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post Feb 23 2017, 06:11 PM
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My M audio Fastrack pro has seen better days, so looking for a new audio interface. I'm just starting a new recording project to get some motivation.

Now as far as I can see I only need 2 inputs, for when I record vocals and guitar at once (usually scratch tracks) and don't see that I need more than 2 outputs for stereo, as the only hardware I use is the Axe Fx and I don't think I'll go down the route of re-amping.

One thing I didn't like with the M-audio is if I tried using a guitar amp plug in I'd always hear the un-effected sound as well as the effected one, something to do with the monitoring so one that had more options if I decide to use some software amps would be nice. And something faster than USB 1 seeing as it's 2017.

I've used the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 which should do the trick. Any others?


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post Feb 23 2017, 06:19 PM
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Except for 1 member here (had driver problems and returned the unit) focusrite seems to be still the safest choice. To give an option, I noticed the audent iD14 looks promising but haven't met anyone using it yet;

https://audient.com/products/audio-interfac.../id14-overview/

Its a solid company, jfet input can be interesting for guitar players and among other things the converters seem to be a step better than what focusrite offers.

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post Feb 23 2017, 07:36 PM
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Thats a fine interface smile.gif In that price range it's one of the better units you can get. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE SECOND GENERATION VERSION. They look a LOT like the first gen but have better processing, lower latency, and USB 2.0

https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-A...WWSA5BQEDR4HJA3

QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 23 2017, 01:11 PM) *
My M audio Fastrack pro has seen better days, so looking for a new audio interface. I'm just starting a new recording project to get some motivation.

Now as far as I can see I only need 2 inputs, for when I record vocals and guitar at once (usually scratch tracks) and don't see that I need more than 2 outputs for stereo, as the only hardware I use is the Axe Fx and I don't think I'll go down the route of re-amping.

One thing I didn't like with the M-audio is if I tried using a guitar amp plug in I'd always hear the un-effected sound as well as the effected one, something to do with the monitoring so one that had more options if I decide to use some software amps would be nice. And something faster than USB 1 seeing as it's 2017.

I've used the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 which should do the trick. Any others?



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post Feb 23 2017, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Feb 23 2017, 06:36 PM) *
Thats a fine interface smile.gif In that price range it's one of the better units you can get. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE SECOND GENERATION VERSION. They look a LOT like the first gen but have better processing, lower latency, and USB 2.0

https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-A...WWSA5BQEDR4HJA3


The first Gen has USB 2 too. Also if you are using hardware fx straight into the Scarlett you can turn record monitoring off in your DAW and just listen to the guitar directly thus completely avoiding any latency, if you do this you can look for a good deal on a 1st gen Scarlett. I have one and I love it.

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That link shared by Todd is the best option in that price range. Then, on a higher level you have Focusrite Clarett but it's much more expensive.


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I forgot I need Midi as well so that means the 2i4, looking around for nearly half the price is the Presonus AudioBox iTwo.

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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 24 2017, 05:10 AM) *
I forgot I need Midi as well so that means the 2i4, looking around for nearly half the price is the Presonus AudioBox iTwo.



What midi device are you using? Most of midi stuff works via USB nowadays.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 24 2017, 12:50 PM) *
What midi device are you using? Most of midi stuff works via USB nowadays.


I've an old midi keyboard controller and Axe Fx Ultra uses it to back up presets and to use the computer app.

Looking around and checking other forums the Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD looks pretty good and only €85. I know they have stepped up their game in the past few years


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post Feb 24 2017, 02:23 PM
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From what I know, Focusrite Scarlett has midi in/out, and I think that it's the best choice because of the quality of its preamps and conversor.

https://global.focusrite.com/scarlett-2i4

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post Feb 24 2017, 09:39 PM
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I'm with gabe here smile.gif The SCARLETT is just a great unit with nice preamps. The Behringer unit is certainly cheaper, but it's not an accident. They use cheaper preamps and bits so they can charge a bit less. It comes down to budget at some point though, so you can only spend what you can spend. The behringer unit will do the job, so if that is what fits the budget, then thats the one to get smile.gif But if budget allows, I'd say get get scarlett. I think the scarlett comes with a couple of free plugins as well. You can always get a usb to midi adapter for about 25 bucks, so it doesn't have to be part of your interface. smile.gif

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 24 2017, 09:23 AM) *
From what I know, Focusrite Scarlett has midi in/out, and I think that it's the best choice because of the quality of its preamps and conversor.

https://global.focusrite.com/scarlett-2i4


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post Feb 24 2017, 11:28 PM
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I'm currently using the Behringer 204 (non-hd version) smile.gif The drivers work great, the preamps are good...but thats about it biggrin.gif

The mix knob sucks some high-mids in the middle, the output of headphone and monitors are a bit lower than my previous soundcard and the converters to my ears aren't any better than the motherboards mic. input. It also seems not so good on low latency recording though my previous soundcard was firewire so I might be spoiled.

I have it temporary as I got it for a very good price from a friend but eventually it will go...


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