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    Well, as many others....my Audiobox inputs are now too hot to use. I understand from many this happens. So, I'm on the hunt. I'm thinking about maybe a Mackie USB mixer as my audio interface. Anyone with experience doing this?

    Or, what would you recommend?
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  • #2
    Comes down to what you have to spend. There are some great digital

    mixers that will let you record 8 & 16 channels at a time. They can be used for

    Live audio and recording. you can mix inside them or dump the tracks to a USB stick,

    use USB or Firewire and move them to a computer for mixing. Some even have software that

    interacts with the computer and act as a controller mixing in the DAW.

    I suspect this trend to increase. Makes no sence for a band to have to use different gear

    for live and studio when you can save on buying a dual purpose unit.

    If you only record, then you can still bet a better quality bang for the buck

    buying a good interface with good preamps.


    • #3
      Small time recording at home is all. My audiobox usb crapped out.
      Don't Forget Where You Got It


      • #4
        I's suggest the saphire stuff. They have some great preamps in them

        and you should have much better sound quality with one.

        Good prices for what you get too.


        • #5
          I'm not sure of the difference between the Saffire and Scarlett stuff, but if you jsut want a better AudioBox for the same price, check out the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, a buddy of mine got one a while back so I could record him singing and playing acoustic guitar, and I gotta say I am absolutely amazed at how good it is ESPECIALLY given the price...it comes with some great plug ins too, the only thing you won't get that the AudioBox has is MIDI...
          Originally Posted by co&cafan808

          chevybusa ****************in delivers the lulz!!!

          Using and abusing Reason 4.0 (with tons of ReFills) and Logic 9 (with tons of soft synths, VSTi's and plug-ins)
          a Yamaha S80 (with 2 FC7's, an FC5, an FC3, and a BC3a) and a Behringer BCR2000
          a 4GB 2.53GHz Intel Core Duo Mac Mini
          AKG K77 headphones or M-Audio BX5a Deluxe monitors.

          Originally Posted by OldGuitarPlayer

          Ahhh...John Cage. The ultimate troll.

          Originally Posted by Anderton

          Just remember...machines don't kill music, people do.


          • #6
            Scarlett is USB 2.0, Saphire is firewire. All the focusrite stuff is great.


            • #7
              Yea I meant to say scarlett.


              • #8
                I have the Scarlett 2i2. The preamps are great. Using it to record song ideas, and bits and pieces for band practice. Works very very well, highly recommend.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for all your recommendations: I bought the Scarlett 2i2 for budget and performance reasons.
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                  • #10
                    I've been really impressed with the Roland Octa-Capture. Amazing sound and functionality at this price point. I've done a few albums with it already including some commercial work. Underrated I think partly due to Roland's typically odd marketing.