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are there any QUALITY usb powered interfaces?!? (no wall warts plz)

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by gemini8026, May 24, 2010.

  1. gemini8026

    gemini8026 Guest

    I need something for remote recording where I dont have access to many power outlets. Id like something where I can do some decent recording.. USB interfaces dont have a ton of options when it comes to self powered. Something like the EMU 0404 is NOT bus powered.

    Any suggestions, something that has phantom power, a decent pre, and a decent headphone amp??
     
  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Have you looked at the new RME BabyFace?
    Looks like the perfect mobile USB interface.
    I have the FF800 which is FW but if the BabyFace is anything like the quality RME puts into their equipment I would think this is a winner!
     
  3. gemini8026

    gemini8026 Guest

    it looks utterly fantastic!!!!!! One issue. The price *gulp* I cant swing that at the moment..... Its triple pretty much everything else out there!
     
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Ya....$750 is pretty high...all I can say is you get what you pay for....
    You have to decide how important your recording is to you and what your budget for that is..
    We all have to learn the cost of quality the hard way....
    Good luck!
     
  5. rmsaudio

    rmsaudio Active Member

  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    For USB there is the RME Babyface and also the Fireface UC. Also, apparently Cakewalk has a useful device but I have not seen or heard it myself-just passing along what a vehement poster claimed from three or four months ago. For smaller I/O you could also check out the EMU line which is quite good.

    Personally I would stay away from M-Audio and the other cheaper interfaces. The drivers are not always stable and are certainly not kept up to date.
     
  7. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    E-MU Tracker Pre for USB powered with power brick option, E-MU 0404 USB with power brick if you need MIDI and S/PDIF.
     
  8. inkd

    inkd Active Member

    Tascam US-1641, perhaps?
     
  9. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Nope. Nothing quality at all about the Tascam US 1641.
     
  10. inkd

    inkd Active Member

    @TheJackAttack Lol! Really? Why not?
     
  11. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Tascam generally- and that unit in particular- has less than mediocre mic preamps. Also the drivers for that unit are not the most stable, and there are many other units with greater flexibility. In my opinion of course, but I used to have some Tascam boards in the past and haven't seen any substantial improvement since they moved to digital equipment.
     

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