Inexpensive recording interface

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  1. marsellus

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    I was given a copy of protools 7 for a gift (for Mac) and now I need a recording interface that will work with it.

    I was wondering what some of you might recommend that was rather inexpensive (within a couple hundred dollars, maybe?)

    Thanks.
     
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    I assume you have Pro Tools M-Powered. Since, LE and HD are useless to you unless you buy the digidesign hardware :)

    In the case of M-Powered, I just use an M-Audio Firewire 410 so I can use m-powered. You can always plug in a better pre-amp into the fiber optic connection later.

    -ZP
     
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    I need to look at it more closely. I've never owned it before, although I have watched diligently as I've been in various studios.

    I know it's still in the box and that it's official, and not a bootleg for what it's worth. :) And it has "7" on it. haha.

    Until now, I've been using a bluetube mic preamp into a Boss BR-900CD.
     
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    If you have never recorded with your Mac, try Garageband with your internal sound card. The results might surprise you.


    I'd think twice about getting into Digidesign products. The stuff that's good is expensive. Protools LE is a toy, IMHO - limited track count, no plug-in delay compensation, etc. Compare it to other DAWs in the same price range, also make sure to compare hardware features before you buy into Digidesign.

    Most interfaces come with DAWs when you buy them.
    Check out products from Presonus (e.g. Firepod, good preamps) and MOTU.

    Frank
     
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    But does it work with ProTools?

    I upgraded to OS X (10.4, I think) not too long ago, but it didn't come with Garageband or iLife.

    I'm not sure if this is ProTools LE or not, but I think it's a full version. It's an "educational" version that was a gift from a college professor.
     
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    OK, I'm home and looking at the box now:

    Pro Tools M-Powered 7.1 (educational version)

    Do I need an M-Audio interface or will other brands work?
     
  9. Zero Point

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    M-audio units. But that's ok, they have a nice low cost line up.

    Hey this is a GOOD thing. Cause otherwise you'd have had to buy a mbox2 or digi unit if it was LE...

    Or heaven's forbid if it was an HD version. Then you'd need a card that costs 8 grand ;)

    -ZP
     
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    Paying 8 grand would kind of suck.

    So will any M-Audio interface work then?
     
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    Yes ........or, I don't see why it wouldn't.

    The Mackie interface (like most audio interfaces) is just a way to get audio into your computer. The software you use is up to you. As in most things, there may be exceptions. But a call to Mackie should answer any questions you might have.
     
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    I have a like-new M-Audio Fast Track USB interface if you're interested. There's a sticker on it that says "compatible with Pro-Tools M-Powered 7".

    I used it for a while with my G4 PowerBook. It worked fine. Say, $50 + shipping? Drop me a PM if you're interested.
     

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