interface recomendations?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by ac-mac, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. ac-mac macrumors member

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    Im looking for an audio interface and have no idea what to get... everything looks complicated, so i thought id lay out what i need and maybe someone here could recommend something.

    i need to record 2 mics and 2 guitars at the same time into garageband or logic express, and have them on seperate tracks so i can do some simple editing. thats pretty much it, but some simple EQ controls would be good to.

    Not looking to spend more than £75. Ive seen stuff on the Apple Store around that price but not sure if thats what im looking for?

    Anyone got any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. Sesshi macrumors G3

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  3. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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    Get a Presonus Firepod, or a small mixer and a presonus firebox
     
  4. GanleyBurger macrumors regular

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  5. ac-mac thread starter macrumors member

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    decided

    thanks for the advice... but i think im gonna get the MultiMix 8USB now and maybe later sell it and get the iO|14.
     
  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Let us know how you get on, that interface has interested me for a while. I'm all set for main systems but it might be good for organising the audio clutter in my bedroom or something. I prefer knobs to prodding screen controls.
     
  7. cmccarten macrumors member

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    oh man, don't get that!
    there's no way you'll be able to record 4 inputs simultaneously with USB! it may say that you can do that, but you will almost certainly have major crackling / latency issues.

    get a firewire interface like the focusrite saffire LE.
    it will has WAY better preamps than anything that alesis offers.
     
  8. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    It's USB2.0. So less chance of that happening, and why I'm so intrigued for the money. And he wasn't asking for a £200 interface.
     
  9. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    This is a BAD choice. Send it back. These USB mixers do NOT send independent channels to the computer. In other words, you cannot record 8 different mics independently. It only sends a stereo mix.

    Only use firewire for audio interfaces. There is a reason why the pro audio and pro video I/O devices are all firewire. Firewire sends data in a constant stream whereas usb is just small bursts. This does not work for audio.
     
  10. cmccarten macrumors member

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    My thoughts exactly! I had a USB interface and it was virtually unusable. Despite the fact that you'll pay a bit more for firewire, it is the difference between having something that works or doesn't. USB will provide about a couple of hour's worth of solid interest before you realize how hugely limited it is.
    Presonus Firebox, Focusrite Saffire, M-Audio firewire 410...are really the only reasonable entry-level interfaces.

    tweakheadz has a great comparison chart that can help you find a good solution (lots of other really, really helpful information on that site)
     
  11. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    This is what I thought as well... but the Multimix purports to offer independent recording of each channel. It is possible under USB2.0 - no-one's talking about 30 channels of IO, etc.
     
  12. gvdv macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I'm about to buy a Mac Pro and an RME Fireface 400 firewire audio interface.

    Apparently the RME 400 and it's bigger brother the 800 have excellent quality pre-amps, and drivers that work flawlessly with both PC and Mac (now I've said that, I'm sure there'll be some horror stories). If I could afford the Fireface 800, I'd go for that, but I can't, and in some ways (according to a review I read, the 400 has some advantages).

    The '800' and '400' in the model numbers refer - I believe - to the throughput, measured in Mbps (mega bits - not bytes - per second) that the signal travels at.


    GVDV
     

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