Presonus or MAudio?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by scooterguitar, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. scooterguitar macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2008
    This ? is for a relative who wants to goof around with Garageband, little guitar and rarely vocals.
    I'm clueless as to what to suggest, as I use a Duet/11R, and such, but he's a pretty tight budget.

    The Maudio MKII is around $120 and the Presonus audiobox is around $150, so that's his price range:D

    Anyone have comments on either for simplicity of plug it in for him and jam away? I'll help him, but he's going to need simple as can be.

  2. happle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    i use the m audio fast track 2 usb. m audio is super compatible with mac so its pretty much plug and jam. also very simple to use.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Does your friend's computer have a Firewire connector as well as USB?

    I used a Presonus "Firebox" for awhile and it worked very well.

    The "AudioBox" appears to be a copy of the Firebox, with USB instead of Firewire -- but it looks like it only has 2 inputs/outputs at one time.

    The Firebox gave you up to 6 inputs at once. They're now a discontinued product (replaced by the new "Firestudio Mobile", see below), but can be found on ebay at good prices.

    Your friend might check out the Presonus "Firestudio Mobile": Mobile Firewire Audio Interface-_-PFSMOBILE
    If there is any way your friend could scrape up a little more $$$$, this is the Presonus product to get.

    I'd HIGHLY recommend that your friend choose a Firewire-based interface over USB. Fewer problems, less latency.

    Worth noting is that all the Presonus packages come bundled with Cubase LE4 digital audio software. This is a "step up" from GarageBand in terms of power (also with a higher learning curve), but it's an excellent blend offering power, ease-of-use, and ease-of-learning.
  4. BlackJack325 macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    I have the M-Audio Fast Track Pro. It sounds good, just dont like that you only get 2 LED's to monitor the input.
    That Presonus unit mentioned in the post above has 3 so guess its better?
    Mine connects via USB, is the Firewire better?
  5. scooterguitar thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2008
    Thanks guys.
    Yes, he has firewire. In all honesty, as little as he'll be using it I don't think firewire will make a difference. Likely only be doing a few tracks.

    I'll let him know the info, appreciate the feedback!
  6. SFXsource macrumors newbie


    Mar 5, 2009
    I just went through this same process and tried to save a few bucks by buying the MAudio mobile pre ... made of plastic, tons of hiss and noise in the recordings.

    The Presonus FireStudio Mobile was waaaaay better in terms of quality (actually made of metal) and very low noise floor in the recordings

    Its a bit more expensive, but worth it ... otherwise, I would deem Presonus products superior to MAudio at this point

    I also had to give up on MAudio previously because their Firewire 410 stopped working with Logic Pro and they haven't been able to create functional driver updates to make it work consistently,

    In sum, Presonus rocks and MAudio products have issues
  7. BlackJack325, Dec 29, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010

    BlackJack325 macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Interesting.... I did notice there is some hiss when I have something waiting to record on the M-Audio unit.

    That has me wondering if I can return the M-Audio unit and try out that PreSonus unit you're talking about
  8. MacMojo1 macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I picked up an Apogee One recently and it's superb but obviously can only do one track at a time. Integration with GB and Logic is seamless.

    Highly recommended.
  9. scooterguitar thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2008
    Oh, I agree with Apogee products, love my Duet. But this thread is on entry-level units to get the job done.
    Good info SFX.
  10. BlackJack325 macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Is the Apogee interface not entry level? Certainly has the price of an entry level @ $250....
    I think im gonna trade in my M-Audio Fast Track Pro for that PreSonus Firestudio Mobile.
  11. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    The Presonus audiobox is a terrible piece of gear. The headphone quality is horrendously thin. It's been talked about on the Presonus forum and Gearslutz. I bought one from Sweetwater and returned it. For entry level stuff I'd definitely stick with the m-audio fasttrack stuff. I use an m-audio ProFire 610 and it's rock solid.
  12. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    I have spent more time with M-Audio gear than I have with Presonus. M-Audio gear is reliable and sounds good for what you pay.
  13. HvyMtlPlyr macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    I'm just getting into this myself so I don't have a lot of experience. You didn't mention if your friend has an amp? If so, what I did was connect the Line Out from my amp to the Line In on my iMac using a 1/4" M to 1/8" M cable and recorded that way. My amp is stereo so I have the stereo cable - not mono. I have a Vox Valvetronix modeling amp and prefer my amp and effect models over GarageBand's. By doing it this way I'm recording the sound as it comes from my amp.

    I've not tried any of the USB devices mentioned above so I can't compare.
  14. PRPS macrumors member


    Jan 21, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA

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