My first post here
I'm looking into getting a recording interface to go with my Mac. Could you advise me a bit ?
I'm a guitar player first and foremost.. I don't plan to record in a band setting yet (but I would like to jam with another friend with a guitar). Let's say that I would like to keep my budget below 500$ for the interface but I would be willing to go a bit higher to avoid problems if any..
Here's my requirements:
- I don't need to record several instruments at the same time (i.e. no drums + guitars and so on). I will probably track one guitar track at a time (although most interfaces that I've looked at have at least 2 mic inputs which is cool to jam with a buddy)
- Would be cool to have MIDI so that I could connect MIDI devices to it (such as a keyboard) and play some VST instruments with a real keyboard
- Low to 0 Latency would be killer! I would like to be able to monitor a wet VST affected guitar track in real time (like with impulses) with something below <200 ms
- Firewire or USB ? Since it's a Mac Firewire comes as the obvious answer however the new Macbooks are ditching Firewire and going for USB 3.0 which hints at maybe a darker future for Firewire ?
I'm willing to not skimp too much and get more features than I probably need right now if that gives me a boost in quality, latency, flexibility.. etc!
I've looked at Focusrite 24 Pro and Motu MkIII Hybrid however for the sime price of the Motu I could get a Focusrite 40 (bigger.. more options). But I seem to read mixed opinions about these brands.
I read RME is excellent but it's a bit too much money unless it's the Babyface but it doesn't provide as many ins and outs as the Focusrite and Motu. Also heard great things about the Apogee products for Mac but the One and Duet don't offer Midi..
In the end I'm just looking for good quality, low latency and little problems! Doesn't have to be pristine sound quality though I suppose.. in the end most of the things I do will go on to youtube anyway...
Thanks a lot for any hints!