#1
Hey, I've been out of the loop a bit recently (here at UG and recording in general) It's been some years since I was in the studio with any regularity so would fancy a bit of help!

I'm looking for a cheap/basic interface to record and playback (live) electric guitar (no mic needed). I don't even know if that's feasible without dealing with annoying latency issues? If I could record straight into your standard sequencers (protools, logic, cubase etc..) that would be ideal. It would need to be USB/Firewire as I'm using a Macbook.

Last I knew, Line6 were making 'Toneports' or something along those lines. There seems to be a multitude of variants now and not sure which is best for my needs, or if other brands are offering better products that I don't know of.

Anybody got recommendations?
Cheers!
#2
We has a sticky.

You should look at it.
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#3
Do you think it would be possible to use something like the Focusrite Scarlett and have it playback without obtrusive latency?
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Do you think it would be possible to use something like the Focusrite Scarlett and have it playback without obtrusive latency?


Yep. Do it all the time. I live process with Logic and or MAX/MSP my entire set.
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#5
Latency tends to be more to do with the computer than the interface these days.
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Latency tends to be more to do with the computer than the interface these days.


Would this be to do with the computer's performance, ie. processing power.
Or more likely ports, ie. firewire over usb2/3?
#7
A little of both. But even USB 1 is easily capable. It's more the CPU and RAM.
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A little of both. But even USB 1 is easily capable. It's more the CPU and RAM.

And the drivers. Definitely the drivers.
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#9
Though I've never had an issue with focusrite drivers.
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Though I've never had an issue with focusrite drivers.

Nor have I. Focusrite's drivers are outstandingly good.
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Adam S3A monitors
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#11
No significant latency problem for me, using Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 with 4-5 year old laptop PC (not mac). Use it for electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizer, external drum machine, and mic'd acoustic guitar.

I think you must want to use the computer / software in part for the effects / amp modeling type stuff, if you are concerned about live feed latency. At least, that was why I had that concern. I do think latency can creep up somewhat if you use certain effects, like I think autotune can be a resource-hog and might give you a latency issue, and maybe other effects (or too many effects all at once) could do the same.

Oh, I use mine with Reaper and I actually did have a latency problem when I first started, but a friend with more audio computer experience came by, changed a setting, and the latency was gone. So, you might need to do a bit of tweaking to get to low latency if you have an issue 'out of the box'.

Ken