#1
What do you think is the best 4 track audio interface for $250 or less? I want to record alternative/hard rock guitar, bass, drums. not all at the same time of course and I think 4 mics will be good enough to record drums because I am only starting recording. anything sounds better than a camera mic. I saw the Akai EIE Pro which looked good but it seems like I could get some crap digital distortion when trying to record my heavily distorted amp miked because it doesn't have any overhead. Got any other suggestions on audio interfaces? thanks.
#2
Below $250 is difficult. Presonus has this at 300 http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AudioBox44 but Presonus isn't exactly known for good drivers. Pres are solid, though.

At $350, there's this Focusrite: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlett18i8 This is what I would personally recommend. It's more expensive, but it's quite a bit better than that Akai you're looking at.
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#3
Thanks for the suggestions. Is the Akai really that bad? I never really understood anything about preamps. Is it basically just the quality of the sound?
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#4
Instead of the Scarlett 18i8, look at the 8i6. You have 2 front inputs and 2 back inputs, enough to record 4 mics at a time. The software and plug-ins that come with it are very intuitive.
http://us.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-8i6

I got it for 250$CAD when I asked myself the same question as you 1 year ago, so it should be cheaper by now. I'm still satisfied with it.

EDIT: the 8i6 is not available anymore, it has ben replaced by the 6i6, which has exactly the same ports and specs, only a new case.
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#5
^That only has 2 mic pres. You'd need two external mic pres to do four mics.
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LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
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.
#6
Yeah, I don't have two external preamps so I'm not going with the 6i6. What's so bad about the Akai eie pro?
#7
Low quality components that lead to a poor signal chain.

You get what you pay for with these things.
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#8
I wonder if it is even worth miking my Peavey Valveking 112 tube amp. its not the best amp in the world. I could just go direct through the effects chain.
#9
Maybe one of these Zoom recorders that can double as interface/portable recorder:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Zoom-R16-Multitrack-Recorder-Interface-Controller-H70249-i1712737.gc (8 channel at once)

Maybe Focusrite Saffire Pro 14?

Found this as well - 4in/4out by the looks of it but 16bit only:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/akai-professional-eie-i-o-audio-midi-interface-with-usb-hub?pfm=sp
Last edited by diabolical at Mar 24, 2014,