#1
I'm looking for an audio PC interface and DAW software to record my band. Simultaneously we will need about 6 mic inputs (for the drummer)

I'm looking at the M audio fast track ultra 8 (is there any advantage of the 2626 firewire version?)

problem is it doesn't come with bundled software (I'm looking to use pro tools) and buying the software (£200ish) and the interface will be too much.

can you recommend a similar setup that will achieve what i need for less money.

I'm entertaining the idea of a USB mixer that would serve a LIVE purpose also.
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#2
only downside of a usb mixer is you cant multi track record. just one stereo track from everything. I say by the interface, and go on pirate bay and rip a protools version from there
#3
I'd go for the 2626, Firewire really is the best way to hook up an audio interface, USB really isn't great but PCI is not bad

Afaik, pretty much all M Audio hardware comes with a copy of Pro Tools M Powered, but I far prefer using Cubase 5, it's just a lot more fluid to use imo. ProTools is pretty complicated to get even basic results out of it, let alone make use of all the other features
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#4
PCI is faster than both firewire and USB2.

Only 2 track limit was with USB1. With USB2, you can do a lot more.

Maybe consider the Delta 1010?

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Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

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#5
thoughts on PreSonus FireStudio Project over the 2626? (the presonus comes with cubase le(big financial bonus))
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#6
From my very recent research, the presonus drivers can be quite dodgy.

I didn't mention this before, as it seemed to be beyond the price range you were quoting by quite a bit, but if you're looking at the ProFire 2626, which I was, I ultimately ordered the Steinberg MR816X. The preamps are the same ones that Yamaha uses on their $40K consoles and sound amazing, from the reviews. It is a solid piece of hardware built by Yamaha, and doesn't have to go with Cubase, though it does come with Cubase AI. There's that bonus again!

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#7
I had a M-Audio Firewire 1814 with a Behringer ADA 8000 plugged into it. 10 mic pre's and a 6 line in's. Worked great. Run that and Reaper for cheap or M-Powered if you have the cash or the starter version of Cubase. I actually like Cubase better, lower latencys, compared to M-Powered 7.4