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Best portable interface for PC Laptop?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by amg1, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    What's good? Just got a laptop I can use while traveling to work on mixes while on the go. Will be moving to an Ibook in the future, but right I'm on PC running Logic Platinum 5.5.1. Any suggestions on a GOOD interface, portable, as I travel alot and would like to take in progress mixes with me to keep things moving.

  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    motu traveler!!!

    you gotta check it out!!! bus powered and so on...
  3. ghellquist

    ghellquist Guest

    Motu looks nice. Not bus powered if you have a portable PC though. (no laptop PC on the market today supplies bus power on FW bus). I believe mac portables supply that, but I am no expert.

    So, currently, if you really want to avoid a separate wall wart for the sound card there is only USB to choose from. I have an MBox that I am happy with. There are plenty other to choose from though. Just be very sure to test with your actual computer, sound cards are notorious for not beeing compatible with every PC ever made, you simply have to test it.

    I have a Motu 828mkII and really like that. Not quite as portable, but it simply plugs into the mains directly without a wall wart. Did I tell you I am beginning to hate wall warts? Firewire is a good bet on the future in my mind. And there are lots of firewire cards to select from out there.

  4. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    Hey Gunner Thanx for the 411. Yeah I had thought about the MOTU as I have the 2408MKIII in my hame studio and love it. But I had found out about the power issue w/PC and counted it out. The MBOX sounds cool with the PRO Tools LE also, but can the interface be used by LOGIC is my main thing?
  5. huub

    huub Guest

    I used an mbox with asio driver and logic 5.5 recently...worked flawlessly..
    sounded great too..
  6. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    Thanks Huub,

    The Mbox looks like a real candidate, I'm going to move in that direction. The plus, I get to learn on Pro Tools at the sametime.
  7. bubblegum

    bubblegum Guest

    You could try an Apogee Mini-Me. More money than an Mbox, but a different league in terms of AtoD conversion. USB interface is, of course not as high a data transfer as a FW interface, but it'll work fine for 2 channels.

    I have a VX pocket sound card and use the mini-me into the S/Pdif input. Sounds great. I just finished recording a serious album project for commercial release with this setup on PT Free!
    It sounds big & warm, loads of depth. Everything recorded through that little preamp.

    Look out for it later this year...... Artist: The Lost Angels.

    Good luck.

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