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In need of an audio interface.

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4 posts since 16 Jan, 2014

Postby perceptic; Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:50 pm In need of an audio interface.

Hi,
Basically, I need an interface with 4 mic/instrument inputs. 2 for my Mininova, 1 for a dynamic mic and 1 for a condenser. I know that many interfaces have 1 phantom power switch that (if on) sends phantom power to all inputs. I'm worried that this would damage my Mininova. If not, great but if so, I would need one with one switch per 2 inputs.
The M-Audio M-Track QUAD is perfect for the job and I was a second away from buying it, until I found that it isn't compatible with OS X Mavericks. Are there any similar interfaces that are under £300?
Thanks, Oli.
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235 posts since 6 Mar, 2011, from Pleasanton, CA
 

Postby wesleyt; Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:51 pm Re: In need of an audio interface.

Not sure about its cost in GBP, but the MOTU 4pre has phantom power per input. Four XLR, two of which are instrument-level and two are line level.

I upgraded to Mavericks last night, and it seems to work well so far; the drivers loaded fine and CueMix control of phantom owner worked. I'll do a mic test tonight and report back here.
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Postby perceptic; Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:53 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

wesleyt wrote:Not sure about its cost in GBP, but the MOTU 4pre has phantom power per input. Four XLR, two of which are instrument-level and two are line level.

I upgraded to Mavericks last night, and it seems to work well so far; the drivers loaded fine and CueMix control of phantom owner worked. I'll do a mic test tonight and report back here.


That is exactly what I'm looking for. Unfortunately, it's just slightly over budget. I would have to get it as a last resort but thanks for the suggestion :)
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1266 posts since 12 Jun, 2003, from Denmark
 

Postby metal; Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:01 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

What about a well kept second hand M-Audio Firewire 1814? Shouldn't be too expensive to ship (to UK?).
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235 posts since 6 Mar, 2011, from Pleasanton, CA
 

Postby wesleyt; Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:13 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

I totally understand about the budget. Have you checked Focusrite's offerings? They make good stuff.

Btw, the 4pre works perfectly recording under Mavericks in Logic 10.0.6; I just finished testing.
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Postby perceptic; Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:00 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

metal wrote:What about a well kept second hand M-Audio Firewire 1814? Shouldn't be too expensive to ship (to UK?).


No Mavericks support :/ Thanks though
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Postby perceptic; Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:03 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

wesleyt wrote:I totally understand about the budget. Have you checked Focusrite's offerings? They make good stuff.

Btw, the 4pre works perfectly recording under Mavericks in Logic 10.0.6; I just finished testing.


I will definitely keep the 4pre in mind for if I can't find anything cheaper. Looks like a great piece of kit. I'm looking at the Scarlett 18i8 now. Not sure how I missed this before. I was going through Focusrite's stuff for ages haha.
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780 posts since 25 Apr, 2004, from Windsor, Ontario
 

Postby CC4; Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:40 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

The Scarlett 18i8 is about $350 US though. For that price there's also the Behringer Firepower FCA1616 and the Lexicon I-O 42 (just to add to your shopping choices)

In the price range you initially suggested have you looked at the Akai EIE Pro, the FocusRite Scarlett 6i6, or the Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6?

...I just recently shopped for a new interface also. :)
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Postby thejonsolo; Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:03 pm Re: In need of an audio interface.

Keep in mind the OP is talking about Mavericks.

There are few choices right now that support that OS in that price range. And by few, I mean I cannot name even one that has what OP is looking for.
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780 posts since 25 Apr, 2004, from Windsor, Ontario
 

Postby CC4; Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:31 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

Well, it may be wise to double check with the manufacturer; I'm certainly not a Mac person.

The Behringer Firepower FCA610 ($250US - 4x8) & the Firepower FCA1616 ($350US) however state they do not require drivers on OS X (class-compliant operation). The Lexicon I-O 42 specifies OS X Version 10.4.9 or higher. FocusRite states that the Scarlett 6i6 ($215US) as well as the 18i8 ($350US) both work with OS X Mavericks. Tascam's US-366 ($185 - 2 XLR/2 RCA inputs) or the Tascam US-600 ($200US - 4 XLR / 2 RCA inputs) have Mavericks drivers in the products' download sections. Even the legacy Roland FA-66 is Mavericks compatible with their new drivers. I'm sure new drivers are rolling out all the time.

Found an interesting article on sweetwater which is keeping tabs on Mavericks compatiblity:
http://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/art ... formation/

I'd start with the number and types of inputs/outputs desired. Then compare cost, your sample rate desires, signal-to-noise ratios, etc. Then see if they have new drivers available for download and if anyone's bitching about issues in their forums. Bundled software may be the only disappointment, if you really care.
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15513 posts since 27 Jul, 2005, from the wilds of wanny
 

Postby thecontrolcentre; Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:46 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

Check out NI Komplete Audio 6 ...

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Postby RunBeerRun; Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:43 pm Re: In need of an audio interface.

Phantom power shouldn't do any harm, I have it on while also using a guitar in another input, of course plugging in a 1/4" cable simply does not access the phantom power that can only go on the XLR.

If the Mininova is a hardware synth, that should be a 1/4" hookup as well.
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440 posts since 28 Jan, 2011, from MEXICO

Postby rod_zero; Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:31 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

Steinberg ur44 (for me the best budget interfaces).
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Postby bedjka; Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:34 am Re: In need of an audio interface.

Steinberg ur44 (for me the best budget interfaces).

+1 (read rewiews about the smaller one UR22)

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