Which sound card for basic recording?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by St0rMl0rD, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. St0rMl0rD macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm switching from MacBook Pro (2009) to a MacBook Pro Retina 13" (mid 2014), and since I'm doing lots of music, I will need an audio input, which is not available on the new MacBooks anymore. Which sound card would you recommend? I'm looking for something with decent input, but nothing expensive.

    -J
     
  2. Morpheo macrumors 65816

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    How many inputs do you need?
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    To add to the post directly above, what kind of mics will you be using?

    Do they have XLR connectors?
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Just microphones, not guitar to keys inputs. What kind of microphones? You need to tell us how you would use this.
     
  5. polaris20 macrumors 68020

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    While the OP is lacking in details, I would recommend the Presonus iTwo, which is affordable, sounds good, and works with both OS X and iOS. Does 1/4" as well as XLR mics with phantom power.
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    There are quite a few good options at the $150 price point. Presonus "audiobox" is one. Focus rite has a competing product that is very good, maybe better. But it appears the OP has gone AWOL
     
  7. St0rMl0rD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just need two mono (or one stereo) inputs. Thanks, will look into those.
     
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    St0rMl0rD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Still here ;) I will look into them a bit deeper after I get my MBP Retina.

    Thanks guys!
     
  10. Thanks pal macrumors member

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    Presonus is good stuff.

    Having said that. Spend your money on good mics. Your Presonus will work for a while until Apple updates OS X a few versions and then suddenly won't be supported. Buy inexpensive with the interface and spend plenty on the mics. If you lose interest the mics will hold their value.
     
  11. SimonUK5 macrumors 6502

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    What?! Decent Pre's and converters is massive important too... Obviously Mics make the most difference, but do not skip on buying a cheap interface.
     
  12. Thanks pal macrumors member

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    Sure. But what I see are people spending a couple of thousand on their computer and interface and having little left for a microphone. Note that I said inexpensive, not cheap.
     

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