audio interface reccomendations?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Hydrowolftd, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Hydrowolftd

    Hydrowolftd Guest

    im planning on getting a laptop for school in the fall and ive been told you cant upgrade the soundcards or anything.
    im using the behringer eurorack FX mixer with the nady drum mic kit.
    I wish to record drums guitars and vocals through the mixer and im wondering if there are any good bargains for what i want to do or if i should just get a basic usb interface with an XLR imput?
     
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

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    Sure you can upgrade the audio on a laptop. You can upgrade it by utilizing a USB or FireWire audio interface. Now that's an external device to the laptop. Your information is correct in that you cannot upgrade the sound " card" inside the laptop.

    Most USB interfaces have a limited number of inputs. Whereas the FireWire interfaces frequently allow for 8 or more simultaneous inputs. Of course with increased input count and microphone preamplifiers, you will pay accordingly more. Figure $500 to $1200 for a quality 8 microphone input FireWire device. Whereas you get a far better 2 microphone input USB devices for $100 to $500. Regardless of what audio interface you choose, you will generally find a piece of quality bundled software included with the audio device.

    Hope you get good grades?
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  3. Spase

    Spase Active Member

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    Emu makes an interface that works well with laptops. The 1616 and the 1616m (better converters) which do up to 16 channels (in and out) and come with a nice software bundle too.
     
  4. Hydrowolftd

    Hydrowolftd Guest

    great! thanks a lot
     

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