Heya Just wanted to also check with you guys before any purchase. Could you please give me some piece of advice, maybe share some own experience regarding an audio interface. I want to buy one with at least 4 inputs. Of course there are so many options on the market these days and different users have so many different experiences with each of them… I appreciate any word of advice! Cheers
I have been using a MOTU 2408 MK3 for the past 3 years and it has been rock solid. 8 analogue in and outs with 2 ADAT connections which I use with 2 Behringer 8 channel convertors. Everything works brilliantly.
+ 1 for Motu stuff. I have an ultralite mk3 that has also been rock solid.even used it to mix a live band a few times!
I use RME Fireface 400 at home and RME Fireface UFX at the studio. They are both great.
I’d reckon the Scarlett interfaces, like the 18i6 for its really clean and nice pre-amps. http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb12/articles/focusrite-scarlett.htm
Or maybe you would like to try the new M-audio Quad, love the analogue-ish style it has. http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MTrackQUAD.html
If you just need something that will give you great sounding (stereo) outputs, ample headphone power and be uber cheap and rock solid (in terms of stability and feel), the Lexicon Alpha is still the reigning champ @ $59.99 (+ free shipping). I owned multiple of these interfaces through the years and used it across Windows XP to Windows 8 with zero issues. This only offers 2 inputs and 2 outputs however…
For going up the chain, a tad, it’s very hard to beat the features, monitoring options, quality and even style of the Komplete Audio 6 @ $222.45. This is the cheapest 4in/4out option I’m aware exists that isn’t janky.
If you’re going even higher-end than that… and need a boat-load of i/o with digital routing flexibility, you need a Saffire Pro 40 (@ $499.99 new). I have a friend with one of these guys and they are the business without a doubt.
I have been using a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 with fantastic results for a few years now. It is a Firewire interface with 8 ins and 12 outs. It sounds fantastic and is easy to integrate. Check it out, particularly if you are not committed to a single platform. I have used this on both a PC and a Mac with no issues whatsoever. I came to it from a Mackie Onyx 400F that had sparkling sounding preamps and was concerned about the quality of the sound, but that was dispelled in the first 10 minutes of working with the Saffire.
Best wishes on your search!
Useful stuff guys! Thanks a lot…right now Im somewhere between Motu and Focusrite…though choice. Anyways I have to go for an USB one, since I dont have firewire on my PC…
So right now I fancy pretty much the Saffire Pro 40 which Josh and Mihalski were mentioning. Jamie, that Mackie looks really interesting as well…and its more than an AI…seems its a mixer as well…Although I often hear the debate about when you need a thing just buy exactly that, trying to avoid all sorts of 5 in 1 products. But if JBlanks loves it ...well…should be totally ok.