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Decent budget sound

Discussion in 'Recording' started by MindField, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. MindField

    MindField Guest


    I am new to this field, want to find a budget solution to create music. First choice - sound card. Purpose:
    1. Decent sound
    2. Recording (both instrumental and vocal preferably)
    3. MIDI
    4. ASIO and
    5. Lack of troubles with drivers, FiWi, hard or compatibility with programs (FL, Cubase and so on)

    I have 2 variants (below $200):
    1. M-Audio Audiophile Firewire (not Solo). I dealt with it in past, it was nice. However, it has unbalanced IN\OUT and its kinda hard to find it now.

    2. Echo AudioFire 2. Balanced IN\OUTs, easy to buy, but it lack power button (don`t know how important it is) and it is a new staff and I can`t find free reviews and troubleshootings.

    What would you recommend?
    I have Toshiba laptop (with I believe Texas Instr. IEEE 1394) (Core2 Duo 1.7, 1GB). I also have electroacoustic guitar, consider buying Korg Triton or derivatives. Do i have to have mixer for all this stuff or balanced inputs are enogh?

    And last, what monitors would you recommend? Below $300, I consider Beringer 2030A (http://www.samedaymusic.com/product--BEHB2030A)

    Thanks in advance!
  2. zemlin

    zemlin Distinguished Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    I have the Audiofire12 and I'm quite happy with it. I never use the power button. You'll need a mic preamp of some sort between your microphone and the audiofire. If you'll be running the guitar signal direct, you can plug that right into the interface. You don't need a mixer - just microphone preamps.
  3. MindField

    MindField Guest

  4. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member

    Dec 20, 2006
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    I have the Echo Layla 3G and this unit sounds great.
  5. jenifer

    jenifer Guest

    look into the toneports by line6 surprize!

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