Advice on soundcard for recording dj scratching!?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by djrawson, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. djrawson macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    I am looking for an audio interface to use with my new imac 27"
    I will be recording in garageband and also logic pro.been looking to get maybe one of these - 'M AUDIO FIREWIRE SOLO' or 'M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB'
    as im on a tight budget,but basically im looking to be able to just record,and moniter my scratching from my dj mixer into the interface,and into garageband or logic with the lowest if not any latency as im sure you guys know latency is very important! especially if your trying to record dj scratching!!
    and also a mic input aswell.

    I have heard that I dont need a firewire interface as im only recording one,maximum two tracks at a time and usb would be just fine! is this true?

    Thanks in advance
  2. deej999 macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    to get less / zero latency in Logic/GB getting a firewire interface with direct monitoring is a better idea.

    The Apogee Duet is an amazing quality interface but probably outside your budget. Apogee Uno only does input... Lexicon IONIX U22 offers zero latency monitoring and the higher end M-audio product look to offer this too. Get the best interface you can buy. The quality of the interface makes a difference.

  3. djrawson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    thanks for your reply!!
    The Lexicon IONIX U22 is in my price range,but that is
    USB 2.0 rather than FireWire,I've heard alot of talk that FireWire is alot better!? I recon the lexicon will be able to let me scratch without any latency?
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    most audio interfaces have zero latency monitoring. USB will work fine for a handfull of tracks. The Presonus audio box is USA for abot $150. All of them will have at least one mic input. The lowest price unit on the market that wiil work is the Lexington Alph. It's abot $80
  5. djrawson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010

    cheers chris,but how would i go about connecting my dj mixer to that presonus? or to pretty much any audio interface that doesnt have analogue inputs?
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    They ALL have analogue inputs. Every one of them. All you do is run an line level out from the mixer to the line level in on ad audio interface. The ends are typically 1/4" TS for unbalanced or either XLR or 1/4" TRS for balanced signals.
  7. SFXsource macrumors newbie


    Mar 5, 2009
    you should be fine with the lower end M-audio USB interfaces ... as long as you check your levels though, you really don't need to monitor while recording, unless you are scratching to a beat ...

    if not, just make sure the levels are good, take off your headphones, and go nuts

    plus, if the latency does get in the way you can always return it and upgrade, but it should be fine

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