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Old 08-09-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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How are there not more threads on this?

I am one guy, recording 1 guitar many times for a few tracks using a DAW - therefore all I need is a single input interface right? A huge chunk of hobby recorders on this forum will be like me, therefore they only need one input on their interface for a microphone (in my case a Shure sm57). My point is it seems like all the high quality/more expensive interfaces have many more inputs and stuff I don't want. I've got some cheap 50
Fast track single input thing which seems to be quite low quality.


Are there no single input, high quality interfaces?
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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Because they just don't make them.

Also if you'd read the interfaces sticky you'd know, that as with everything, quality doesn't come cheap. Even if there WAS a single input version of the 2i4 or something, it'd still be more than 50.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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Are there no single input, high quality interfaces?

No. And what Chem said.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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Apogee One - high quality, one-input interface. It's what you'd want, but it's also $350 and Mac-only, so there you go.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:59 AM   #5
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Clearly the cost of the components etc does not scale well enough to make a single-input interface cheap enough to compete.

Although you'd have one less preamp to worry about, everything else in the interface (AD/DA converters, outputs, casing, switches, knobs, USB circuitry,driver development etc) still costs the same amount. So you might only be looking at a small reduction in cost, and nobody's going to bother buying that when the dual-input version is maybe a tenner more.

If you want an interface for 50, just find a used one on Gumtree or something.

There are also a few interfaces around the 70 mark (Alesis Multimix 4 USB / iO2 / iO Hub, Tascam US122, Yamaha Audiogram 3 etc) although I'd probably skip those and go straight to the slighter better ones (Steinberg UR22 is great for 100).



Personally I'd spend more money on the interface and less on the mic - the SM57 is overpriced in the UK and frankly it's nothing special anyway. If you got a Prodipe TT1, Blue Encore 100i or Audix i5 instead, it'd save you quite a bit of money without sacrificing quality.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:53 AM   #6
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They don't really make them because it doesn't make much sense to only have one channel of AD conversion and two channels of DA. Aside from a small few, interfaces always come with inputs in multiples of two.
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There are actually plenty of great 2 channel interfaces. Just do a google search. Focusrite, Apogee, M-Audio and others all make small, capable interfaces for a few hundred dollars. If you're specifically looking for a single-input device, they don't make those because it's easy enough to just add an extra preamp (because stereo recording is important).
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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Sorry some of you misunderstood me, I didn't mean I wanted to buy one for 50, I just said I have one which costs 50. It also seems that I meant two channel instead of single channel (if what you're telling me is there's no such thing as a single channel)

Since you've answered my question, could I have a recommendation based on the needs I've listed? Thanks. Absolute maximum around 400, but I'd rather spend a lot less.

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The standard recommendation we go with here is the Saffire 6 / Scarlett 2i4 from Focusrite, check out the Interfaces sticky for more info.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:53 PM   #10
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Are there no single input, high quality interfaces?


What about dual-input?

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/L22/

Lynx is right up there with Apogee, Avalon, Universal Audio, etc. as far as "this stuff is the business" brand names go.

Your budget is about 400 pounds, so this seems about right in the ballpark.

The only thing is, you'll need to buy a separate preamp/s to feed into it.

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The standard recommendation we go with here is the Saffire 6 / Scarlett 2i4 from Focusrite, check out the Interfaces sticky for more info.


I researched the 2i4, it has more inputs than I need and records 96khz, 24bit.
My cheapy records at 48Khz, 16bit. But surely 48Khz is more than enough for recording guitar, so are there no other figures which can sell this to me? I want a measure of quality.

EDIT: I meant my cheapy records 24 bit.

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24 bit vs 16 bit should be enough to show that

The preamps, DIs and conversion in the Focusrite are, no doubt, better than your cheap interface, too.
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24 bit vs 16 bit should be enough to show that

The preamps, DIs and conversion in the Focusrite are, no doubt, better than your cheap interface, too.


Sorry I meant 24 bit.

I realize that the focusrite preamps will be better, but is there no figure you can tell me or technology it has to represent this quality?
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Not really. It might show a higher frequency range or noise shelf, but its kinda hard to characterize how good something will sound with numbers...
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:04 PM   #15
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http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlett2i4/

Read the specs and all of the description. Find the specs on your 'cheapy' and compare the two.

As for a measurable difference in quality? Let your ears determine that.
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Read the specs and all of the description. Find the specs on your 'cheapy' and compare the two.

As for a measurable difference in quality? Let your ears determine that.


My ears would only be able to determine that if I bought it though, listening to recordings done by other people would be completely different as they could be recording in a completely different environment with pro acoustic treatment.
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My ears would only be able to determine that if I bought it though, listening to recordings done by other people would be completely different as they could be recording in a completely different environment with pro acoustic treatment.

Yep. Make sure to buy from places with great return policies, like Sweetwater or MF/GC. Then if it isn't to your liking after a week or two of heavy use (give yourself a few days to get used to a new piece of gear) then return it.
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Yep. Make sure to buy from places with great return policies, like Sweetwater or MF/GC. Then if it isn't to your liking after a week or two of heavy use (give yourself a few days to get used to a new piece of gear) then return it.

This.

Honestly, we can give you all the specs and opinions you want, but you still may not like how it sounds. Music is such a subjective industry. I'd try one out and return it if you don't like it.
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I am one guy, recording 1 guitar many times for a few tracks using a DAW - therefore all I need is a single input interface right? A huge chunk of hobby recorders on this forum will be like me, therefore they only need one input on their interface for a microphone (in my case a Shure sm57). My point is it seems like all the high quality/more expensive interfaces have many more inputs and stuff I don't want. I've got some cheap 50
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Are there no single input, high quality interfaces?

Better to have an interface with inputs you don't need than find yourself in a situation where you don't have enough.
Even if right now you don't think you will ever need more than one input, you don't know what the future will bring and it would suck to find in six months time that you actually have a situation in which you need four.

I am thankful that before I bought an interface someone said that to me. Initially my line of thinking was exactly as yours was - I only need one or two inputs so I can record my guitar.

A couple years later and I am so glad I have 12 inputs. I have never used 12 but knowing they are there is good and I have used four at once - just to record a single guitar on my own. Other times I have had friends over and we have all plugged in and jammed together. Doing that through a single microphone??? - no thanks.
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