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minnechuk 2009-08-13 19:34

Audio Interface Suggestions >>>>Updated<<<<
Hello all,
I'm looking for input on what are the most popular audio interface devices being used out there.
I am considering a LINE 6 POD Studio UX2, but it seems "guitar centric" if such a word exists.
I am new to home audio recording and would definately consider myself an amatuer. Even so, I am generally very technically competent with computers. I would like to spend $100 - $300 for the device and wonder whether a USB or Firewire interface is better. I have both. I'll be recording a variety of instruments and vocals. One notable item is a set of Roland electronic drums with a midi interface.
Also, "I'm a PC"
I would be grateful for your input, even if it is only to list the device you use.
Thanks all.
Chief Minnechuk

>>>>UPDATE<<<< - 8/25/2009
Thanks to all who offered suggestions and insights in my quest for an Audio Interface. Just exploring your various suggestions gave me a real education.

Today I purchased an Alesis IO14 Audio Interface for $117.00 on ebay. Its got a Firewire Interface, MIDI, and a couple of inputs. It also has a slew of features that I don't yet fully understand. Unfortunately, it's not a unit that anyone suggested here in the forum. Instead, my choice is the fruit of the various avenues I explored as a result of your suggestions. I just hope it's not a piece of junk - someone tell me it's not junk.

Anyway... I appreciate all of your input. Quincy Jones... look out.
Thanks all.

Chief Minnechuk.

neoverse 2009-08-13 19:42

I have an apogee duet ( and am very happy with it.

minnechuk 2009-08-13 20:21

Thanks. I'll check it out.

minnechuk 2009-08-13 20:36

I looked it over. Nice, but unfortunately MAC only. I'm a PC. Thanks anyway for your input.

seeren 2009-08-14 00:37

These guys just had an article with a bunch of different ones.

mattias800 2009-08-14 01:14

Line6 is awesome, but does not have MIDI ports, which might be worth mentioning.

minnechuk 2009-08-14 01:27

Thanks. Very useful. The article is titled "36 Audio Interfaces Under $1000". The reviewer doesn't offer a lot of personal insights, but does group them by certain characteristics such as interface type, cost, number of connections, etc. He also provides links to the product pages on Amazon where other reviewers (usually owners) leave their comments. I'm starting to look more closely at the "Tascam US144 USB 2.0 Audio and MIDI Interface" 'cause it's got a groovy MIDI interface (for my drums) too.
Thanks for your post.
Chief Minnechuk

minnechuk 2009-08-14 01:50

Thanks for the tip. Thanks to this forum, I'm getting hip to the combination Audio Interface / Midi Interface combo. I found another of interest the "Edirol UA-4FX USB Audio/MIDI Interface" for less than $150 and 4+ stars by owners.

Chief Minnechuk.

mattias800 2009-08-14 02:02

I've had that one, sounded really good, but you cannot control monitors/line out and headphones separately which was a deal breaker for me.

marcus00 2009-08-14 04:22

I just ordered the Audio Kontrol 1. It hasn't arrived yet so I can't offer any personal insight, but it seems to have a lot of functionality for the price. Plus, if you order now, you get an NI synth free (I'll be ordering Massive).

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