help choosing interface for recording on new imac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by djrawson, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. djrawson macrumors newbie

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    Jan 20, 2010
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    Hi,
    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. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Feb 20, 2009
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    "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?"

    If you have an iMac 27" with Firewire, whatever you do, DON'T buy a USB-based interface, whether it is "cheap" or not.

    Firewire is the way to go, hands down.

    My recommendation?
    Echo AudioFire4 - will cost about $299 at discount.

    Not the cheapest, but is reasonably priced.
    Decent mic pres and excellent analog/digital converters.
    Enough inputs and outputs so that you will have "room to grow".

    You might do better to visit the digital audio forum here at MacRumors.
    And also "gearslutz.com"
     

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