Hi, I have a noob question about audio interfaces.

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Sir Tony, May 9, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    I have starting mixing a little bit on my iMac. I just picked up a pair of M-Audio BX5a's. I am currently running them out of the audio out with a y splitter (yuck I know!). I am looking for an inexpensive audio interface with 1/4 outputs. I really do not need any midi inputs and such right now, but wouldn't mind having them for the future. What are my options?

    Thanks!
     
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    WinterMute

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    The Griffiin iMic is a solid and cheap interface, it doesn't have 1/4" outs, but has a 1/8" stereo to Phono adapter.

    It is significantly better than the native output, without spending serious wedge.
     
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    Will you be doing any recording...? the below options include xlr & 1/4" inputs.

    Apogee Duet - $495
    2x XLR 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
    2x 1/4" Line Inputs
    2x 1/4" Line Out (speakers)
    Headphone

    PreSonus FireBox - $300
    2x XLR at 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
    2x 1/4" On back panel
    6x 1/4" Line Outs (speakers)
    MIDI I/O
    Headphone

    M-Audio FireWire Solo - $165
    1x XLR 24-bit/96kHz with phantom power
    2x 1/4" Line Input
    2x 1/4" Line Outs (speakers)
    Heaphone
     
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    I went ahead and purchased a Behringer UCA202 USB audio interface for $30. I read some reviews on it and found that it is much better than the iMac internal sound card and I have a little bit more control over it. I am looking to upgrade in the future but this should work in the meantime. Thank you for your help!
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    How did it work out?

    Hi, I'm thinking about picking up a UCA202 by Behringer, and was wondering how your purchase worked out.
     
  6. macrumors G4

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    Maybe it is OK for your use but Behringer has a reputation for not making the best gear. Their stuff is mostly low end but a decent value for what it is. But if that is what you need then it's a bargin.

    I bought a Behringer mixer. It is certainly not good enough to record with but All I wanted it for was to mix iPod with my Roland keyboard to run into headphones for practice. The Behringer unit was 1/2 the price of a good pro level mixer.
     
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    Thanks ChrisA. I just want a glorified toy to try out low quality recording with Garageband. If I ever got into serious recording where sound quality mattered I'd upgrade. Sounds like your basically saying, "you get what you paid for" which is what I'm after [and not paying a lot ;)]
     
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    Liquorpuki

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    the preamps on those Behringer mixers are surprisingly good for their price though

    I used them to record vocals through them when I was on a budget. I still carry around a cheap 4 track Behringer for sessions and I know a few club DJ's who use them in their setups

    Behringer audio interfaces though, I don't know anyone who uses them. I didn't even know they made interfaces
     

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