#1
Hi!

Due to various circumstances and life being a cruel mistress, I am currently using an Maudio FastTrack USB to record guitar, and yes it is absolutely horrible. My setup is plugging the guitar right into the FastTrack and then using PodFarm in my DAW for amps.

My main problem with it is that it pucks up so much static/white noise that I need to run 2 noisegates in my DAW to keep it managable.

I want to go over to something better and I have 2 choices.

I'm looking at the Scarlett 2i4 but a local store has a sale on the Pod X3 for a third of the price of the scarlett. I'm quite positive towards the Pod X3 as the legendary Killrbuckeye from YouTube used it in many of his recordings/covers and they all sound top notch.

So I'm wondering if there's any reason to get the Scarlett or if the Pod X3 will be just as good for my purposes?
#2
I've never liked the sound of any of the Line 6 gear I've used, so I'd go the Scarlett. The scarlett has two 1/4"/XLR combo inputs, whereas the Pod has 1 of each (which I hope you can still use as two simultaneous channels but I don't know). I would be willing to bet that the mic preamps in the Scarlett sound much nicer than in the pod too, because focusrite specialises in this kind of gear whereas line 6 specialises in modelling.

That said, you'd probably be able to use either and be just as happy with the results.

Sidenote: That sounds like an awful lot of white noise to be the FastTrack's fault, are you sure that's what's causing the problem?
#3
Yes, I'm sure it's the FastTrack because it's there even with nothing connected to the FastTrack other than the USB to the PC, and the USB is digital so no noise there.
#4
Line 6 is a great company if you want some amp modelling done, but they really don't compare to the scarlet in audio interfacing (is it a word?). Since you already have the Pod Farm, I'd say that the scarlet is a great way to go.
#5
I used to use my POD X3 Live as an audio interface for recording, but it just doesn't compare to a real interface with gain monitoring, multiple inputs, and decent preamps. I couldn't get an audible signal from my POD when recording vocals. The trim knob sucked, either you have an inaudible signal or a signal that is clipping off the charts. Not to mention there is no phantom power if you are using a condenser mic.

I just got the Scarlett 18i20 a couple weeks ago and its a HUGE step up from recording from my POD. I was finally able to put it to good use a couple of days ago when recording my friends drums and it was a real pleasure working with this unit. I still have my POD, I keep it plugged into the back inputs of my Scarlett for amp modeling and effects. If you want a straight quality interface, get the scarlett, if you want something with amp modeling that you will use to occasionally record guitars or bass (no vocals) get the POD
#6
Quote by chronic_stp
I used to use my POD X3 Live as an audio interface for recording, but it just doesn't compare to a real interface with gain monitoring, multiple inputs, and decent preamps. I couldn't get an audible signal from my POD when recording vocals. The trim knob sucked, either you have an inaudible signal or a signal that is clipping off the charts. Not to mention there is no phantom power if you are using a condenser mic.

I just got the Scarlett 18i20 a couple weeks ago and its a HUGE step up from recording from my POD. I was finally able to put it to good use a couple of days ago when recording my friends drums and it was a real pleasure working with this unit. I still have my POD, I keep it plugged into the back inputs of my Scarlett for amp modeling and effects. If you want a straight quality interface, get the scarlett, if you want something with amp modeling that you will use to occasionally record guitars or bass (no vocals) get the POD


Thanks for the descriptive reply!
I'll be doing all my amp/cab simulation on my PC, so the only thing I need is a good and clean dry instrument signal mostly from EMGs and a few passive pickups. Is there really such a difference in dry signal input quality between the Pod and the Scarlett?

(I have another solution for mic'ing so that's not an issue.)
#7
Lady luck smiled on me and I found a used Saffire 6 USB for the price of that discounted X3 so I think I should go for that?
#8
Yes, get that. It's the same as the 2i4 in an older box with USB 1.1 rather than 2.0 (won't matter much on a 2 channel).