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Old 09-18-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Looking for a very specific Audio Interface

Hi guys, i am searching for an audio interface that comes with 3 to 4 Hi-Z inputs, as well as a couple phantom powered XLR inputs.

Preferably Usb.

Usually even interfaces on the 1000 euro price range only come with 2 instrument inputs. I do not want to get a Di box or any more external gear.

Any jewel out there? Mid Price Range : 500 Euros
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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Sweet, thanks a lot. I have been googling around and finding mixed reviews, lots of people complaining about noises, cracks and the thing i hate the most since i use windows: bad drivers.

So far i think i have found a good deal:
The Motu 8pre.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Just curious... but why exactly do you need 3-4 instrument (Hi-Z) inputs?
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:49 AM   #5
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Just curious... but why exactly do you need 3-4 instrument (Hi-Z) inputs?


I record Guitars and Bass mostly individually using Vsti's. I can live with the workflow block that having to plug and unplug implies, but this is not the best experience when i want to record or jam with others. In this i want to fire up 3 instances of Guitar Rig, 2 guitars as well as 1 bass and record simultaneosly. I plan to do this more frequently. And for that i need those 3-4 inputs.

Another motivator is that i believe my workflow would also benefit a lot from having three dedicated guitar inputs with 3 different guitar tunings and setups, as well as the dedicated bass input. Plug and Play
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:57 AM   #6
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:32 AM   #7
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Get a used Liquid Saffire 56 or a Mackie Onyx Blackbird and use the money left to get a firewire card.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:51 AM   #8
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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8.

No. Not what i am asking for in the initial post. I thought i was clear.
This has only 2 Hi-Z.

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Get a used Liquid Saffire 56 or a Mackie Onyx Blackbird and use the money left to get a firewire card.


NO. The Liquid 56 has only 2 Hi-Z, the bs descrpition of the Blackbird does not even explicitly say how many, but judging by the picture it has only 2.
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18i8, plus 2 DI boxes.


This is honestly going to be your best option as most interfaces don't have more than 2 Hi-Z inputs out of the box. The 8pre doesn't have any Hi-Z inputs on it so you'd still have to buy 4 DI boxes anyways (plus the Windows drivers are meh since MOTU has developed mainly for Mac up until recently). I've heard the AKAI drivers have gotten better but Focusrite pretty much shits on everything so the quality of the 18i8 is going to be way better (Just ask the large majority of us who use Focusrite gear).
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This is honestly going to be your best option as most interfaces don't have more than 2 Hi-Z inputs out of the box. The 8pre doesn't have any Hi-Z inputs on it so you'd still have to buy 4 DI boxes anyways (plus the Windows drivers are meh since MOTU has developed mainly for Mac up until recently). I've heard the AKAI drivers have gotten better but Focusrite pretty much shits on everything so the quality of the 18i8 is going to be way better (Just ask the large majority of us who use Focusrite gear).


I thought judging by the description and the reviews online that all of the old 8pre and the new 8pre Inputs were hybrid Instr/Mic/XLR. At least people are plugin guitars directly and treating them like Hi-Z's. This gets me 8 Hi-Z's which saves me the hassle of getting 3-4 DI Boxes and a bunch of cables. The part about the drivers being bad worries me, what exactly do you mean by meh? So far i have only read about problems with Firewire drivers.

So you guys would say that Focusrite is the best choice for windows - drivers wise ?

Edit: Ok Confirmed by the manual
8 Hi-Z, wether they have the actual impedance i dont know...
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:24 PM   #12
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With anybody who recommended a Focusrite Scarlett, I completely agree. I have this one:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...CFYmf4AodD0kADA
And holy poop it's awesome. Simple, and yet so very effective. And it was like $500 in the States!
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:16 PM   #13
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Ok ok i must admit the Scarlett looks beatiful and so promising.
I am seriously considering it. any DI Box you guys recommend?
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