help choosing audio interface

Discussion of music production, audio, equipment and any related topics, either with or without Ableton Live
Post Reply
apolloXiii
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:49 am

help choosing audio interface

Post by apolloXiii » Mon May 02, 2011 3:11 am

Anyone have any experience using an audio interface with ableton?

I'm looking for one that has at least 1 mic and 1 instrument input (2 mic/instrument inputs would be cool too). I don't know if it is possible, but it would be great if it could take the signal from each input and route it to a different audio channel in ableton (so as to manipulate each separately). I'd like to use it for both recording and live performance.

A cheaper option would be better, but I would still like to prevent sacrificing sound quality if possible.
MacBook Pro 13" 2.3 GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, OSX 10.7
Ableton Live 8.2.1
Akai MPD32
M-Audio KeyRig49
Warwick Streamer 5-String



Rabalder
Posts: 1089
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:03 am
Location: Norway

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by Rabalder » Mon May 02, 2011 12:06 pm

Your spesifications suggests you could pretty much buy whatever interfacer you come across (at a price you can afford) :arrow: Google search!

apolloXiii
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:49 am

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by apolloXiii » Mon May 02, 2011 4:35 pm

I figured that was the case, but I was wondering if anyone had specific experience with any that would make me not want to buy them (i.e. problems with latency, audio quality, etc).
MacBook Pro 13" 2.3 GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, OSX 10.7
Ableton Live 8.2.1
Akai MPD32
M-Audio KeyRig49
Warwick Streamer 5-String



nuxnamon
Posts: 1770
Joined: Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:59 pm
Location: 650 area

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by nuxnamon » Mon May 02, 2011 4:39 pm

my experiences have been bad with m-audio drivers, specifically firewire drivers.. the sound of the card wasn't bad at all, but driver developement was very slow.. i am on osx so maybe pc users might have better luck.. i've had good experiences with motu, and especially RME..

perplex
Posts: 357
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:47 pm

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by perplex » Mon May 02, 2011 5:28 pm

i have the cakewalk fa-66. i own a mac, and its great right out the box, i recommend.

AceLuby
Posts: 1124
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:40 pm
Location: Mpls, MN
Contact:

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by AceLuby » Mon May 02, 2011 5:40 pm

nuxnamon wrote:my experiences have been bad with m-audio drivers, specifically firewire drivers.. the sound of the card wasn't bad at all, but driver developement was very slow.. i am on osx so maybe pc users might have better luck.. i've had good experiences with motu, and especially RME..
PC here and have had a great experience w/ my firewire solo. Never have had an issue w/ it, plus it frees up a USB slot for a midi device.
levimoniz wrote:yes i'm a hypocrite and not intelligent

d-track
Posts: 640
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:29 pm

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by d-track » Mon May 02, 2011 11:36 pm

novation nio is cheap, solid and looks good, very portable with decent knobs and switches.
*-*

Silence
Posts: 508
Joined: Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:25 pm

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by Silence » Tue May 03, 2011 4:02 pm

have a look at http://www.echoaudio.com/

drivers = good
sound-quality = good
PR = nope, so they can focus on drivers and sound-quality!
MBP - Ultralite MK3 - Genelec 8020 & 8030 - BCR2000 - padKONTROL - NordRack 2

AceLuby
Posts: 1124
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:40 pm
Location: Mpls, MN
Contact:

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by AceLuby » Tue May 03, 2011 5:05 pm

Silence wrote:have a look at http://www.echoaudio.com/

drivers = good
sound-quality = good
PR = nope, so they can focus on drivers and sound-quality!
Just found my next interface.
levimoniz wrote:yes i'm a hypocrite and not intelligent

Moody
Posts: 2115
Joined: Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:47 pm

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by Moody » Tue May 03, 2011 8:36 pm

Budget?
Ableton’s engineers are hard
at work developing code that will allow our software to predict the future, but we don’t
anticipate having this available until at least the next major release.

H20nly
Posts: 15844
Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:15 pm
Location: The Wild West

Re: help choosing audio interface

Post by H20nly » Tue May 03, 2011 10:01 pm

I have this and love it:

http://www.tcelectronic.com/DesktopKonnekt6.asp

i've never had a single problem with it. none. almost 2 years.

I'm thinking about buying this one next:

http://www.tcelectronic.com/impacttwin.asp

if it had phono jacks i'd have been rolling lose change and digging through the sofas by now.

Post Reply