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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

    Jan 6, 2011
    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 Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    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

    Jan 20, 2011
    Terrebonne, OR
    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 Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    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

    Jan 20, 2011
    Devon, UK
    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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