usb audio interface and/or mixer for new macbook help please!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mjhann, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. mjhann macrumors newbie

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    hi,
    please could someone tell me what USB 2.0 interface or USB mixer for 16-bit professional audio quality recordings for my new macbook (with 4GB upgrade and no firewire)

    i want to create some tracks on the MPC 2500 then send them in stereo to logic for editing EQ/Compression etc.. (unless the effecs/eq is better on a usb mixer instead of what's in logic pro 9 as far as audio quality is concerned... someone please tell me...lol)

    plus i also want to use a midi keyboard to record using the bulit in sounds in logic pro 9.
    i will be only be recording one track at a time into the macbook as ill be making simple hip hop beats with no need of using more than 16 channels in total for any song...

    is something like the "Alesis MultiMix 16 USB 2.0 Mixer" what i need are far as professional audio quality is concerned

    or is it something as simple as a usb audio interface is what i only need

    Thanks!
     
  2. Serge88, Jan 21, 2011
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    I use for recording audio,
    http://www.cakewalk.com/products/hardware/default.aspx?Prod=UA-1G
    for midi,
    http://www.cakewalk.com/products/hardware/default.aspx?Prod=UM-1G

    If you want to save money forget the alexis mixer, usually people record one track at a time and mix with Logic. Apogee Duet have positive review. Record in 24 bits and use 16 bits for final step. Try Garageband it's free.
    No matter what you buy make sure the driver is up to date and there's a mac osx snowleopard driver.

    Here's a recording I did with my setup and garageband.
    http://www.box.net/shared/tob48slcso
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "please could someone tell me what USB 2.0 interface or USB mixer for 16-bit professional audio quality recordings for my new macbook (with 4GB upgrade and no firewire)"

    "Professional" quality?
    Then, get one of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/RME-Fireface-UC-USB-Interface/dp/B002N12DM2

    If that's a little high for your budget, then I'd suggest something like the M-Audio "Fast Track Ultra" which offers a good complement of inputs/outputs for a LOT less $$$.

    There are a few good demo videos of how to use the Fast Track Ultra on youtube.

    I wouldn't recommend the Alesis. You _don't_ want a "mixer" when you _need_ an "interface".
     
  4. slowtraveler macrumors member

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    M-Audio Fast Track Ultra gets good reviews, as Fishrrman noted. Also consider:

    Avid ProTools Mbox (new 4-channel USB interface with built-in MIDI and S/PDIF I/O, and well as onboard DSP and useful monitoring features, and a bundled copy of ProTools LE 8), or;

    sound devices USBPre 2 (an extremely high-quality 2-channel USB interface with flexible I/O. Very well-built, useful for remote recording etc., and class-compliant for Mac OS X 10.4 and above--no software driver required).
     
  5. mjhann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i wont be able to get the apogee duet cos its firewire and it looks like im gonna be getting the apogee ONE.. i like the fact that it can be simply connected to powered monitors using a stereo mini jack 3.5mm(1/8") to 2x mono 6.3mm (1/4")...

    cheers for all the responses people!
     
  6. slowtraveler, Jan 27, 2011
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    slowtraveler macrumors member

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    The Apogee One looks like a nice little box. You did notice that it only has one input channel, right? You wouldn't be able to use it to record stereo tracks into Logic from external instruments, as you mentioned you intended to do in your original post. As long as you're cool with recording only mono, should work well.
     
  7. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    I have seemingly simpler requirements, but use the M-Audio Fast Track Pro, which works well.
     
  8. mjhann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "You did notice that it only has one input channel, right? You wouldn't be able to use it to record stereo tracks into Logic from external instruments, as you mentioned you intended to do in your original post."

    cheers for slowtraveler... not long noticed myself... that'll be no good for me then... if only i had firewire i woulda got the apogee duet... :(

    looks like it may have to be the new Avid Pro Tools Mbox or the mini version of it...

    still not gonna rush into buying one yet without extensivley looking into most of 'em
     
  9. ViM macrumors regular

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    I'm also looking at usb audio interfaces and my shortlist for my price range and the need to record in stereo has resolved down to the m-audio fast track pro, focusrite saffire 6 usb, and the presonus audiobox. I think all of these have midi in/out and would satisfy your needs. From what I gather in reviews, in this price range they are all effectively the same quality and it just goes down to user preference in regards to ergonomics and the price of the interface depending on your location.
     
  10. aussiedj macrumors regular

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    That's the one I got for it's high quality analogue to digital converters.

    It also looks good.
     

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