Best interface for $300?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Roflcopterrr, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Roflcopterrr

    Roflcopterrr Guest

    Hello all, I'm setting up a DAW, and I need to know.. what's the best audio interface I can get for $300? I'm looking at the firebox, but i'm seeing reviews that complain that the preamp on it is junk. I'm also looking at the M-Audio Firewire 410... Can anyone help me?
  2. hummel

    hummel Guest

    1) There is no such thing as the 'best' interface. You need to consider what your needs are going to be and then find a unit which will meet those needs. For example, how many mics will you want to record simultaneously? If you need more the two, you will have to look at different interface than if you only need one mic (e.g. the ones you mention only have two pre-amps while the Alesis IO|14 or IO|26 have 4 and 8 respectively). If you intend to use a dynamic mic (e.g. the SM57) for quieter signals, then the pre-amps on most (if not, all) $300 interfaces will not do well. Do you need ADAT? What about turntable jacks? Do you want to use Firewire, USB or PCI? and so on.

    2) The pre-amps on the Firebox are far from 'junk'. Many people get excellent recordings from it. Assuming that you have a suitable computer and an appropriate TI firewire card and that the card's features match your needs, you could do much worse than buying a Firebox.

    3) The sound quality of most $300 units is going to be generally similar. You need to move into a higher price bracket before you will find a big difference.
  3. Roflcopterrr

    Roflcopterrr Guest

    I'll be using MAYBE an MXL v63m... Firewire is preferred, I will just be recording vocals and guitar.
  4. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Agree with hummel.

    Another one worth to look at:

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