Recording Interface Help/Suggestions

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by nickcaroth1, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. nickcaroth1

    nickcaroth1 Guest

    Hi Guys, I'm relativly new to the world of audio recording (and this forum) and I'm trying to avoid as many expensive mistakes as possible haha. I have a pretty simple setup running Ableton Live thru my iMac. I have an old Tascam USB interface and I'm wonder what to replace it with.

    I'm recording guitar, bass and keys and I'm basically unsure of what I need. I'm loooking for a quality USB interface that isn't too expensive. I don't need to do a lot of fancy things, just looking for a good sound for recording these instruments direct.

    I've read that I also need a DI box and a passive Radial JDI looks decent to me. People seem to associate DI's with bass, so I'm not sure what applies to guitar and keys. Waves has a pretty inexpensive new PRS guitar interface. I'm not sure if that's the type of thing I need.

    So basically I'm pretty cluless and would greatly appreciate any help anyone has on these matters. There maybe essential gear that I'm not even considering, so suggestions are definetly welcome!

  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Guitar -> Amp with SM57 in front of it. Move it around a tiny bit and you can't go wrong.

    Keys -> DI box.

    You could DI a guitar but, very few like the sound of line outs.
  3. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    The Waves PRS DI is kind of marketed for their GTR Software. I've never used the software, but it looks pretty neat. I'm assuming it's more for people who want flexibility/something different, or can't physically mic a cabinet due to space constraints or neighbors.

    You can get the software without the hardware, I think.
  4. nickcaroth1

    nickcaroth1 Guest

    Yeah, at this point i have to record direct due to roomates/neighbors. I do have the GTR3 software actually, just not the interface. I'm wondering if the waves PRS DI (they dont call it a DI but im assuming thats what it is) would be my best bet. Its certainly affordable at $90!
    I'm still not sure what kind of recording interface I should get.
    I appreciate any more suggestions, thanks!

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