billabob
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#1
Right, i am currently doing a little bit of recording at home to make demos for my band. However im getting a bit annoyed with not being able to get good quality recordings or drums.

Currently i am using this as an audio interface:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXLo-YQH6vY

Going strait into reaper and using amplitube 3 for guitar modulation.

The problem i have is i get kinda a clicking sound when playing single notes and there is a tiny amount of latency thats bugging the hell outta me.

I want a strait plug in and play set up with a midi controller to do my drums and sythn's and an audio interface to do guitar and bass.

I was looking at this as an interface:

http://www.andertons.co.uk/usb-interfaces/pid28547/cid712/avid-fast-track-duo-usb-audio-interface.asp

Mainly because it comes with protools and i though it would be good sound quality wise. I did'nt know whether the focus right equivalent would be better though?

Then i have no idea Which midi controller to get but i wanted to spend less than £250 on that if possible.

Also if anyone has any suggestions to if there are any better guitar sims that i can use other than amplitube that would be very much apreciated!
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#3
You don't need any kind of midi keyboard for drum sounds, the midi controller changes absolutely 0 of your sound, as all it does is sent trigger information to your pc, it doesn't actually make any sounds. What you need is a drum vsti that you can just draw in with your DAW'S midi editor. I'd recommend Steven Slate Custom for the cheapest quality option.
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billabob
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Hey thanks for the help, the focus right scarlett 2i4 interface does look good, i thought that the avid m box would be better tho as its more expensive and comes with pro tools?

I need the interface to be able to take a midi keyboard, guitar and bass inputs and have no latency to the mac with good quality pre amps.

I really want a midi keyboard however as it will not just be used for drums ill use it for a variety of other things too. So i just need recommendations as to which ones are good at under £250 if there are any?
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#5
Personally I have a little Axiom, great bits of kit and they do various sizes for various prices.

And no, honestly I think the M-Audio interfaces are crap and I'm not the only one. You'd probably be better off with a $60 copy of REAPER over what the crippled version of Pro Tools would give you anyway.
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mulefish
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Most people prefer the focusrite over the maudio. It's a fantastic unit for the price.

I also have an axiom... Does the job for me. Would also look at the novation impulse as an alternative. If you want just a keyboard maybe the maudio keystation would suffice.
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billabob
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#7
ok thansk for the help, i was leaning towards the avid but youve helped me see the light. ill go for a focusright but im not sure which one of these to get:


http://www.andertons.co.uk/usb-interfaces/pid25712/cid712/focusrite-scarlett-2i4-124-2-in-4-out-usb2-interface.asp

http://www.andertons.co.uk/condenser-mics/pid27345/cid752/focusrite-scarlett-studio-bundle-all-you-need-to-record-at-home.asp

I do need to be able to do vox recording aswell so i dont know wether its worth getting the bundle to be able to do everything! Only thing is i want the best audio interface i can just buy a mic at a later date...
ChemicalFire
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#8
As has been recently added to the Sticky, the 2i2 is next to useless for DI-ing guitars due to it's lack of input attenuator (or "pad".) So go with the 2i4.
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ChemicalFire
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If it helps, the Axiom's have built in mini drum pads.
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Quote by mulefish
Most people prefer the focusrite over the maudio. It's a fantastic unit for the price.

I also have an axiom... Does the job for me. Would also look at the novation impulse as an alternative. If you want just a keyboard maybe the maudio keystation would suffice.


I concur with this. Focusrite is what I go with.
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Bare in mind that that will only really do synth stuff. If you want to play proper piano parts you'll need a bigger keyboard.
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Bare in mind that that will only really do synth stuff. If you want to play proper piano parts you'll need a bigger keyboard.


Those Korg microKEYs are nifty (I'm not gonna say the best, but it works)
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