Pro Soundcard for the Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JoDevious, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. JoDevious macrumors newbie

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    Hi! I've just become the proud owner of an Apple MacBook (Core Duo 2 GHz 80GB MA472B) which I'm about to max out with 2gb RAM!

    I'm a newbie MAC owner and am using this laptop as a dedicated music production suite, using cubase, reason, final cut, all the plug-ins i can find plus ableton live...

    I'm wondering if anyone can advise of a decent Soundcard that I should buy? Budget of upto about £300...

    Many thanks!

    Jo :eek:)
     
  2. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    I am not sure I understand. The macbook already has a soundcard and replacing that would probably take more knowledge than being a 'newbie mac owner'. :)
     
  3. generik macrumors 601

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    Well you don't replace that because it is technically impossible, but you can buy external audio interfaces that hook up via Firewire..

    Wanna go pro? It does take some serious coin to get started :rolleyes:
     
  4. JoDevious thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yay - that's what i meant ... that's some heavy piece of kit & at over £500 - it should be too! do you think that an m-audio 410 would make a good cheaper alternative?
     
  5. generik macrumors 601

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    M-Audio not so good.

    I heard there is a smaller version of the Fireface though, not too sure, not the expert :eek:
     
  6. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

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    Ever thought of using Logic? I have always found it far, far more powerful than Cubase, the plugins are just brilliant.

    Having said that, I have hardly given Cubase a proper run for it's money.

    Just wondering what you think of Logic.:)
     
  7. ormandj macrumors member

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    Logic is much better IMO, but it all depends on you as a person. For me, I can work in Logic much more efficiently. Regardless, this isn't what he was asking about. :)

    Apogee Ensemble. <-- Best interface money can buy. (Short of $50k+ insane solutions.)

    http://gearslutz.com/board/showthread.php?t=71114
    http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/ensemble.php

    Oops, just noticed you have a cap on your spending. Hmm. MOTU Ultralight then. About $540 usd, which is under your budget.

    http://www.studio-central.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=184882
    http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/ultralite
     
  8. Slipmip macrumors newbie

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    Do a search in the ableton forums, there are tons of posts on interfaces(souncards).
     
  9. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

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    I know, I was just curious to his opinions on Logic/Cubase.
     
  10. ormandj macrumors member

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    Hehe, sorry, I didn't mean to come off as "snappy" at you. :) Just was trying to say "now back to the topic". :p Sorry!! :eek:
     
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    :)
     

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