#1
Right, I plan on getting my first recording setup for my computer. I have a budget of about £100 ($200?) and I'd like a few suggestions on what would be a good first buy and why.

A few options I've looked at:

Line 6 GuitarPort: http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail.asp?StockCode=EG00104
Nice and easy, just plug into my USB and install software, no fancy stuff, just guitar recording. However, I've heard USB connections can have a lot of latency, and if I fancy getting a mic later, I'd have no connections for it. Alternatively, I could go for a Toneport. £83.99

M-Audio Audio Buddy Microphone Preamp: http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail.asp?StockCode=ST00137
More flexability with 2 inputs, each can do either 1/4" or mic (w/ phantom power). Would I plug the 1/4" output into the line in on my computer? Or would I need a new soundcard to actually make this thing sound decent? £67.99

Alternatively, a new soundcard with 1/4" inputs and preamp. If so, which soundcard would be good for under £100?

By the way, I only started looking at this stuff a couple of days ago, so I'm completely new to it all, and my knowledge is limited. Any helpful advice/criticism on my choices are welcome.
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#3
Thanks, I'm looking at the options it's given me. Nice link, very useful.

EDIT: From that, I've found a few other alternatives.

M-Audio Fast Track: http://www.absolutemusicsolutions.co.uk/shop/view_product.php?product=maufasttrackusb&source=Froogle
I think this may not be USB 2, so it might be slow transfer (not sure though). Guitar and XLR input. Inbuilt preamp. Cheapest yet. £59.99

PreSonus Inspire 1394: http://soundslive.co.uk/product.asp?id=4528
Firewire, I'll need to get a port for about £10, but should be fast. Two guitar inputs (with preamps), two mic inputs (phantom power) and two other 1/4" inputs. Probably more than I need, and the most expensive. £109.00

Tascam US122L: http://soundslive.co.uk/product.asp?id=5280
USB 2 connection, two 1/4" inputs with preamps (one for guitar), two XLR phantom powered inputs. No software, but Audacity will probably do me, and no need for a firewire port, but should still be low latency. £104.99
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Last edited by loonyguitarist at Feb 3, 2007,
#4
from your list, I would go with the PreSonus. Mainly because it is firewire and therefore almost eliminating latency, but also because it has inputs for bass and guitar at the same time and up to 2 mics. If your only recording guitar, it might be more than you need, but you may regret it later in life if you buy an interface with less inputs.

You also better check if the PreSonus can record from more than 1 input at once and if they record on their own channel
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#5
It says it has "Four simultaneous input channels". So I can record from them all at the same time, and I assume they record on seperate channels too.
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#6
Yeah, looks like the best option then. I had a look at it, it's not something I'd buy, but if I was recording just one guitar it would be convenient
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#7
Could someone explain how you connect the PreSonus to a computer and if you can play over stuff you have already recorded
#8
You connect the PreSonus to the computer with a using a Firewire port, which is an input socket on your computer. You may or may not have one, I don't. Yes, you can record over stuff you've already recorded, using a recorded program such as Audacity. Hope that helps.
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