Advise- New interface- possibly new software

Discussion in 'Mixing & Editing' started by FriedRock, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. FriedRock

    FriedRock Active Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Alright. I am selling my MOTU HD 192 because I am buying an electronic drum set and wont need near that many inputs- and also, i need money to afford the electric set with.

    I need to buy a new interface with maybe 4 mic input preamps- maximum.

    Since Im going to be doing mostly MIDI drums, I would like to maybe switch software as well. I feel like Sonar 8 is not holding up so well. especially with midi stuff.

    Here is what would be perfect-
    You can buy an Avid Mbox 3 Pro and Pro Tools 9 for around $900somethin'

    BUT, dont get me wrong- i would still like to have the audio preamp quality of the HD 192. But in order to do that, I would need to get like a Mackie Onyx 400F-- but that would leave no room for new software, and I hear that the Mackie can have some latency issues when it comes to doing heavy midi work.

    Do I really need new software?

    I have about $775 to play around with.


    So yea, Im selling the MOTU HD core system on ebay for $1120
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    There's not much around that would give good results with 4 or more mic inputs at the sort of price that leaves you enough to buy PT9 from your $775 budget. My suggestion would be to go away from PT for tracking and instead consider something like Reaper. This maximizes what you can put into the hardware.

    Personally, I would not be considering the Mbox, and instead looking at something like an RME FireFace 800. These are now starting to appear more often on the second-hand market now that the RME UFX is available. An FF800 would gobble your 4-mic input and MIDI requirement and give you high-quality pre-amps plus 6 further line inputs for expansion.
  3. Cleanpants

    Cleanpants Active Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    Sherman Oaks, California, United States
    I have to agree with Boswell on a couple of points. The RME interface is probably one of the best on the market, I'm personally a big fan and their converters sound fantastic. That being said, you would have to expand your budget slightly to grab one of these guys. If you find one second-hand you'll probably be looking in the $850 to $900 range. But, it would be well worth the money.

    I also have to agree with him on Reaper. It's a great program for relatively cheap. You can download a version to try out for 30 days or so for free to see if you feel comfortable with it. In my experience, Pro Tools is a great program for doing audio recording, but has a lot to be desired in the MIDI department. Something like Cubase 6 might work out better for that, but again, you would be talking about some additional cost involved for that software package as well.

    I also wanted to point out that the new MBox Pro's are by far the best MBox interface that Avid has put out. Quality chassis construction, the knobs have a very nice feel, and the mic pre's actually don't sound half bad. I was never a big fan of the previous MBox line, but I have to admit that the new MBox Pro's are pretty good. It's amazing that once Avid opened up their software, they finally came out with a quality piece of hardware.

    You should be able to find an MBox Pro in the $700 range (just the hardware) and go with Reaper, and be pretty close to your estimated budget.
  4. jdutaillis

    jdutaillis Active Member

    Jul 4, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
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    +1 for REAPER.

    I moved from Pro Tools a year ago and love every minute of using it. Version 4 is just about out now as well ;)
  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    You may want to test drive PT first, even though it's midi has improved 100% it's still not as deep featured as Sonar, cubase,ect.

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