Best interface <$200?

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  1. Ph03n1x

    Ph03n1x Senior Member

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    Ok, so I ruled out the Sapphire 2i2 because of clipping.

    I am currently looking at the Roland UA22.
    Does anyone know about it?
    First hand experience?
     
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    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    Clipping? Are you clipping the input with a really hot mic? If that's the problem just build a simple pad in an XLR connector. 3 resistors...about $1.

    Or if you're not good with a soldering iron just buy an inline pad like this one:
    Whirlwind IMP Pad (20 dB) | Sweetwater.com
     
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    Ph03n1x Senior Member

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    It's a known issue with the 2i2. The lowest gain setting on the preamp is still too high for many guitars plugged straight in. The solution is to buy a DI box to put in front of the 2i2. But that seems stupid and cluttered when the device should have worked as a DI box itself. If you google about this device you will see several posts about the issue.

    I am trying to find out if the Roland device has any similar problems because I suspect their preamps might be similar.
     
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    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    I see. Good to know, thanks.
     
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    nitrodc Senior Member

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    I'd probably look at something from PreSonus or Tascam, they seem to be the most reputable among USB interfaces (I have a Tascam myself).
     
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    blues_n_cues Senior Member

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    I use a Mackie Blackjack, simple and effective with no issues so far.
     
  8. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    No expert here, so take this with a grain of salt. I really liike my Presonus Inspire 1394. Very simple to use, bulletproof-built, and 'virtual controls' will keep this working for decades. I see them for sale on ebay for $50. I may buy a couple more, because they are 'stackable' up to four units, giving the user 8-track capabilities for under $200.

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    I've used a Roland Tri-Capture since '11 with no hassle so far.
     
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    John Ucol Senior Member

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    Interesting... I did not know that about the 2i2
     
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    Does anyone have experience with the Alesis iO2 or iO4? I am between one of those, or one of the Tascams (us 122 or 144). The main diffrences are the number of inputs; the four devices do MIDI as well, I believe.

    A guy who did a video review on the Alesis said it felt flimsy, but that the sound quality was good. Does anyone have any preference between the Tascams and the Alesis?

    I use PCs, by the way, in case that makes any difference.
     
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    BigDipper15 Henry Hater Premium Member

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    Does this work with mac and garageband? I've been looking for a simple interface to make basic cover tracks and basic lessons. Haven't had any luck.
     
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    blues_n_cues Senior Member

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    I wonder why they're discontinued.
    24bit & firewire not for me but the stackable part was appealing.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Yessir, that's how I use mine. I recorded the track in my sig with it, some other stuff as well. Works like a charm. If you have a new mac, you will need to buy a firewire 400 to 800 adapter. but they sell for under $10. To daisy-chain additional units, you only need firewire 400 cables.

    I dunno, I suppose something better replaced it. Is 24-bit 'low' or something? I really don't know the diff.
     
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    BigDipper15 Henry Hater Premium Member

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    I have a 2009 Macbook Pro 13 inch as well as a 2010 imac desktop. I can't connect directly with USB? Does it come with any cables initially?
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Hey BD. The Presonus is firewire only. I believe your mac has a firewire 800 port and the interface has a 400. This is why you need the adapter cable. At first, I was using 400 cable with an adapter with a but found it wasn't always working properly. I finally just bought the proper cable off of ebay and I haven't had any problems since. If you decide to purchase one, contact me and I'll send the ebay link for the adapter cable I bought.
     
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    Understood. Is it worth looking for an interface with a firewire 800 cable?
     
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    Others can better answer this one. I would imagine that a newer interface will sell for more. But I'm not certain it's any 'better' to buy a newer interface for simple projects.
     
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    24 is good but my comp doesn't like 24/96 much.
    this will explain it better than I can-
    Does Bitrate Really Make a Difference In My Music?

    Sample Rate and Bitrate: The Guts of Digital Audio | | Music Production Tips - The Stereo Bus Blog
     
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    This one falls slightly above the price range ($249 list), but I am happy with the NI Komplete 6 interface. USB connection and has worked well for me. As a bonus, it comes with some virtual instruments, including a version of Guitar Rig.

    I am using it on a Mac and have had zero problems. (My previous interface was an M-Audio which was nothing but problems).

    FWIW, i have used this interface with a few different guitars, a dynamic mic and a condenser mic (unit has phantom power). No clipping issues that I have seen with this unit.


    edit to add: looks like it sells for $229. Since it comes with a $30 coupon on future purchase, it technically put the NI interface right at the requested $200 price point.
     

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