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Audio Interface Advice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Caatalyst, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Caatalyst

    Caatalyst Active Member

    Hey guys,

    I'm in need of some advice! I'm looking for a new Audio Interface (maximum £300) I'm am not sure what you guys recomend. I'm currently using an M-Box 2 which has all the features I need but it's been nothing but problematic.

    I'm looking for something that is reliable and stable operating alongside Windows 7 64bit.

    I've had my M-Box 2 since January and even now after digidesign released the 8.0.4 drivers which are supposed to be stable in windows 7 64bit there are still bugs unaddressed. Since they have just released the new M-Box 3 and Pro Tools 9 I'm guessing I won't be seeing anymore updates.

    I'm getting the odd pop and click whilst playing back any audio whether its in windows media player or Pro Tools and everytime I restart my computer, unless I switch the power off at the wall I get horrible crackly white noise.... its just not ideal!.

    So yes! I've had enough! I want something new. I didn't want to give up Pro Tools and I will get it eventually again I just didn't want to spend £600 but I'll deal with that when the time comes.

    Cheers guys.
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    How many mic input channels do you need? How many outputs?

    For a 2-input device, the TC Electronic Impact Twin comes in around your price range. You could also consider the Edirol FA-66, or possibly the Focusrite Saffire Pro24.

    If you need more than two inputs, there's not much worth having at £300 or less. However, if you are not in an extreme hurry, it's worth keeping an eye on Ebay (UK). Reasonable interfaces do crop up quite regularly in this price range, although there's nothing much there at the moment.
     
  3. Caatalyst

    Caatalyst Active Member

    Hey Boswell,

    Thanks for the reply! I only need two inputs and the audio interface to be USB powere. It will just be running into my KRK rokits. I will have alook at those you recomended thanks alot! :)
     
  4. Gthor48

    Gthor48 Active Member

    Have you looked in the Liquid Saffire 56. Firewire, ADAT, SPDIF. very versatile unit and PT 9 supports Native interfaces.
     
  5. Caatalyst

    Caatalyst Active Member

    Thats one ***y piece of kit. Unfortunately I can't afford to pay £600 for it and £600 for Pro Tools right now. I'm gunna looking the Saffire Pro24 I think.

    Cheers guys
     
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Down at this end of the market, a lot of the USB interfaces are all pretty much the same, and very few stand out. With that in mind, I would look at something like an EMU 0404 USB, or else stretch your budget to the new RME Babyface.

    Despite the RME copy saying "The Babyface is smooth on the outside for looks and feel, but has the balls inside", it is nevertheless a fully-developed product.

    The Saffire Pro24 is FireWire, by the way.
     
  7. bicasaur

    bicasaur Active Member

    I had the Presonus Audiobox for a while and liked it a lot. At home I'm running high dollar pres into lynx converters and the presonus doesn't match that, but it was a much better machine than my old Mbox 2 mini...
     

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