Which Audio Interface for Me?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by ebook, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. ebook macrumors 6502

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    Okay, I have decided to make the switch from my iMic and a mixer to an audio interface that has two inputs so I can record two channels at once. I may be using external pre's at times so it must have line-in's. Also, right now I am using a Rev. A Mac Mini, but soon I will be upgrading to a Mac Intel Book to be named later. I will mainly use this to record acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, and ocassionally drums (using a mixer to sub mix and then into the audio interface). I will do everything for my own home enjoyment so my standards are real high. Here are the possibilities I have come up with from the Sweetwater catalog in my price range ($150 - $300):
    1.)Lexicon Alpha (this is a new model) or Lambda - both are USB
    2.)Tapco Link.USB
    3.)Makie Spike (USB)
    4.)Alesis io I 14 (what is this thing USB or Firewire?)
    5.)M-Audio Firewire 410
    6.)Presonus Firebox

    It doesn't matter to me if it is USB or Firewire, I guess my biggest requirement is the ability to use the line-in for external pre's. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    though you can get serviceable sounds w/in that price range, you may want to re-examine your expectations.

    what s/w you going to run?
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    1.)Lexicon Alpha (this is a new model) or Lambda - both are USB

    2.)Tapco Link.USB

    3.)Makie Spike (USB)

    4.)Alesis io I 14 (what is this thing USB or Firewire?)
    Firewire

    5.)M-Audio Firewire 410


    6.)Presonus Firebox

    7) Edirol FA-66 Firewire

    List of all the Edirol interfaces

     
  4. ebook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you have any suggestions out side of that price range for 2 channels? I'm open to other ideas.

    Also, thanks for the s/w question I meant to mention that. Right now I will use Garageband with the hopes of upgrading to Logic Express in the future when I get the MacBook to be named later.
     
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    i haven't used it, but a couple friends of mine are nuts for the metric halo uln-2.
     
  6. ebook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    WOWZA!! That might be a bit out of my price range. I'm just looking for something to record myself and my brother with for our own enjoyment. I would like to use some external pre's just because I have them and I like the sould of them on different instruments. Thanks for the help!

    I guess the FireBox is probably the most popular, I just thought I would check and see if anyone had any experience with any of these other devices.
     
  7. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    Presonus Firebox

    some people on this forum have reportedly been displeased with the performance of the Presonus Firebox, though I myself do not have one so I can't say. You might want to stick with something from M-Audio. They have a good reputation, and I can tell you from experience that my M-Audio soundcard is the bomb.
     
  8. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    understood. imo, in this industry you get what you pay for.

    a friend asked me to help him put together a front-end for GB with a $200 budget. he ended up getting a Studio Projects condensor mic and a 2-channel m-audio box. i'm sorry, but i don't recall the models.

    it was okay. it was a vast improvement over using the built-in mic, but sonically not good enough for my purposes. but good enough for his: mostly for his father-in-law, who plays acoustic guitar. ymmv.
     
  9. faintember macrumors 65816

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    We have two of the M-Audio FW 410's at my uni, and they work great when they work. There have been problems waking from sleep with them. Other than that it is a fairly nice interface, but you will def. want external mic preamps to use with it.
     

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