#1
Well I'm having trouble choosing one. I'm pretty new to all of this and everything from the descriptions of them just confuse me.

I have Windows XP and want a double channel one. I'm going to be using it to record electric guitar, vocals and maybe some bass. I have Amplitube 2 and Cakewalk Sonar 3 so I'll be using them. And a friend of mine who records said to get one that is non proprietary.

I've been looking at these:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Fast-Track-USB-Computer-Recording-Interface?sku=703606V
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=rec/product/reviews/base_pid=242516/rpp=10/
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/PreSonus-FIREBOX-24bit96kHz-FireWire-Recording-System?sku=184133 With this one how would I connect 1/4 guitar cables to that?

And my dad talked to creative labs on the phone and is ridiculously set on getting me this: http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=209&subcategory=669&product=14064 But I'm not to sure about it seeing as it isn't specifically for recording.

My budget is preferably $200, $300 at the most.
#3
Firebox is your best bet, very high quality product, best out of the 3 I would say. The 1/4" cable would be plugged in the middle of XLR connector, its a 2 In one jack, you can connect XLR and 1/4" in the one connector. And both the inputs can be set to an instrument level, a line level, or microphone. The preamps are also of high quality. I wouldn't go the Creative route, Creative does not specialize in recording like Presonus does, and generally have a bad recording rep. I've only heard good things about the Presonus product.
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Firebox is your best bet, very high quality product, best out of the 3 I would say. The 1/4" cable would be plugged in the middle of XLR connector, its a 2 In one jack, you can connect XLR and 1/4" in the one connector. And both the inputs can be set to an instrument level, a line level, or microphone. The preamps are also of high quality. I wouldn't go the Creative route, Creative does not specialize in recording like Presonus does, and generally have a bad recording rep. I've only heard good things about the Presonus product.


Ah thanks man, that's really helpful. Now I just have to come up with some more money.

#5
Get the mackie onyx satellite @ guitar center.
http://www.guitarcenter.com/shop/product/Mackie-Onyx-Satellite-Recording-Interface?full_sku=103832135
Its firewire..so if your PC does not have that connection...you can get a PCI card for like 30...thats $230 for a sweet setup!
It used to cost like 400 bucks,and is by far,more superior than anything you listed..i repeat..DO NOT get the creative labs card!
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Get the mackie onyx satellite @ guitar center.
http://www.guitarcenter.com/shop/product/Mackie-Onyx-Satellite-Recording-Interface?full_sku=103832135
Its firewire..so if your PC does not have that connection...you can get a PCI card for like 30...thats $230 for a sweet setup!
It used to cost like 400 bucks,and is by far,more superior than anything you listed..i repeat..DO NOT get the creative labs card!


True that man...I got the firebox first cause the guy at GC lied and said they didnt have any Onyx Satellites. I didnt like the Firebox at all...you have to unplug things, to use the different inputs, and the Onyx just has SOo many more features, especially the dual headfone jack!

So I took it rite back and asked once more if they had the ONyx, and I actually made them check...and what do you know, they had 3.
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the PreSonus FIREBOX rules. A nice fast firewire connection and XLR/1/4" plugs all in one.
but....if you must record now and want to save up for an upgrade later get the mackie onyx satellite now and then switch to the Firebox later. It has some great preamps in it and I think you'll like it more than the mackie onyx satellite.

stay away from creative cards, they are not made for recording...just playback but even still, they are not all that great.

for more info on sound cards and interfaces have a look at Tweaks guide in my sig and their message board which is full of useful recording information.
#9
I know it wasn't an option, but I'd recommend an M-Audio Delta 44 or 66. It's just the D/A and A/D converts, so you can buy your own preamps. I see this as a good thing, but you might just want an all-in-one package.
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#10
With the firebox I need a firewire port I just found out.

I don't have that. Should I still get it and buy a firewire port to hook to my computer?
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With the firebox I need a firewire port I just found out.

I don't have that. Should I still get it and buy a firewire port to hook to my computer?


You can get firewire PCI cards if you really want the firebox.
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#12
the onyx looks great, but what if you want to do some live discreet channel recording and eciting?

I am looking for a PCI based interface that will allow a 16-channel mixing board to be connected to a PC with a discreet track for each channel. I use SAW32 Pro and Adobe Audition and would like to be able to mix drums, one to a track after recording. Am I saying this right?

I tried mixing 9 channels to a sub and then recording it but it just doesn't sound right and I have no control over individual drums. Bass is too boomy or ride is too low in the mix. I can go back and track the guitars, bass and vocals individually a track at a time but the real problem is dedicated channel, realtime multitracking.

I have been looking at the MOTU 8Pre(http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/8pre/) but I need more channels. Any ideas?
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#13
is there any latency with the firebox or mackie onyx i mthinking of buying one of those so far the onyx looks tempting since it has a lot more plugs and stuff?

but also im not sure because of the latency if i should get a pci card?