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Sound card in, or firewire/usb?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Jenson, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Jenson

    Jenson Active Member

    I tried searching this forum for some ideas, but either I couldn't think of the right search string, or there isn't much on it, so ....

    I'm recording two tracks max through a Mackie 1202VLZ into a Core2Duo Mac mini. The mini allows 24 bit recording and playback, and I'm getting sound quality that satisfies me, but in a response here I remember a comment that this direct-in method would be commiting some sort of recording sacralige. Really?

    ('Just discovered that this subject has been hashed to death with the general idea that the internal sound stuff is not good. 'Only had to go back one page to find a thread. OK, nevermind. 'Typical newbie dumb post.)
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Not the best of quality, an interface could also provide HiZ input for guitar/ bass, and 48v phantom power.

    All modern macs all come with optical SPDIF, that can be combined with a high end preamp for excellent results.

    A combo plug/cable must be used though.

    I suggest an interface for more rugged jacks and better monitoring options.

    If you damage the connectors by hanging adaptors off of your mini, it will require a new motherboard.
  3. Jenson

    Jenson Active Member

    Actually, the mixer supplies the necessary selection of inputs and phantom power as well as hardware monitoring and alt 3/4 outs. I agree that the 1/8 inch mini jacks look a bit fragile.
  4. Jenson

    Jenson Active Member

    With a new Mackie Onyx Blackjack the noise floor has disappeared, and the sound is much cleaner and crisper. 'Live and learn. Thanks George B. (not the real george I presume) for the feedback.

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