What to choose? usb interface 4 guitar rec.

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by flanger, May 28, 2005.

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  1. flanger

    flanger Guest

    Hello Everybody!

    I've been looking for hours and hours to choose an audio interface and a midi keyboard...
    I think i will choose the O2 by Midiman but i need advice to choose the audio interface...
    I would like to record guitar tracks without any preamp. Which one do you recommend from this site?
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    I m looking for the most cheapest one... :roll:


    I've found this Edirol PCR1.. seems like it has got everything what i need but i dont know about that built-in audio interface for the guitar without preamp..
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  2. flanger

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  3. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Active Member

    Sep 26, 2003
    Aurora, ON, Canada
    USB interface

    I'm going to make a couple of suggestions that aren't an "all-in-one" solution.

    M-Audio's version would be the Audiophile Pre that has 2 channels of mic pres plus an instrument input. http://www.m-audio.com

    If you think you might be using microphones at all in the future (acoustic guitar maybe?) I would suggest that you take a look at the Edirol UA-25. It's a 2-channel USB 1.1 interface with a Hi-Z guitar input. It's had quite a few good reviews and Edirol is going to start bundling the new Sonar LE with it in June. The UA-25 can be powered by the USB port on your lap-top if that's important to you. http://www.edirol.com/products/info/ua25.html

    Something a bit more involved would be the Lexicon Omega system that comes bundled with Cubase LE. It also has an instrument-in plus more channels than the Edirol and it sports DBX mic preamps. It's a pretty neat machine. I looked at it seriously myself before I got my Edirol DA-2496


    For the keyboard (playing soft synths?) why not just get an inexpensive USB MIDI interface and a used keyboard controller. I have an older 49-key Roland PC-200 that I've used for years and it is my keyboard for my rackmount synths. I've seen some go for very inexpensive prices on Ebay etc. A 16 or 32 channel MIDI interface and then you're in business.

    I can understand the allure of the "all-in-one" interface / preamp / controllers but you are limited by the keyboard size and the additional shift functions or editing to get at higher and lower notes. I think you can put something together cheaper with just as much flexibility and better quality for the same or less $$ if you choose separate components. USB MIDI interfaces are under $70 now and vocals are usually required at some time or another which is why I recommend something with mic pres in it.

    I guess it depends if portability is important or not. There, now you have even more to consider !!
  4. flanger

    flanger Guest

    Re: USB interface


    I've read the features of UA-25 and M-Audio Audiophile... their prices are very similar but seems like the UA-25 is little bit better.
    I'm going to check some reviews and i will choose one of them. :lol:
    I can't choose the Lexicon Omega because of the price but I know it would be the perfect one.

    Keyboard, yes it is for playing soft synths and melodies... the portability and the light weight is important so I will check more products.

    Thanks your opinion!

    Best Regards,


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