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Audio Interface Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by AnJ'rue, May 22, 2012.

  1. AnJ'rue

    AnJ'rue Active Member

    Hey Everyone,

    I currently had a MXL990/991 mic combo and and looking for an audio interface that provides phantom power so I can record both mics at the same time. I was looking into getting the TASCAM US-1800, but I don't think I need that many inputs because I use my MIDI KeyRig44 USB for Drums, Bass, and any other instruments. I think eventually, I might need 4 pre-amps at the most, but even then, that's pushing it. The Tascam 1800 is around $250 so I was wondering if there was another interface that was maybe only 4-6 inputs that would do everything the 1800 does, but is cheaper and still good in quality. I looked at the other Tascam interfaces such as US200, US600, and US800, but I've heard awful reviews about them (not being recognized by certain DAWs, driver issues, latency issues, etc). Any others you guys would recommend? As always, thanks a bunch!
  2. huitson_l

    huitson_l Active Member


    I use a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40. Although this audio interface has 8 analog inputs there are other focusrite saffire interfaces with less inputs. Audio Interface, Mic Preamplifier, Small-format Consoles, Channel Strips, EQ & Compressor from Focusrite

    I would highly recommend focusrite audio interfaces, pre-amps are good, routing is flexible and easy to configure, midi, phantom power and d.i included.

    I use the focusrite to record live bands, in the studio and to make electronic music.

    Hope this helps,

  3. AnJ'rue

    AnJ'rue Active Member

    Hi Liam,

    Thanks for the help! What kind of computer do you have and what OS do you use? The biggest thing I read about with audio interfaces is it not being compatible or working with with the OS you have.
  4. huitson_l

    huitson_l Active Member

    I use a Macbook Pro OS 10.6. The Focusrite Saffire is a Firewire Audio Interface. Most Interfaces & Plugins are compatible from OS 10.4 onwards but I would still check out the products specs & compatibility. I have used the audio interface with a OS 10.4 Operating System and it worked fine.

    Focusrite also do a 'Scarlet' series of audio interfaces, which use USB connectivity. (I haven't used any of these)
  5. Jadystacia

    Jadystacia Active Member

    If you're looking at 2-input devices, there are a few at different levels that work excellently.

    Since you're on a Mac, the king of all 2-input audio interfaces is the Apogee Duet 2, but that may be more money than you're looking to spend. Others have mentioned Focusrite, which is another great producer of low-input interfaces.

    This list has the best of each price range:
    $150 Focusrite 2i2
    $595 Apogee Duet 2
    $750 RME Babyface

    Hope this helped! Good luck with your search.
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Actually, there is no doubt in my mind that Lavry's Blacks are a good as it gets ( well close enough) and if you want excellent pre-amps added the AD11 is so sweet, USB included. The Blacks are a step above what has been mentioned but not cheap either.

    There is also this, recommended by Cucco:

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  7. JeremyCox

    JeremyCox Active Member

    The duet 1 isn't bad and may be more in OP's price range. There are tons of them on ebay.

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