Audio Interface


#1

As I read many articles online about Home Studio, I came to know that the three basic things are necessary:

1. Microphone

2. Audio Interface

3. Software

I've searched microphones already and now I'm looking for an audio interface, suitable for a home studio. I have two options:

a. Mbox Mini2 (http://www.avid.com/US/products/Mbox-2-Mini)

b. Fast Track (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrack.html)

unfortunately, I couldn't find any of them. Is there any good market or shop deals with audio interface?

(thanks in advance)


#2

What is your budget? There are better interfaces than the one's you have chosen. You probably won't be able to find any local shops that have them. I'll tell you a website from which you can order & they deliver to pakistan, i've ordered a lot of stuff from them over the years.

Just tell me your max budget & what kind of recording do you intend to do exactly? If you need to record more than one thing at a time etc. Also mention if you would prefer a USB or Firewire interface. Firewire has the advantage of being bus powered (you won't need an external AC adaptor with it) & slightly faster.


#3

My budget is not much high... just around 20K. I know, Firewire interface is better than USB interface but as I know, it's more expensive too. I'm not going to build a high class studio... just a small home studio, mostly will be used for vocal recording only.

The reason that I'm preferring above mentioned interfaces is that both of them have a "Pro Tool" (Audio Recording Software)'s CD in their bundle package.... otherwise, I'll have to purchase that software... and it means, more money :P


#4

That means your budget is around $200 which is good enough i think. Pro Tools isn't the only recording software out there, although it is quite widely used.

You could also buy an interface that comes bundled with Steinberg Cubase AI 5:

Steinberg CI2:

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/hardware/ci2.html

This will have better preamps (means better recording quality) than the interfaces you mentioned. However if you already have some experience with Pro Tools & want to stick to it you won't have many choices, as Protools only works with certain hardware. Whereas Cubase will work with virtually any hardware/software plugins.

You can order from www.jrrshop.com, they ship to pakistan. When you're checking out your order enter 'Forum' in the place marked 'Enter Redeem Code', this will give you a 10% discount on the price. So it'll cost you $179, so with shipping it should come under your budget of 20k.


#5

No, I don't have any experience with Pro Tools at all. actually I'm new in this field. my information is mostly limited as I read just http://homerecording.about.com/. That's why, I'm writing here. Thank you for your guidance... I'm still searching and reading :)

how's your experience with jrrshop.com? how much they charge for shipment in Pakistan?