#1
I'm looking for a decent recording interface for doing home recording. What are some good, reliable brands?

Looking for something that's USB, with inputs for:

1/4" or 1/8" inputs
xlr for mic
optical (DIF) input, as I have an output using this with my Vox ToneLab

Any recommendations?

Also, are there and PC card that can do this that I could install in my computer like a soundcard?

I've tried looking on guitarcenter and musiciansfriend, but there are sooo many choices/brands/etc and I'm not really sure what would be a good one to go with.

I already have cubase software, and have used a friend's behringer single input to usb which worked great, but would like something with more inputs/options so I can atleast record guitar and vocals (and possibly more in the future).

Thanks!
#3
Ahh, so it is a digital signal using fiberoptic cable, then?

Budget is ~$200 give or take.

I found this on MF:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Fast-Track-Pro-Mobile-USB-Audio-MIDI-Interface?sku=241710

Would something like this be sufficient?

I noticed that m-audio does have some PCI card-based products, is there any advatage/disadvantage to using something like that?

Thanks for the brands, I'll take a look at them.
#4
Disadvantage being not portable for pci cards, that interface is fine for what you want.

Im wondering if we're talking about the same sort of connection S/PDIF uses RCA connectors to send a stereo signal. You could technically use rca cables i think... i've never tried it,

From what i understand, S/pdif is coaxial cable with rca connectors, it only transmits a digital signal (you couldnt get an adapter and hook it up to your guitar) It needs to be a digital signal being transmitted over the cable to something like an interface which can use the digital signal.

As far as i know, the only optical connectors are adat cables (lightpipe) which you won't get on any low end interfaces.
Last edited by doommaker at Jan 31, 2009,
#5
I'm not sure, I haven't used that output yet. It is an output on my Vox ToneLab LE labelled S/P DIF, and is a trap-door style connection lit red. The only cables I could find that matched the description appeared to be fiber optic. Manual says "transmits S/P DIF optical digital data"?
#6
..... that makes absolutely no sense....

It sounds like lightpipe... not spdif..., actually it MAY be toslink... thats pretty strange.


Ok i just looked it up, you can get a toslink to RCA spdif cable. Make sure its NOT lightpipe, it has to be spdif toslink to rca.
#7
Thanks for all the info!

I'll have to read through all your recording guides.

You've helped me out ton!