USB or Thunderbolt Audio Interface for 2017 iMac

kgphotos

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I would like to get audio into my 2017 iMac. It does not have a Mic Input. I need a USB interface. What do you recommend?

Thanks!
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vemac575

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Thunderbolt is too expensive compared to the pros. You'll be fine with a USB.
 

Fishrrman

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For a 2017 iMac, USB will be fine.

But... be aware that for Macs that have come AFTER the 2017 -- such as the iMac Pro, 2018 MacBook Pros, and 2018 Mini -- there are reported problems with USB audio due to the t2 chip inside these newer Macs.

But again -- if you're going to be using the 2017 iMac (which DOES NOT HAVE a t2 chip) -- you'll be fine.
 
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kgphotos

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Ok. So I did some research and wondering if anyone has experience with these or could offer their opinion...

1. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Interface
2. Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface
3. PreSonus Audio Interface 2 Mic Pres - 4 Line Outs Studio 26
4. Mackie Onyx Producer 2-2 2-in-2-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Thanks everyone!
 
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Fishrrman

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I had an older Presonus Firebox and it was a good unit.
Folks also speak well about the Focusrite.
 

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Ok. So I did some research and wondering if anyone has experience with these or could offer their opinion...

1. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Interface
2. Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface
3. PreSonus Audio Interface 2 Mic Pres - 4 Line Outs Studio 26
4. Mackie Onyx Producer 2-2 2-in-2-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Thanks everyone!
I would suggest that you purchase a USB-C interface, both for future proofing reasons and because USB-C interfaces offer more features. Current USB 2.0 interfaces are old designs and are on the way out.

If you have the money, the Sound Devices MixPre-3 is in a different league from the interfaces you’ve mentioned, in part because it is a new, USB-C design that offers more sophisticated features: https://www.sounddevices.com/products/recorders/mixpre-3
 

kgphotos

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That is one heck of a device! If I had the money, I’d consider it. Thanks for your reply.