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Audio Interface for home recording

I am looking to get a nice audio interface for my PC. The only limitations are: Must have ATLEAST 8 inputs (10 would be perfect), needs preamps (still debating how many I will actually need), and the most I will spend is $900.

Currently I am looking at:
PreSonus FireStudio
MOTU 896HD
Focusrite Saffire Pro 26

Any comments about any of these, or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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What recording software are you using??

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I have Nuendo 3 on my computer, but I had that more as a trial to see how it was.

I might consider purchasing Pro Tools, depending on how much of a deal I can get from it. Pro Tools doesn't require M-Audio correct? (better make sure before I buy it)

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Pro Tools doesn't require M-Audio correct? (better make sure before I buy it)

There are different versions, you choose based on the hardware you're planning on buying.

One of the systems I have in use right now is a M-Audio/ProTools rig. It's got 16in and feeds an Allen and Heath Mixer. Drawbacks are that I'm stuck buying expensive control surfaces when I want direct interface/automation.

Next system I build will be an Ardour System. First off the software is free and continuously being updated. You can download the Ubuntu Studio bundle which contains ardour for free here: http://ubuntustudio.org/

The other nice thing about it is your hardware options. Anything that is ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) compatible will work. Here is a list from Alsa:

http://bugtrack.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Main

Notice that ALL usb devices should work without a hitch. Ardour allows you to use inexpensive control/interface products like the Behringer BCF2000:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-BCF2000-BControl-Fader?sku=701763&src=3SOSWXXA

Add an M-Audio Delta 10/10 and you're good to go:

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Delta1010-main.html

That entire system is under $700USD investment if you shop around.

A more versatile setup I've seen recommended is using a Behringer DDX3216 & an RME HDSP9652. Bang for buck these setups are unmatched.

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Re: Audio Interface for home recording

I forgot to mention I have a 24 channel Mackie Mixer. I don't think I would need that Behringer.

I have ubuntu on my PC, so that is an option. However, I really would like to keep that partition clean because I do research in the Computer Algebra field, and use ubuntu for my work.

No one suggests the MOTU here? I have heard REALLY good things about it from a few people. Just curious, since I am not sure how the preamps sound on it.

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No one suggests the MOTU here? I have heard REALLY good things about it from a few people. Just curious, since I am not sure how the preamps sound on it.

MOTU makes great stuff. I did some work at a place that used MOTU 828's I think attached to their protools systems. I didn't get alot of exposure to them because most of the time I was working on a Waveframe or Pyramix machine. It's tricky even with a 24 track mixer, for $900 all in you have to be creative. Do you want a control interface for the software you'll be using? or will you be happy just pumping the mackies outputs into a soundcard and making any software adjustments with a mouse??

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Well, what I wasn't sure about the MOTU was whether or not I would have to use the Mackie.

I know you can plug XLR directly into the MOTU, but I was debating whether or not I wanted to send my drums to the Mackie, then from the Mackie to the MOTU. Would that be pointless?

I think the MOTU has monitoring stuff in it, so I might be able to just run directly into the MOTU (if I need monitors).

Also, I haven't used a firewire device since my old digital camcorder. Ever since USB2.0 came out, it seems like everything uses that. How will my latency be with the firewire400?

I am building a new computer in November (hopefully when AMD releases their new stuff [not sure if I will go amd, but prices will drop when it comes out]), and am planning on going quad core (i need 4 cores for my research, so no, its not a waste).

My current specs are:
AMD Athlon FX-55 2.66Ghz
2gb of Corsair ram (CAS latency 2-3-3-6 if I remember correctly)
I am using on the onboard audio card, which is really nice, its a Realtk that is capable of 7.1

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I was debating whether or not I wanted to send my drums to the Mackie, then from the Mackie to the MOTU. Would that be pointless?

Not at all. If you have the Mackie already I would use it, it will make your life alot easier. If you run directly into the MOTU and don't have a control interface for whatever software you're using, you are effed. I guess if you've got nothing but time you could pull it off but mixing with a mouse is HELL.

You should be fine with your existing computer. Latency issues are really hard to pin down sometimes, before you actually purchase your software/gear research on the net for people who have the same or similar setups and look to see if any are complaining about unexpected conflicts.

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Check out the FireFace products from RME Hammerfall at www.sweetwater.com

The 400 at $1K may work for you, but you will probably want the 800.

On the Cheap I am using the firewire Berhinger FCA 202 (2 channel) for all of $80. It is 24/96 with unbal in on 1/4" and bal out on TRS. For the money it is a decent piece. I do not use my Echo Indigo IO card any more.

The FCA has a decent headphone amp with vol control.

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I came across this article today. Thought you folks would find it interesting.

Linux: It's Not Just For Computer Geeks Anymore

http://www.keyboardmag.com/story.asp?sectioncode=29&storycode=17973

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