#1
Bit of a cliche of a thread this one, but basically I am looking for advice/recommendations over which Audio Interface I should buy?

I'm wanting to record guitar, vocals and midi keyboard. I already have a cheap Stagg MD-1500 mic that I use with a tape-based 2-track, but I suspect I will have to upgrade to something a little better.

My PC is 3.2ghz, has 1gb RAM, 2 hard drives (150gb and 240gb).

The principal interfaces I'm looking at are:

Tascam US-144
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/us-144/70797

M-Audio Fast Track Pro
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/fast-track/68482

E-mu 0404 USB
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/71559

Presonus Firebox
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/firebox/67057


If you have any other suggestions, I'd be more than happy to hear them. However, I don't really want to go much above £150 for the interface itself.

Additionally, should I upgrade from the budget mic listed above? I'm tempted by the Shure SM57 but I would want a mic that can record both acoustic guitar and vocals. From what I've read the SM57 is the 'instrument' mic and the SM58 is the 'vocal' mic. Is there a middle way?

All responses much appreciated,

Cheers.
Matt.
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#2
you can use the sm 57 for vocals as well but your right in saying the 58 is for vocals. anyway you may want to look in another direction. i have the line 6 pod xtl and you can record some high quality stuff via usb on that. you can then use a usb mic for vocals or run a regular mic through the pod. the xtl connects via usb to the computer. check out my profile for sound sample.(no vocals on it but you can here guitar quality) i also recorded bass through it.
#3
The Sm57 and 58 are nearly identical with the exception of small freq response differences and the windscreen.
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Quote by sowhat360
you can use the sm 57 for vocals as well but your right in saying the 58 is for vocals. anyway you may want to look in another direction. i have the line 6 pod xtl and you can record some high quality stuff via usb on that. you can then use a usb mic for vocals or run a regular mic through the pod. the xtl connects via usb to the computer. check out my profile for sound sample.(no vocals on it but you can here guitar quality) i also recorded bass through it.



Thanks for the advice, but I think the Line6 Pod XTL may be a bit out of my price range. It is listed at £250 here: http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/line6-pod-xt-live/66398

What would be the main advantages do you think of the Pod xtl over the audio interfaces I listed in my original post?


Quote by llanafreak44
Get the 58, and just take the screen off when recording everything else.


Sounds like a pretty good solution to me, thanks.
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