#1
hey,

I am just beginning my adventure with recording and have been trying to figure out what equipment to pick up. I am looking for a good interface to use.

Genre: Folk, folk rock

Instruments: Vocals, acoustic guitars a bit of non-distorted electric guitar.

Microphone: AT2035 (I will be buying this when I get the interface)

budget: Would like to keep it around $150 (Canadian) but willing to go up to $200

New or Used: Well, I have really struggled to find anything used, so new.

Location: Around Toronto.

Things I am looking at: Right now the suggestions I have received and looked at are:

1.) focusrite scarlett 2i4 ( The store near me has this)

2.) Steinberg UR22 (suggested by the guy I talked to at L&M)

3.) Zoom H4n (I really like how it is portable, but will it provide me with a good tool to record an album? Also, I would not be getting the AT2035 with this.)

4.) Focusrite Sapphire 6. ( I cannot find these anywhere)

I am also open to other suggestions, I just want something To record a pretty mellow folk album with, just something to get me started as far as possessing recorded music to give to possible venues, etc.
#2
Saffire 6 is outdated, you'll only find them used. They were replaced with the Scarlett 2i4. I think the 2i4 is exactly what you're looking for.
#3
The focusrite 2i4 is a solid choice at that level. Its not really that much of a choice at that budget. Also it has the best preamps I've heard at its price range. Silent as hell. Its a good choice for your kind of music.
#4
Silent is really a big part wi of what I am looking for. As for recording quality, will it give me a product that is at least not going to sound like total shit? I am not looking to sound like I recorded at Abby Road or anything, but I would like it to at least be something that would good enough to show venues, other musicians, prospective listeners, etc.
#5
Yes it is silent and yes they will sound good if you use then properly.

Focusrite use the same pre-amps in their far more expensive products. We're talking something you'd find in a thousand dollar interface.
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#6
The presonus audiobox isnt bad and is within your price range
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#7
Any of those will do the job nicely. Focusrite have good preamps and solid drivers, they're always a safe pick.

EIE Pro would be my choice - an extra two inputs for a similar price is very useful indeed.