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Recording interface? Headphones?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by rwe333, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. rwe333

    rwe333 Supporting Member

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    Gonna finally get 'round to setting up my MacBook Pro for some recording. Will use software already on machine - Bandcamp, more so Adobe Audition.
    What are recs for a good interface for simple tracking? Doubt I'll ever use more than one or two inputs (mic for amps, vocal, or acoustic guitar).
    Also, any thoughts on articulate headphones?
    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Papanate

    Papanate Gold Supporting Member

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    Budget?
     
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    GO TO SWEETWATER....
    and do some research to narrow it down.

    easy peasy.
     
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    rwe333 Supporting Member

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    A grand or less?
     
  5. Papanate

    Papanate Gold Supporting Member

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    If at $1000 -

    Interface -
    Apogee Duet IOS/USB - I prefer the convertors over other brands - the IOS interface feature is
    useful for tracking on the iPhone or iPad - and they are rock solid with Macs.

    Headphones - depending on what I'm doing - tracking or mixing (which I rarely do on headphones)
    my favorites are the following:

    Tracking: Sony MDR 7506.
    Mixing: AKG K 701

    If you buy the Duet used you will be able to get all these for under $1000.

    There are of course less expensive interfaces and headphones that will do
    a decent job for you. IMO these units will provide you with a firm foundation
    for learning the ins and outs of tracking and mixing - where the only excuse
    you will have for a bad sound is in the mirror. IOWs they will keep you honest
    and humble while your confidence builds.
     
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    T92780 Silver Supporting Member

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    Duet II....IS A MUST.
     
  7. GuitarsFromMars

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    I really like ATH-M50 headphones, and the Clarett series from Focusrite. I do have extra headphones: Sony MDR 7506.
     
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    I'm a beginner at this as well. Why the different headphones for different purpose?
    What does the one do that the other doesn't?

    Thanks.
     
  9. Papanate

    Papanate Gold Supporting Member

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    The tracking headphones are closed - so that you get isolation
    from outside noise.

    The Mixing headphones are open back so you get more of
    the open sound with increased airflow ...i.e. not in isolation.

    You can of course just one style - but whatever you chose
    you'll be sacrificing something.
     
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  10. Hurricane

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    You just can't lose with a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 for 6 inputs ( midi & SPDIF ) 4 outputs
    X2 headphones , iOS controllable 2 year warranty - add another year if you buy
    certain online dealers that do that for free . The 8i8 and 18i20 are awesome works
    for the money

    I paid $200.00 for a Second Generation unit new in the box and got the extra free
    added year of warranty from the vendor .

    EZ :

    HR
     
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