New audio interface, recommendations needed.

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by cluthz, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. cluthz macrumors 68040

    cluthz

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    The last few years I've been using a Native Instruments Audio Kontroll 1, which now is dying.
    I need a replacement.

    I need at least 1 xlr with 48V power. A input for instrument/guitar. A good headphone preamp that can drive studio class high ohm headphones (3/4 jack 250+ohms).

    The Native AK1 has been ok. Very good sounding, but driver issues (funny enough most problematic in windows).

    I've been looking at the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
    http://us.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-2i2/setup-diagram

    And the Native Komplete 6 (which looks pretty much like the old AK1)
    http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/audio-interfaces/komplete-audio-6/

    Is there more options (that doesn't cost too much)?

    I'm gonna use it with both OSX and Win7
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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  3. MiesVanDerRobot macrumors member

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    I had a Focusrite Saffire for a few years and it was excellent bang for the buck. Nice preamps for a nice price. I think the Scarlett will serve you well.
     
  4. bwhli macrumors 6502a

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    +1 on the 2i2! I used to have one, and it was a great value.
     
  5. Diastro macrumors member

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    A friend of mine owns a Scarlett 2i2, and I personally believe it's a little low on the outputs. Both the monitor and the headphone outs. You may have more luck with a Saffire series. Maybe a Saffire 6 USB or a Pro 14?
     
  6. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    Definitely go for the Scarlett 2i2. I bought mine recently and I'm very pleased with it. I got mine from Amazon brand new, and it was really easy to set up.
     
  7. SimonUK5 macrumors 6502

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    Another +1 for the Scarlett. Really really nice little interface. Pretty much perfect for the price and size. Super easy to use, no messing around.
     
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The Focusrite i good. Another one like it is "Audiobox" by PreSonus. About $150.


    One thing to look for is an audio interface that is "class compliant" and does not need drivers.
     
  9. t434 macrumors newbie

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    :D lol i wish i had the money for a apollo!

    Don't forget to look at Apogee's stuff! Love their AD/DA converters!
     
  10. MiesVanDerRobot macrumors member

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    I love my Apogee Quartet, but when OP says "Is there more options (that doesn't cost too much)?" I'm going to stick to recommending options that fit his/her budget. :cool:
     
  11. cluthz thread starter macrumors 68040

    cluthz

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    Thanks for all the advice!

    I got a Roland UA-55 and I'm very happy with it!
    No issues so far and the sound quality is amazing.
     

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