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Need a new USB interface, can't decide?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by AlecEinWindir, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. AlecEinWindir

    AlecEinWindir Active Member

    I am looking to purchase a new Audio Interface.

    Currently, I have a Line 6 POD Studio UX1. It served me well for about 2 years, and it helped me learn a lot about recording, but now it is dying and I am looking to upgrade to something that will give me more control and flexibility.

    I was looking at the M-Audio Fast Track 8R and the Mackie ProFX12.

    I particularly like the ProFX12 because of course it also a mixer.

    Which one would you guys recommend?

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    What's your budget? How many channels do you need with what mix of microphone and instrument inputs? Do you want a live sound mixer from which you can only record the 2-track mix, or an audio interface that records each track separately for later mixdown? Are you restricted to USB, or does your computer have either a native FireWire port or an expansion slot for a plug-in FireWire interface card?
  3. Michael Hodecker

    Michael Hodecker Active Member

    Mackie all the way :) you'll be able to use it for other things too and have a great mixer for whatever your needs are.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The Mackie ProFX series is not a multichannel interface. It is a two channel stereo bus interface. The Mackie multichannel interfaces are the Onyx mixers and the Blackbird.
  5. delfy

    delfy Active Member

    I have an RME fireface UC, they are very expensive, but amazing for all kinds of reasons! Check it out

    Also, I had an edirol ua-101 before, which was a 10 in 10 out USB 2 interface, I really liked the pre's on it, but it died on me a few months back.

    And then cheaper still is the focusrite saffire USB 6, which is a 2 in 4 out usb interface, which is quite nice and not very expensive

    Good luck
  6. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    I have the Saffire 6 USB. I have only brief experience with two other Firewire interfaces, so take my remarks with that limitation in place, but I am very happy with it. It is stable, easy to operate, and I think it sounds good.

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