Audio Interfaces

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  1. j_m_s

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    Alright guys. Ive got a budget of around 300 SGD (Singapore dollars) which is equivalent to 217.23 USD.

    Im currently considering a lexicon Lamda(retails for 360 SGD) or a M Audio Mobile Pre USB (250 SGD)

    What are the others in my price range? Would appreciate recommendations or a review on either one of the interfaces listed above. I need it to be of decent quality and long lasting.

    thanks!
     
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    hmm. anyone else?
     
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    hmm alright. Its between the two then.

    UX2 or a M-Audio Mobile Pre.

    Which one would you choose?
     
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    I have a UX2 and have been very happy with it. The Gearbox software has some very usable preset guitar patches/tones. The metal ones sound kinda weak and fizzy (I'm not a metal guy so that doesn't both me really) but some of the cleaner tones are very good. Plus you can tweak for hours to get what you like. For basic home recording and demos I think it's great value for money. Some of the patches are so good, I often end up playing through the Toneport and my computer monitors instead of firing up my amp.
     
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    alright. thats cool. any more reviews/recommendations guys?

    I know my budget is pretty low but yeah, thats all i can afford for now. (Being a student kinda sucks at times)
     
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    I would stay away from lexicon, especially in that price range!

    ~Matt
     
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    Hmm alright, ill strike off lexicon then. Its now between the Line 6 ux2 and the m-audio. heh.

    how about the apogee duet? I know its much more but ive got abit of cash in reserve i dont mind digging out if its really good.
     
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    i've heard really good things about the duet. but i havent used one.
     
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    Check out the Echo line as well. If you don't need mic pres, the Audiofire 2 has two line ins and good converters for under $200. Echo has a great reputation for sound quality and support. If you need two mic pres, the Audiofire 4 is around $300.
     
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    Echo line. hmm. I do need the mic pres. heh.

    Any more?
     
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    hmm. just checked that out. Dont think its available locally for me though.

    I guess I'll be going with a ux2?
     
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    I just got a UX2, and am very impressed with the sounds. The Gearbox (modeling) software is pretty simple.
    I haven't had much time with it, and haven't gotten around to trying to record yet. At least after a quick look, the recording software looks a little intimidating to someone who has never used it (me). I'm sure it must be easy enough. Like I said, I haven't spent any time with it.
     
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    I just chcked with my local dealer. the lexicon lambda is now retailing at 279 SGD. which is 201 USD.

    Which one am i better of with? The Lexicon or Line6 ux2?
     
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    If you're planning to EVER run Protools M-Powered or LE you'll need an approved M-Audio or Digidesign M Box interface.

    For Logic Cubase DP, you are not so restricted.

    If you're running a Mac, The Duet is great or the Metric Halo or RME Fireface, but you need to watch that your drivers are compatible with the
    latest Mac OS X updates.

    Unless you are recording live drums, I would go for the best quality 2 channel interface you can afford with the best internal pre-amps and best converters.
     
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    Alright. Im running with my mac. Prolly wont ever use it with windows. Sticking with garage band for now.

    In the future i might get logic so yeah.

    the duet, ive read tonnes about it but its really pricey heh.

    I will be recording drums, but not live as in not in a "live band" situation. If thats what you mean.

    recording drums in the sense that i will be recording an acoustic drum kit.

    for that i can use a mixer right? With multi drum mics into the mixer and from the mixer to my interface.

    have you compared/used a lexicon lambda or toneport ux2 yet?
     
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    I blew $1000.00 on the M-Audio ProjectMix I/O and found out that it is not set up for professional grade +4 signals.

    I'm running Protools M-powered on my Mac and Logic, so I needed something
    with that Digi approved dongle.

    The pre-amps and converters are clearly pro-sumer at best and I've considered the wisdom of spending another $500.00 on the Black Lion mods
    or just getting a Duet.

    To reduce latency, I would recommend at least that you go for a FireWire
    interface over a USB or at the very least something with USB 2.0
     
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    hmm.

    Woah, i just checked the price of the Duet by asking on my local forums. its retailing at 795 SGD which is around 573.50 USD

    my original budget which i set was 400sgd. haha. 288.50 usd.

    I dont mind stretching my budget by abit, but it means i would have to wait longer before getting my interface.

    The line6 toneport UX2 site doesnt state which version of usb it is.

    But it says compatible with both USB 1.1 and 2.0 so im guessing its running on 1.1?

    firewire interfaces. hmm. the presonus firebox?
     

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