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Good interface to use?

Post by Elpelotero » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:00 pm

Hey all,

I want to get an entry level recording interface. Looking to spend no more than $300 or so.

I like the Digidesign Mbox that brings ProTools LE, but it only gets up to 48khz. Is there anything similarly packaged that can get me to about 96khz? thanks
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Post by gonzo » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:52 am

ART DPS

has dual 'psuedo' tube preamps, and a digital convertor section that is basically a ART D/IO

i bought mine for $219, and used it for the digital convertor to record an entire album with...

it aint a lucid, but you said 300 bucks...

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Post by Platypus » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:22 pm

Mackie Onyx Satellite

Uses the Onyx Preamps and has a portable walkaround unit as well as a docking station.. 24bit/96khz firewire.. the thing is an absolute steal, used to be 500 now they're 199 at musicians friend. Sounds fantastic.

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Post by Elpelotero » Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:41 pm

thanks guys..I'll look into all of these. Any more suggestions are welcome.
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Post by ToneAddictJon » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:12 am

I picked up a PreSonus Firebox and it works really well. Pretty straight forward compared to some other interfaces I've used, and it has some great sounding preamps in it.
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Post by ytse_jam » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:18 am

Focusrite Saffire LE seems good

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Post by Strategy500 » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:21 pm

I use the PreSonus firebox as well. Been using it for just over 2 years now without any problems. It has decent preamps (for the price) and is easy to use and set up. I also use a FMR RNP preamp along with it when I need more gain out of the preamps. But the firebox comes with Cubase le software too, so you're pretty much ready to roll right out of the box.

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Post by dmt » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:31 am

Ive been thinking of getting a firestudio for some time now, but I prefer to have an actual mixer to play with rather than a mouse. I know there is a control station that allows you to scroll through the tracks, but is there a better way to set up?

I basically want a real mixer with good preamps that I can record 8 tracks to computer. I come from the analog (4 track) world, and I'm used to using Cooledit pro 2.1 for digital.

Any suggestions?

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Post by nomad100hd » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:30 pm

I use the firepod which was the firebox's big brother.
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Post by phyrexia » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:13 pm

TonePort UX2 is pretty cool, easy to use, works well for me. Might not be good enough for what you guys are doing, but it has a POD built in too and it was perfect for me. If i bought it again I'd get the one with a midi controller.
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Post by eltrain858 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:18 pm

dmt wrote:I basically want a real mixer with good preamps that I can record 8 tracks to computer. I come from the analog (4 track) world, and I'm used to using Cooledit pro 2.1 for digital.

Any suggestions?
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Post by Charlie » Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:46 pm

eltrain858 wrote:
dmt wrote:I basically want a real mixer with good preamps that I can record 8 tracks to computer. I come from the analog (4 track) world, and I'm used to using Cooledit pro 2.1 for digital.

Any suggestions?
http://forum.grailtone.com/viewtopic.php?t=21185
Just be aware - I don't think that thing functions as a control surface. It does look sweet though I'm thinking of getting one soon to make live demos of my band.
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Post by thinskin57 » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:51 pm

i've heard more than one pro in industry magazine interviews state that you don't REALLY need 96K. it sucks up more storage space and can be more taxing on your computer, potentially slowing things down. having said that though, if you've got tons of storage space and a powerful computer, then go for it. just remember- put the music first. 96K won't turn an average song into a gem.

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Post by eltrain858 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:09 am

thinskin57 wrote:i've heard more than one pro in industry magazine interviews state that you don't REALLY need 96K. it sucks up more storage space and can be more taxing on your computer, potentially slowing things down. having said that though, if you've got tons of storage space and a powerful computer, then go for it. just remember- put the music first. 96K won't turn an average song into a gem.
i've heard the same thing.. it all ends up at 44.1k on a cd anyway...
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