Best sounding audio interface under $300?

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Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by rydn » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:11 pm

Nooby question for you all -

What would you say is the best sounding audio interface for under $300 new?

I've been thinking about picking up the Native Instruments Audio 6, but I'm having a hard time finding good comparison to justify that. If I can spend less get and get the same or better quality, that would be awesome. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by rcpunker » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:13 pm

As being the best :twisted: audio engineer in this forum, I recommend the Fast Track Pro.

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by perplex » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:14 pm

as being the best audio engineer in the entire world...i recommend something like roland fa-66

you can find it in certain places around $300

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by H20nly » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:40 pm

being the best audio engineer in the southeast west side northern milky way i recommend t.c. electronic konnekt 6

i also want to go on record as saying it doesn't matter what you need it for, what type of connections you intend to plug into it, or whether you prefer USB or Firewire... and that "best sounding" is absolutely not subjective.


http://www.tcelectronic.com/desktopkonnekt6.asp

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by rydn » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:51 pm

Prestigious responders! I like the looks of the TC and I'm sure the Roland is great, but I'm USB only. Should have mentioned that.

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by beats me » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:59 pm

rcpunker wrote:As being the best :twisted: audio engineer in this forum, I recommend the Fast Track Pro.
perplex wrote:as being the best audio engineer in the entire world...i recommend something like roland fa-66

you can find it in certain places around $300
H20nly wrote:being the best audio engineer in the southeast west side northern milky way i recommend t.c. electronic konnekt 6

i also want to go on record as saying it doesn't matter what you need it for, what type of connections you intend to plug into it, or whether you prefer USB or Firewire... and that "best sounding" is absolutely not subjective.


http://www.tcelectronic.com/desktopkonnekt6.asp
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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by cmreal04 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:58 pm

Presonus firestudio mobile. Go firewire it it's an option.
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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by simpleton » Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:59 am

You wanna go future proof. You wanna go USB 2.0 You want Scarlett.
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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by laserdisc » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:06 am

Does 299 count? I've heard good thing about the new Komplete Audio 6.

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by invol » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:22 am

All of the NI stuff sounds really good, especially for the price. TC is good too.
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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by cmreal04 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:06 pm

Keep in mind that if your computer's resources share usb ports. You don't want to start creating a bottle neck.....
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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by 2be » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:04 pm

Get a PCI firewire extension card with TI chipset and get yourself an Audifire2 or Audiofire4 from Echo. Built like a tank, superb sound (uses same AD/DA-chips as the much more expensive RME interfaces) and quality drivers. You'll not regret it!

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by Grappadura » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:13 pm

EMU 0404 sounds excellent, I really heard the difference to the crappy novation nio.

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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by Tone Deft » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:19 pm

simpleton wrote:You wanna go future proof. You wanna go USB 2.0 You want Scarlett.
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probably the best advice so far.

performance differences between USB and firewire are negligible. the "buy what I have" advice is weak.

it mostly depends on how many inputs and outputs you need. then look at the market and see what fits the bill.
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Re: Best sounding audio interface under $300?

Post by Idle_Matt » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:40 pm

I have a Focusrite Saffire 6 and it's excellent. It's only around $200, plus it's USB
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