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Which USB interface for DAW mixing a live band performance?

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  • Which USB interface for DAW mixing a live band performance?

    We are a small entertainment trio performing commercial pop-rock music in local bars and events. We wish to get rid of all our analog gear and go all-digital to be as light as possible. The idea is to have a multi-channel USB interface to which we would plug 3 microphones, a keyboard (over MIDI) a guitar and a bass guitar, use VST instruments and effects and mix it all inside Sonar or Ableton. The drums would be played via MIDI track and VST instrument. This way we could automate absolutely everything (volume, patch changes...) including the lights over an USB DMX controller and make individual headphone mixes for each of us. For this we would need a 8 in 8 out interface.

    Which of these would be the best for this purpose? We are looking for an interface with the LOWEST LATENCY through DAW. For our budget we have the options below:
    - Tascam US-16x08
    - M-Audio M-Track Eight
    - Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL
    - Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
    - Roland UA-1010 Octa-Capture

    We don't care about the onboard DSP, we wish to do everything inside DAW because of the automation. (Please do not suggest other used gear, it has to be new).

    Thank You!
    Last edited by cupax; 04-03-2015, 05:44 AM.

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    I use a PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL for recording (Reaper / StudioOne) and I intend to use it live although I haven't yet.

    I can't speak for the other devices on your list but I'm confident you will be able to do what you want with the AudioBox. Latency has been a non issue for me so far.
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