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inexpensive USB Ai for my new lappy (macbook)

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:31 pm    Post subject: inexpensive USB Ai for my new lappy (macbook) Reply with quote

give me some leads!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Line6 toneport. Not too expensive, easy to use. Comes with its own amp-modelling software which is pretty cool too.

I'm using an Edirol UA-25EX with my macbook. More expensive but it's much better quality, better mic preamps i think, has more controls and stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is so much fucking usb2 shit now.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can i just use a regular mixer with some sorta USB adaptor?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If all you need is a USB based AD converter (e.g., you don't need builtin pre's or any other crap), check out the M-Audio Transit. It's cheap and the converters are reportedly pretty decent. You'd need a little combiner from Ratshack or someplace else to get from mixer outputs (presumably 2 x 1/4-in) down to 1/8-in stereo plug; but from there you're good to go.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

usb audio interface ? what about behringer

i have this, it's cheap, but no mic support Confused


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Al- would i use the M-Audio Transit with my regular mixer?
Kim-is that primarily for instruments?

thanks for the help peeps!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah there's only a guitar image on the input but it takes a mic, i was wrong saying it doesn't work with a mic, i've used it with a mic lots of times so i've no idea why i said it doesn't work. lol it's cheap and handy, not many options it's simple, but i have an m audio firewire solo and that one glitches lots when i use it i haven't used it in ages.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would connect the outputs from your mixer to it. What mixer are you using? The one on your tape machine?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do no...

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Tascam-DP004-Portable-4track-Digital-Multitrack-Recorder?sku=250011
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait.. I could plug my old peavey mixer into some USB convert and be able to record 8 tracks simultaneously?!?!
!!?!?!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cobascis wrote:
wait.. I could plug my old peavey mixer into some USB convert and be able to record 8 tracks simultaneously?!?!
!!?!?!


maybe ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cobascis wrote:
wait.. I could plug my old peavey mixer into some USB convert and be able to record 8 tracks simultaneously?!?!
!!?!?!

no.

well maybe.

if your mixer has an out for each track and you're prepared to splash on a usb interface with 8 inputs then yes. otherwise you'll be using the mixer's normal output and just plugging that into a usb interface, so you'll have one stereo track and you'll have to set the levels of the tracks and stuff on the mixer before recording because what you'll get on the PC is effectively a mix down of those 8 tracks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine has RCA outs for each track. hmmmm...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many channels do want into the computer Gabe? USB interfaces top out at around 4 as far as I know. More than that you need to look at FireWire. If 2 is cool you can get adapters for your RCA outputs--either straight to an 1/8-in stereo plug or transition to two 1/4-in outputs first. He'll, tell me when you pull the trigger and I'll get you the necessary adapters; I owe you a Pinwheels CD in any case.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Al_ wrote:
How many channels do want into the computer Gabe? USB interfaces top out at around 4 as far as I know. More than that you need to look at FireWire. If 2 is cool you can get adapters for your RCA outputs--either straight to an 1/8-in stereo plug or transition to two 1/4-in outputs first. He'll, tell me when you pull the trigger and I'll get you the necessary adapters; I owe you a Pinwheels CD in any case.


i think i will be fine with 2 for sure. and you owe jack diddly squat! though, maybe ai could send you a SASE for cd? i've been mening to get that to a buncha peeps (the cd that is)
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