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Old Mar 3, 2008, 05:43 PM   #1
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cheap audio interface suggestions

Im looking for a cheap (200 or less) firewire/usb audio interface to record simple guitar and vocal tracks on my MBP. I only require this to record simple guitar/vocal tracks and no more (2 channels max). Any suggestions that work well with garageband?
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Old Mar 3, 2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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I've always had good luck with m-audio stuff (and i've always had big issues with presonus)

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Firewire 410
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Firewire Solo

The 410 is going to be better, but it might just be out of your price range...
But for a $50 difference in MSRP, i'd say its worth it...

EDIT2:
Sorry, the 410 is $150 more ... i would look into the Solo and see if it fits your needs..
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Old Mar 3, 2008, 06:14 PM   #3
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I assume most audio interfaces are compatible with Garage Band, does M-Audio generally work well garage band?
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Old Mar 3, 2008, 06:15 PM   #4
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I assume most audio interfaces are compatible with Garage Band, does M-Audio generally work well garage band?
i don't use or have garage band, but i have every reason to believe that it would work perfect with it (or any other program)

but to be safe, you could read the manual or find out whats compatible or not ..
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Old Apr 23, 2009, 03:05 PM   #5
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How about the MXL iBooster. It retails at $39.95 or $34.95 on Zzound. Looks sweet too...

http://www.zzounds.com/item--MSEIBOOSTER
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How about the MXL iBooster. It retails at $39.95 or $34.95 on Zzound. Looks sweet too...

http://www.zzounds.com/item--MSEIBOOSTER
It's not a USB or FW audio interface. It is a preamp. It also appears to lack an XML input jack for a mic and there is no gain control or level adjustment.
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It's not a USB or FW audio interface. It is a preamp. It also appears to lack an XML input jack for a mic and there is no gain control or level adjustment.
XLR?
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Old Apr 23, 2009, 07:13 PM   #8
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The nicest one I've seen around $200 is the TC electronics Konnekt 6.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Konnekt6desk/
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It also appears to lack an XML input jack for a mic
<input_jack> 1/4" </input_jack>



i've been looking at XML all day long, too....
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haha... but...

edirol all the way man - you can check out stuff from m audio but edirol has some great interfaces - and don't worry about the USB vs Firewire stuff. you can stream 16 tracks of audio from the edirol interface i use... i don't see ever needing more than that at one time unless you are a hack
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haha... but...

edirol all the way man - you can check out stuff from m audio but edirol has some great interfaces - and don't worry about the USB vs Firewire stuff. you can stream 16 tracks of audio from the edirol interface i use... i don't see ever needing more than that at one time unless you are a hack
cause all pro's the use more than 16 channels at a time are hacks?
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cause all pro's the use more than 16 channels at a time are hacks?

LOL this needs to be Someones Sig...........
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I was in the EXACT same boat as you. I looked at the M-Audio stuff, the Presonus Firebox, and the Ediro FA-66. I landed on the E-Mu 0404 USB. I like the idea of it being USB because apple is dropping FW on their models slowly but surely. Future proof, and gives me a greater choice in laptops during my next purchace, I won't be forced, or limited to only the "Pro". USB is perfectly fine for recording its max of 4 tracks at a time. It IS USB 2.0 watch out for others that are USB 1.1 like the edirol UA-25 if it doesn't specifically say it is 2.0 it's not.
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It IS USB 2.0 watch out for others that are USB 1.1 like the edirol UA-25 if it doesn't specifically say it is 2.0 it's not.
believe it or not, all the USB m-box.s are usb 1.1
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Old Apr 24, 2009, 04:22 PM   #16
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M-Audio Fast Track

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I used the $99.99 model and it was an "okay" starter interface, now I use an Apogee Duet (SO much better)

But this $199.99 Fast Track will probably serve you pretty well.
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Old Jul 7, 2009, 01:16 PM   #17
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Apogee Duet Defective, Noisy, lots of Hiss when recording

I would strongly advise against the Apogee Duet.

Google (or search these forums) for "Apogee Duet Noise" or "Apogee Duet Hiss" to read the horror stories.
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