New audio interface, recommendations needed.

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

  1. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    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

    And the Native Komplete 6 (which looks pretty much like the old AK1)

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

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

    Feb 20, 2009
  3. MiesVanDerRobot macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2012
    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


    Jan 9, 2012
    Boston, MA
    +1 on the 2i2! I used to have one, and it was a great value.
  5. Diastro macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2010
    Veldhoven, the Netherlands
    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


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    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

    Nov 26, 2010
    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

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    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

    Oct 23, 2013
    :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

    Aug 28, 2012
    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


    Jun 15, 2004
    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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