#1
alright i need a good interface to get whenever i order the pa package i want so i can record on my macbook. i was planning on just using garageband but need a usb interface because there is no line in on my laptop. really dont want to spend too much on the interface but i do want a decent enough setup to record a good demo and start getting my music out there a little bit.

thanks for any help

p.s. i plan on recording vocals and 1-3 guitars for now
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#2
Digidesign M-Box 2 is great. I have the M-Box 2 Mini, and it can record 2 guitar inputs and 1 mic. However, the mic input is the same input as one of the guitars, so you can only do one guitar along with vocals (simultaneously). The regular M-Box holds more inputs, but I'm not sure about specifics.


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If you want to record many things at once, you're going to need a firewire interface. USB has alot of latency problems when recording more than four things simultaneously.

Then again, you can track the guitars separately and then record vocals, so you don't necessarily need it to be simultaneous.
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I use a Presonus Inspire 1394. 2 1/4 inch, 2 XLR (can't be used at the same time), RCA in and out, headphone out. Firewire. Sounds great if you can find it, which may be difficult.
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#5
thanks for the advice.. another question.. can i go into the mixer and mix it down to one track and do a live recording only using one input on an interface?
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yes, pointing it at your head will send the sound towards your head.


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#6
Motu microbook has the best sound quality of every thing mentioned so far. In fact the 8 pre I got to use last session was fantastic and my pal uses the ultralite so he can upload his songs within an hour after he's written them on ( he plays gtr drums bass )
#7
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thanks for the advice.. another question.. can i go into the mixer and mix it down to one track and do a live recording only using one input on an interface?


hesitantly i say yes, but you may not want to, atleast not unless you're very comfy mixing on your board without needing the capability of going back to edit individual tracks.

Raj is on point concerning firewire, btw.

Apogee makes great stuff for recording with mac. the Duet is great, but just 1 or 2 imputs i think, and the ensemble is amazing. question, will you be using GB or are you upgrading to Logic?

and by PA do you mean monitors? or are you planning on recording in a live environment? oh, i see now, you said it's for live recordings.

forgive me if I missed something else, I'm a little drunk.
#8
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If you want to record many things at once, you're going to need a firewire interface. USB has alot of latency problems when recording more than four things simultaneously.

Then again, you can track the guitars separately and then record vocals, so you don't necessarily need it to be simultaneous.

or for that matter more than one... USB+recording=teh sux, in my experience.
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or for that matter more than one... USB+recording=teh sux, in my experience.

why so?
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why so?

Very high latency, which makes it really hard to double track or harmonize anything.
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For a mac apogee one/duet and logic 9 is about the best anyone can do really.

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Very high latency, which makes it really hard to double track or harmonize anything.
It's easy to just realign the tracks in a DAW.
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It's easy to just realign the tracks in a DAW.


+1

Firewire is just easier...but USB isn't useless. And its a lot cheaper. Drums can be tricky without multiple inputs and a firewire interface though. Thats my main reason for my upcoming upgrade
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It's easy to just realign the tracks in a DAW.

Except when it's about 2 ms off. It's just a pain to deal with.
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
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Except when it's about 2 ms off. It's just a pain to deal with.
Ehh, zoom in on the wave forms. It's better to have less latency of course, but it's hardly the deal breaker you make it out to be.
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#16
^yeah, I am making it out to be worse than it is. Not intentionally, I assure you

The sound quality is fine using USB. It's just double tracking is a bit of a pain simply because of the latency issues.
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Adam S3A monitors
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#17
thanks for the advice. im looking at a relatively cheap PA setup on the friend with a mixer, monitor/speakers, and a cheap mic and cables and everything. its about 300 bucks or so. i want to be able to record my guitar and vocals at the same time most importantly and be able to add multiple guitars/bass/keyboard and maybe drums later. whats my best option for less than 150 bucks or so?
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yes, pointing it at your head will send the sound towards your head.


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Digidesign M-Box 2 is great. I have the M-Box 2 Mini, and it can record 2 guitar inputs and 1 mic. However, the mic input is the same input as one of the guitars, so you can only do one guitar along with vocals (simultaneously). The regular M-Box holds more inputs, but I'm not sure about specifics.


EDIT: Oh and major bonus: If you buy it from guitar center, it comes with ProTools 8 LE!! Well, mine did, at least.


While I agree with you there, I have to also say ProTools is a very complicated program. Not so much as a plug and play thing.
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#19
the m-box is out of my price range.. anyone know anything that can simply and efficiently get audio from a mixer into my laptop for garageband? for less than 150 bucks?
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yes, pointing it at your head will send the sound towards your head.


it's the same with guns too, before you go testing that one.