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post Aug 28 2009, 05:12 AM
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I am in the market for a mid-range recorder to correspond with my Macbook and Logic Pro. The only stipulation would be that it is USB, as I got the Macbook without firewire. Any ideas would be a great help!

On a side note: I know there are a lot of nationalities represented at GMC and was wondering if anyone knew of any music gear distributors that will ship to South Korea. I am in the Air Force and will be stationed there for a year.


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post Aug 28 2009, 05:29 AM
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QUOTE (fatstrat @ Aug 27 2009, 10:12 PM) *
I am in the market for a mid-range recorder to correspond with my Macbook and Logic Pro. The only stipulation would be that it is USB, as I got the Macbook without firewire. Any ideas would be a great help!

On a side note: I know there are a lot of nationalities represented at GMC and was wondering if anyone knew of any music gear distributors that will ship to South Korea. I am in the Air Force and will be stationed there for a year.


Do you mean something to use to record your guitar into your DAW? There are lots of choices for that. The Pandora Px5d does that and a lot more, or you could go with cheaper things like a Tapco USB, or an Edirol (Boss) is nice.

If you mean a standalone recording device that transfers via USB, I know the Boss BR-600 is an 8 track recorder that connects via USB, and there are many others.

Also I'm sure any of the big chains, Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, ZZsounds will ship to military anwhere.


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post Aug 28 2009, 08:55 AM
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QUOTE (fatstrat @ Aug 28 2009, 06:12 AM) *
I am in the market for a mid-range recorder to correspond with my Macbook and Logic Pro. The only stipulation would be that it is USB, as I got the Macbook without firewire. Any ideas would be a great help!

On a side note: I know there are a lot of nationalities represented at GMC and was wondering if anyone knew of any music gear distributors that will ship to South Korea. I am in the Air Force and will be stationed there for a year.


Get the Apple Apogee One. Brand new, USB, built in microphone. The only downside is that it doesnt have MIDI.

Its supposed to have great sound quality and the mic is supposed to be good aswell. The Apogee Duo is a great soundcard, the Apogee One should be as good soundwise.

http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/one.php

EDIT: I just read up some more. You can only record one channel at a time and it doesnt have both speaker and headphone outputs as far as I could tell. Its still supposedly a great device and it looks awesome too smile.gif

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post Aug 28 2009, 10:19 AM
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Maybe something like this: http://line6.com/podstudioux1/index.html

I have it on PC and its very good and easy to use (I record lessons with it). It supports Macs too, just look up the system specs of it. Its very handy for guitars recording (and Mic - vocals) as it has a POD Farm software included which is like Guitar Rig 3 - you get all the different amps/cabs simulators in it for recording good guitar tone.


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post Aug 28 2009, 04:42 PM
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Thanks for the help! I just checked out Musician's Friend and they will ship priority to Korea. The Apogee One isn't available as of yet, but looks like a great little piece of hardware. The demo sounded like professional studio work!


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QUOTE (fatstrat @ Aug 28 2009, 05:42 PM) *
Thanks for the help! I just checked out Musician's Friend and they will ship priority to Korea. The Apogee One isn't available as of yet, but looks like a great little piece of hardware. The demo sounded like professional studio work!



Hmm sounds good! I didn't know they shipped internationally!


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post Aug 28 2009, 08:08 PM
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What's your actual budget man?


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post Aug 29 2009, 02:53 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 28 2009, 03:08 PM) *
What's your actual budget man?


It's probably under $300. I just need something that'll handle being on the road.


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That Apogee seems awfully pricey for what it is. Many of the the line6 pods and even the Behringer USB interfaces are cheaper. However, it depends on the usage I guess. I'm all for buying the better one, as I've often been nipped by the "Buy cheap, buy twice!" rule of life, but in Canada, that's 300 bucks for a USB audio interface? Seems like it should be less. But what do I know?


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post Aug 29 2009, 04:10 PM
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How about the Guitar Rig Session?
I've been using that and it works quite well!
Small and USB. Good quality converters too!


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post Aug 31 2009, 02:54 PM
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Since it is for mac, two companies come to my mind: M-Audio and Digidesign.

