questions about gear

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by danclax, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. danclax

    danclax Guest

    Hey guys

    I have some questions.

    1. Is firewire or usb better?
    2. Based on the question above, what is a good interface to get to use with my macbook pro?
    3. I have noticed that alot of the interfaces come with cubase or some other software, do I have to install this software on my computer if I am using garageband?
    4. My main goal in this is to record myself playing acoustic guitar and singing and at times I may record my band. This includes electronic drums, electric guitar, keyboard, acoustic guitar and vocals. If I did want to record my band live could I do this by running the signal straight out of the headphone port on the board into the interface and then into my laptop? If I cannot do this, Will the interface handle electronic drums and will my computer hand the signal also?

    The most I will record at one time is probably two tracks. (Acoustic guitar and vocals) I can spend around the 200-300. I can spend more than that but dont want to if I dont have to. I saw the apogee duet and read reviews and people love it but...

    5. Is it worth the money?

    Thanks for all the help. I need all of it that I can get.

  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    1) Depends. If you are talking 4 channels or less it doesn't matter necessarily. If you are talking 8 or more and/or higher sample rates then firewire is better. PCIe is best but of course that doesn't come on laptops.

    2) Depends on channel count, if you are stuck with DIGI and some other things.

    3) Lots of interfaces come with a lite version of DAW software. Protools is the only DAW that requires specific hardware. All the others work with nearly every other decent interface. You don't need to use them at all. Of course if you really get into audio recording you will move past Garage Band and want a real DAW.

    4) You will want a proper interface to do what you state. The onboard audio is not truly sufficient for your task. What the interface will handle depends on how much research you've done prior to purchase. Interfaces come in a plethora of flavors and designs. Just don't go cheap. It's always regretted no matter how much I'm argued with.

    5) Depends. It's not the only interface out there. Have you downloaded the Apogee manual and read up on it? Does it have the capabilities to handle all of the things you listed in question 4? Have you truly determined what the channel count is needed for each of those instruments?
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