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#1 TheLemonAid

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 04:50 AM

Hello fellow Logic Pro users,

This is my first post here in this forum, so let me introduce my self shortly. I am an amateur musician, I've been playing guitar, drums and also singing for about 12 years now and I just recently bought a Macbook Pro with Logic Pro 9 as I would love to pursue my dream of recording music. This also counts for my mom, who is a professional guitarist and she would also more than like to record some of the songs she has written her self and this is how I arrived at this forum:

I am looking for an interface for Logic Pro on a Macbook Pro (bought in 2011), which will allow me to record acoustic instruments, vocals and possibly also electric guitars (and MIDI equipment, such as MIDI keyboards, if possible). I am an experienced musician, however, I am not very experienced with recording and, therefore, I am looking for a cheap (Up to �300 or $400) and simple interface that will still allow me to make reasonable recordings. For those reasons, my question is: What is the best interface I can get with those requirements? I am also willing to buy second hand equipment, of course.

Any help is very appreciated!

Thank you!

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#2 Unjay

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:05 AM

Hi, and welcome!

Your question is akin to "how long is a piece of string?"!

There are now so many interfaces out there, nearly all of them capable of superb recording quality, and most with midi functionality.

Main things to ask yourself might be...

How many channels do I want to use at one time?

Do I want a mixing surface integrated into my controller?

Should I use USB or FireWire connectivity (some interfaces offer you a choice)?

Do I want a midi keyboard integrated with an interface, preamps and a control surface? (these do exist and offer excellent portability.)

Some of the sure fire makes are MOTU, RME, M-audio, Tascam and Apogee.

Have a look at this page to get you started~

http://www.apple.com.../compatibility/

And read reviews in Sound on Sound

http://www.soundonsound.com/

And KVR has a hardware section:

http://www.kvraudio.....php?s=hardware

Hope this is helpful! I am excited for you- you are at the beginning of a wonderful adventure... Enjoy the journey!
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#3 Peter

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 09:25 AM

Unjay said it best. Motu, m-audio, Apogee, RME?

My suggestion would be the smaller apogee interfaces.

Apogee Duet2

But again you can't go wrong with any of the above mentioned.

Most midi nowadays happens thru USB so a controller/keyboard with USB will work fine.. Again maybe M-Audio here.

Good luck fun and frustrating times ahead lol kidding ....

And welcome to the forum!

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:58 AM

Thank you for the responses Unjay and Peter!

I've had a thorough look around the brands, M-Audio and MOTU seem to be the most appealing to me and I am reading a lot about them now also. The links to the reviews are very helpful also!

I see that there are still many things I have to learn, such as the balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs, but I will have a look around the forum to find the answers to that :).

But so far, thank you very much!

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:08 AM

You're very welcome! We are all in this together, and, yes, the learning curve can be very steep!

And that is exactly why we have forums like this... They will be invaluable to you; there is always someone who has been there before you!




Thank you for the responses Unjay and Peter!

I've had a thorough look around the brands, M-Audio and MOTU seem to be the most appealing to me and I am reading a lot about them now also. The links to the reviews are very helpful also!

I see that there are still many things I have to learn, such as the balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs, but I will have a look around the forum to find the answers to that :).

But so far, thank you very much!


Never wait till tomorrow to put off what you already did yesterday- for today will come again
same time next year. Never call a doctor when what you really want is a naughty night nurse.




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