The devices that fit perfectly into your budget are:

M-Audio Fasttrack Pro (200$)



specs:
* 4x4 24-bit/96kHz audio interface
* Two front panel mic/instrument preamp inputs (XLR)
* Two balanced outputs (1/4" TRS)
* 4 unbalanced outputs (RCA)
* 2x2 S/PDIF digital I/O
* 1x1 MIDI I/O with activity LEDs
* 1 Headphone output (1/4" TRS)
* Mac and PC compatible; class-compliant with Mac OS 10.3.9 and higher

Digidesing MBox 2 Mini (300$)



specs:
* Professional sound quality (up to 24-bit/48 kHz)
* Two simultaneous analog inputs and outputs
* One XLR analog input for connecting a microphone
* Two 1/4" line-/instrument-level (DI) analog inputs for connecting guitars, basses, keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines, and more
* Zero-latency monitoring
* Compact, rugged metal enclosure for maximum portability and durability
* Powered by USB (USB 1.1 connection, cable included)
* Front-panel volume control and monitor mute switch
* Two 1/4" analog monitor outputs
* Stereo headphone output
* 48-volt phantom power
* Kensington Security Lock

Both devices will work just fine. With MBox you get ProTools bundled and lots of effects and plugins so you can start working right away. The only problem is that it doesn't have MIDI input, but this device is directly compatible with Mac, and it would be my choice simple because it is ultra mobile, and excellently bundled with software.

The M-Audio card would be a good choice if you are on a tight budget. It offers better features then MBox, but you don't have ProTools and bundled software, which is a major drawback. It is however compatible with Mac, and you can use ProTools if you buy one. If you already have some DAW that you are used to, then this could be a good option.



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post Aug 31 2009, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for the help Ivan! I didn't realize that I had so many options! Now...which one to choose? smile.gif


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Well my choice would be MBox. It's small, ultra portable and you get ProTools and amazing bundle, check out the list:

Included Virtual Instruments and Audio Content:

* Boom drum machine and sequencer
* DB-33 tonewheel organ emulator with rotating speaker simulation
* Mini Grand acoustic grand piano
* Vacuum monophonic vacuum tube synthesizer
* Xpand!2 multitimbral synth and sample workstation
* Structure Free sample player (RTAS)
* FXpansion BFD Lite acoustic drum module
* 8GB of loops from Big Fish Audio
* M-Audio Torq LE DJ Software


Included Bomb Factory Plug-ins:

* BF76 Compressor
* BF Essential Clip Remover
* BF Essential Correlation Meter
* BF Essential Meter Bridge
* BF Essential Noise Meter


Included Effects, Sound-Processing, and Utility Plug-ins:

* 1-Band EQ III
* 4-Band EQ III
* 7-Band EQ III
* AIR Chorus
* AIR Distortion
* AIR Dynamic Delay
* AIR Enhancer
* AIR Ensemble
* AIR Filter Gate
* AIR Flanger
* AIR Frequency Shifter
* AIR FuzzWah
* AIR KillEQ
* AIR Lo-Fi
* AIR MultiChorus
* AIR Multi-Delay
* AIR Nonlinear Reverb
* AIR Phaser
* AIR Reverb
* AIR Spring Reverb
* AIR StereoWidth
* AIR Talkbox
* AIR Vintage Filter
* Celemony Melodyne Essential
* Chorus
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* Compressor/Limiter
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* DC Offset Removal
* De-Esser
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* DigiReWire
* Dither
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* Eleven Free
* Expander/Gate
* Extra Long Delay II
* Flanger
* Gain
* Invert
* Lo-Fi
* Long Delay II
* Maxim
* Medium Delay II
* Multi-Tap Delay
* Normalize
* Ping-Pong Delay
* Pitch
* Pitch Shift
* POWr Dither
* Recti-Fi
* Reverse
* SansAmp
* Sci-Fi
* Signal Generator
* Short Delay II
* Slap Delay II
* Time Compression Expansion
* Time Shift
* TL AutoPan
* TL InTune
* TL MasterMeter
* TL Metro
* Trim
* Vari-Fi


if you ask me, this is more than enough to get you started. It does cost more than Fasttrack pro but if 2 channel interface is all you need, and you want to use ProTools platform it is the right choice.


However, if you want to use some other DAW (that you have to buy), and other plugs (also have to buy them), you can choose some other interface as well.


Another good interface to choose is EMU 0404USB, it also features a great software bundle.



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If you want to use PT instead of Logic then M-Audio. However as you already have Logic then you may be better looking at an alternative that isn't as orientated at PT.

Mac wise Apogee - as already mentioned - are good. Part of the cost with Apogee is that they usually use very good (for this price bracket) AD/DA converters which give much better audio quality but cost more. However make sure that the Apogee has enough i/o for you - I think some of their entry stuff is pretty limited in this respect. Otherwise MOTU make quite a lot of well respected audio interfaces compatible with Macs, including a few USB2 ones.


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