

-Jay

actually, that Edirol looks like just what I need. Thanks, fellows :)