USB/Firewire Audio Interface.

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Unregistered, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Looking for the best value one of these.

    I have a 2011 macbook pro and am looking for an interface to use, opinions on best value with phantom power for inputs?

    I've heard to stay away from prosonus and m-audio is OK but not much else, and advice will be helpful.
    For use with an SM58 for vocals.
    Also for recording guitar.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    What's your budget? Will you need more than two channels?

    I don't know what you've heard about Presonus, since they make some good pre-amps, but maybe nothing that would suit your requirement. Another make you should look at is Audient, in particular their Mico, which is an excellent two-channel pre-amp with built-in ADC. I have used a Mico to go via optical S/PDIF directly into a Macbook Pro, and this combination forms a very compact high-quality arrangement. The Mico can be used either for two microphones (with phantom power) or one microphone and a DI input for guitar. I believe the 2011 Macbook Pro (with Thunderbolt) still has the optical I/O as the specs continue to say "digital/analog" for the line input and output, but you would have to check this.

    I'm assuming you are planning to get a condenser mic in the future, as phantom power is not needed for your SM58.

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