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Old 12th April 2017
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Best budget Interface for Live and Studio use?

HI! New gearslut here
It has come time to update my old M-audio Firewire interface for something bigger and better!

Im trying to build this rack setup for both live and studio use, so I need USB Interface with atleast 8 INs and 8 OUTs (preferably XLR ins), low latency and ofcourse all the usual stuff MIDI,Monitor outs etc.
for live use I was thinking to route guitars and vocals through DAW with some light processing + MIDI triggering and backing tracks.

Price range I have in mind right now is about 400€ (424$).
So do you have any good suggestions?

What about these two?:
https://www.thomann.de/fi/m_audio_m_track_eight.htm

OR

https://www.thomann.de/fi/tascam_16x08.htm

Thanks!
Old 13th April 2017
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Originally Posted by TuomasM View Post
HI! New gearslut here
It has come time to update my old M-audio Firewire interface for something bigger and better!

Im trying to build this rack setup for both live and studio use, so I need USB Interface with atleast 8 INs and 8 OUTs (preferably XLR ins), low latency and ofcourse all the usual stuff MIDI,Monitor outs etc.
for live use I was thinking to route guitars and vocals through DAW with some light processing + MIDI triggering and backing tracks.

Price range I have in mind right now is about 400€ (424$).
So do you have any good suggestions?

What about these two?:
https://www.thomann.de/fi/m_audio_m_track_eight.htm

OR

https://www.thomann.de/fi/tascam_16x08.htm

Thanks!
i am a big fan of the focusrite stuff. this comparison thing is nice.

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Old 13th April 2017
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Stuff from RME comes pretty much unanimously praised for it's low latency and reliability. However it might be a stretch for your budget, to get the i/o you need. That being said for live use I would highly recommend them, especially with the latency dependant processing your talking about. Any budget cards are likely to leave you out in the cold at some point in my experience. For what it's worth, when I upgrade cards I'm going to get a used RME Babyface, they are about $350~400 and can be expanded to 10 in 12 out w/ an adat card of your choice. Here is an attached link comparing sound card latency.

http://dawbench.com/audio-int-lowlatency2.htm

http://www.dawbench.com/audio-int-lowlatency3.htm
Old 13th April 2017
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Thanks guys!
RME stuff looks really good but it is bit out of budget for this rack build.
I also looked into Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 2nd Gen wich also looks good for price but I have heard some mixed reviews about those, so how usable is it??

I also found this Presonus one https://www.thomann.de/fi/presonus_audiobox_1818vsl.htm
are they any good?

so these are my current candinates

https://www.thomann.de/fi/presonus_audiobox_1818vsl.htm

https://www.thomann.de/fi/focusrite_...20_2nd_gen.htm

https://www.thomann.de/fi/m_audio_m_track_eight.htm
Old 16th May 2017
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Thanks guys!
RME stuff looks really good but it is bit out of budget for this rack build.
I also looked into Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 2nd Gen wich also looks good for price but I have heard some mixed reviews about those, so how usable is it??

I also found this Presonus one https://www.thomann.de/fi/presonus_audiobox_1818vsl.htm
are they any good?

so these are my current candinates

https://www.thomann.de/fi/presonus_audiobox_1818vsl.htm

https://www.thomann.de/fi/focusrite_...20_2nd_gen.htm

https://www.thomann.de/fi/m_audio_m_track_eight.htm
I'm the guy who reccomended RME previously, long story short, I bought a Focusrite 2i4 shortly after posting that. I had a fairly bad experiences with a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB (USB 1.0 Version) I own, so I was hesitant. After doing some research I decided to get the 2i4 anyway.

I've been using it for over month now, it's been rock solid. I use windows 10. That being said it wouldnt work at all on my front usb ports, which I tried to use first.

The drivers seem to be good, latency is good. The performance at low latency is good. Overall the soundcard is solid, and I'm happy with the purchase.
Old 17th May 2017
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i was having a similar problem. i fixed the problem by buying a small powered usb hub. works fine on my laptop also now because of this. i thought i had a bunk unit.
Old 19th May 2017
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i was having a similar problem. i fixed the problem by buying a small powered usb hub. works fine on my laptop also now because of this. i thought i had a bunk unit.
Thanks for the info! I'm gonna see if its an issue on the laptop. I hadn't thought of that, and haven't had a needed to use it on the laptop yet.
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