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Best interface under 550 dollars

Discussion in 'Recording' started by telecast, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. telecast

    telecast Guest

    a little interface shootout! which do you think is best, if you had this much to spend what interface would you buy?
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    How many tracks? What features?
  3. telecast

    telecast Guest

    the question is..... if you had 550 bucks what interface would YOU buy and why?
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Yes, and that depends on the answers to my questions. ;) Technically, I would spend the $550 on something else because I already have an interface. If you're after a recommendation, I and others would be happy to make one, but we really need to know the answers to my questions.
  5. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    PCI, USB, FireWire?
  6. telecast

    telecast Guest

    well my question is more complex.... i guess.... ive heard great things about the echo layla 3g so i ordered it a couple weeks ago.... however they are backordered most likely for another week or so.... over the time i have been waiting i am wondering if there is something better... i recently got a new job so i will be able to spend more money on an interface...

    pci is ok... im unsure as to which is best... i assume pci will have less latency problems... so that is a plus.

    i would like the ability to record a full band... at least 6in/out..... i dont have a preamp so a interface with good preamps would be nice.... i have nuendo2 software btw... i also want one with good ad/da converters
  7. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    The 3G only has a pair of mic preamps...
  8. telecast

    telecast Guest

    are they any good?
  9. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Haven't heard them yet. I'd assume they're "reasonable" considering the price...

    But again, that's only going to give you two mics at a time unless you go with outboard preamps or a separate mixer...

    Might want to look into the Aardvark stuff or an M-Audio Octane - You'd likely need a different monitoring interface, but at least you'd get your inputs...
  10. telecast

    telecast Guest

    i was recently given a behringer eurodesk 32 track 8 bus mixing board..... its really big, but it was free... im not certain how the preamps are on that thing but i could always pull it out of the garage and put it to use....
  11. telecast

    telecast Guest

    what do you think about the:

    lynx one
    lynx L22
    lynx aes16

    i may be able to strech my budget a little bit to be able to afford one of these cards...(in the upper 600 range)... ive heard great things about these cards...

    on a different note... are there any problems with firewire/usb2.0 interfaces? are there any benefits?
  12. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    If you can afford a Lynx card, I would definitely pick one up. The are truly outstanding cards with great specs. Check out this site for test data on many different cards, including the Lynx One. As for Firewire/USB, FIrewite is ok, USB is too demanding on the CPU, but you will get the best performance from a PCI card.
  13. telecast

    telecast Guest

    does it have enough inputs for full band recording?

    do you know how the lynx one compares to the other cards i asked about?

    does the lynx one come with a breakout box?

    if it meets my needs im pretty excited because its only 449.00 on http://www.studica.com

    edit: what also then should i do about midi connections?
  14. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    the motu 828mkii will give you up to 20 inputs and its only $650...
  15. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    $650? Where?
  16. dexters lab

    dexters lab Guest

    nobody would opt to buy a used digi 001?

    i'd like to hear thoughts on that idea....

    they are going for 500 used usd...
  17. michaeltk

    michaeltk Guest

    Why buy a used digi when you can buy a used LynxTwo!? I'm selling my LynxTwo on eBay, and it's currently going for less than $300.
  18. No. God, no. Run! Stay the hell away from the Digi001! (Unless you're only planning to use the S/PDIF in and the monitor knob. With ProTools LE.)
  19. telecast

    telecast Guest

    michealtk!!! im intersted in buying it!!
  20. dojah

    dojah Guest

    what usb sound card works best with a p3 500mk laptop for the cash, need two xlr inputs to use for country music {1 mic 1 input} m-audio? at around $250 cdn ?

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