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Re: For you software folks....what interface?

Per sed: Should the list decide what model you need? ;-)

Er.. yes please!

Well the problem for me is quite simply... money.
I of course want to get a GREAT result here, but I can see 2 ways to rebuild my studio.

Right now I have a cheap-assed mixer in my rack (Behringer) that is used for live shows and recording the looping set-up. For professional composing jobs, I usually mute everything but 1 channel and record one part at a time, prob no looping. Quite often I miss out the rack completely and record dry instruments and miked up acoustic instruments using a simple NI Audio Kontrol. So .. stereo IN to my computer only.

This CAN DO... but I do want better preamps and recording quality, but could, at a pinch emulate my current working practices at higher quality.

But, If I could choose, I would replace the Behringer mixer solution completely and put a new soundcard into the rack that could be used both as a rack mixer and a interface. But that would have to be 16 channel...
This is why I was looking at the Motu Traveller.. BUT.. Im not sure if it even has enough inputs for me... I cant decipher the techno-babble.. What does this mean please?

<advert snip>
All the right I/O - and lots of it
On the back panel of the Traveler-mk3, there are the four mic/line combo inputs, mentioned above, as well as four TRS analog inputs. Analog outputs include eight TRS 24-bit connectors. There are two optical banks, providing either 16 channels of AADAT at 48kHz, eight channels of S/MUX at 96kHz, or two banks of stereo TOSLink at up to 96kHz. The banks operate independently, so you can mix and match optical formats. What's more, RCA S/PDIF and XLR AES/EBU connectors are onboard, providing independent stereo digital I/O. There's also a 16-channel MIDI interface onboard.
</advert snip>

Remember I dont have any digital things (the Fireworx would have to go Im afraid, to afford it) apart from the Repeater that has a digi out Ive never tried...

HELP!! (But no hurry, its gonna take months before I can afford it...)


On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:46 PM, todd reynolds <toddreyn@gmail.com> wrote:
and to add to Per, whose comments I second,  the actual software mixer and independent monitoring abilities,  even midi control thereof, are awesome! 

On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM, Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
Just remembered I forgot to say....
I didn't buy the RME Fireface 400 because I already had the RME
Multiface. I was actually first looking at the Motu Ultra Light but
when I interviewed a number of qualified studio engineers I realized
that the Motu would not sound as good as I was used to by the
Multiface. And the FF 400 wipes the floor with the Indigo and the
Audiofire2 I had been using for laptop shows. Can't go wrong with the


On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM, Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
> Should the list decide what model you need? ;-)  Well, the RME
> Fireface 400 goes for GBP 711. I have one of those and can recommend
> it to anyone that doesn't need to record with more than two mics and
> two guitars lined in at the same time. There are more input at line
> level though, but if you need instrument level (electric guitar) there
> are two such inputs. It also has the digital in/out stuff so you might
> connect your TC Electronics Fireworx in a digital effect send/return
> loop, which I also have tried and thought worked like a charm. The
> Fireface sounds great. On the pair of my old RME Multiface and
> significantly better then some other cheaper solutions I've tried. It
> seems you get what you pay for and above the RME quality stuff sound
> just a tiny bit better but become way more expensive. If you have good
> studio monitors the good RME sound will benefit your music, if you
> have the musical experience and hours required to tweak it just right.
> If you need eight simultaneous analog inputs there is the bigger RME
> Fireface 800. Goes for GBP 1020. About the same spec's.
> Per
> On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:23 PM, mark francombe <mark@markfrancombe.com> wrote:
>> I have just acquired a film scoring job, and may need to look at a new
>> soundcard finally.
>> I have no money but might be looking to sell a few things to get a new audio
>> interface. I have been lusting after the Motu Traveler as its a mixer too.
>> But alot of you are mentioning RME.. Can you be more specific and point to a
>> model, (and price)

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