Okay folks, I've spent the last two months doing research on usb audio interfaces, trying find which one might be the best purchase for me. Its for an EP/Demo (guitars, bass, keys, drums) that i will be making for a school project, and its about time i start looking to buy.
So, after doing a great deal of research, i went to my local Guitar Center having decided to purchase the Tascam US-600
. Its a newer product, so there haven't been many reviews on it yet, but from what i have read, tascam generally seem to put out a good product. However, the sales guy said that tascam interfaces have shitty preamps and "7/10 times, they get returned" Obviously this wouldn't be the first time a GC employee said something that might be stupid, but he still convinced me not to buy just yet.
He instead reccomended the Presonus Audiobox bundle
, which is bundled with a condenser mic and cable, which, although nice, i planned on acquiring later anyway. Plus, from what i've heard, Audioboxes haverather mediocre preamps and are riddled with driver problems.
The Tascam has 6 ins and bundled Cubase LE vs Audiobox's 2 and Studio one Artist. Both have MIDI support. Budget is $300 or less
So, any suggestions? Being new to this, advice on the bundled software as well as on brand reliability would also be greatly appreciated.