Live Soundcard Suggestions - 8outs??

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by progresschrome, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Hi,

    I need a soundcard to use live that will allow me to have a stereo click track in my in-ears as well as outputs to run backing tracks, vst samplers and vst instruments.

    Specs:
    - 8 1/4" outputs
    - One MIDI In/Out
    - One assignable headphone jack
    - No inputs needed.

    Suggestions? This will get heavy use for tons of touring. It will be used on a MacBook Pro running Leopard.

    thanks!
     
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

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    A laptop...so you need it to be either USB or Firewire.
    Do macs have a PCMCIA slot? You could get a box which connects via a breakout cable.

    This doesn't really limit your choices, 80% of interfaces are non-PCI anyway.
     
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    I don't know of a reasonably-priced interface that has 8 DAC outputs, an assignable headphone amp and no inputs. There are high-cost ones, but I honestly think you would be better off getting an interface that has some ADC ins, 8 DAC outs and monitoring, and simply not using the inputs.

    The RME Fireface800 fits the bill perfectly. The Presonus FireStudio or MOTU Traveler Mk 3 could well also do what you want if you were prepared to use a separate MIDI interface.
     
  4. http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/traveler-mk3 has midi api. neve are great, also check out the mr816.
     
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Oh, right. Those must be the connectors on the side panel of the unit that are inaccessible when rack mounted.
     

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