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Help upgrading my interface and changing studio workflow Amp Sim & Guitar Effects Plugins
Old 4th October 2018
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Help upgrading my interface and changing studio workflow

Very long time lurker of this forum but I've finally gotten to the point where I need personalized advice...

My current interface is a Scarlett 18i8.

Problems:
1) I'm starting to buy some more effect pedals for guitars/hardware synths. I want to use them with softsynths as well. My interface doesn't have any Line Outs which means I would have to use the headphone out which will work fine for now but isn't a longterm solution.

2) Just generally trying to up the quality of my recordings so I figure now is a good time to get a better interface.

Needs:
  • 2-4 Line Outs (flexible on this),
  • 2-4 Line Ins (flexible on this),
  • 1-2 Mic Preamps - planning on getting a dedicated Mic Preamp in the future...
  • <$1500 more or less is fine. Really not sure how much I need to spend here.
  • Does the connection protocol matter or is USB sufficient?
  • I'd appreciate something portable to use for gigging, but it's not a deciding factor.

Anything come to mind? Thank you all for your help!

P.S. - When I'm working on recordings with a large number of tracks am I bottle necked by the bandwidth with my interface, or by computer CPU. I've run into issue in the past where I had 50+ tracks and started having artifacts in my recordings. For that specific recording I managed to find a work around but I suspect it to occur again.
Old 5th October 2018
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