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Best Budget Interface

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Hugues Berger, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:55 AM.

  1. Hugues Berger

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    Any suggestions on affordable but good quality interface? Funny enough, I am shopping for my bandmate...

    You see, we practice at his place, since he's got a house, while I am in an apartment. That's also where we record our guitar tracks and bass tracks. However, he has an old M-Audio FastTrack Pro interface and it doesn't sound great. Therefore, I always have to bring my NI Komplete Audio 6 there, and then bring it back home, and then back there, etc.

    So, I'm kinda tired of that way of working and I'm slowly succeeding in convincing him to get a new interface. However, he's kinda cheap (the kind of guy that doesn't change his strings for 8 months) and I think that even my Komplete Audio 6 is perhaps slightly too expensive for him. It sells at around 300 CAD around here.

    Any suggestion for stuff in the 200$ price range, with good sound quality (good preamps and converters)? I don't think we need more than 2 inputs. Ideally balanced outputs for monitors, and additional outputs for reamping. Something to plug-in a keyboard could be useful.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    I'm very impressed with my Audient ID14 at the moment. I upgraded from a regular-ass Presonus interface a few months ago and the difference was incredible. The converters are top-of-the-line and I absolutely love the JFET DI – it improved my guitar and bass tone vastly (might be cool on keys as well). The only downside is that it only has monitor outs, so maybe it wouldn't serve all your purposes. I'd say move up to the ID22 for the additional features, but at 599 USD that might be out of your price range.
     
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    Seems a bit too much indeed, but thanks anyway for the suggestion. It might actually become a nice replacement for my NI Komplete Audio 6 when I'll feel the need to upgrade for more quality.

    I've always thought there was a gap between the price range of my Komplete Audio 6 and say, a RME BabyFace Pro. Like nothing was available in between. The Audient seems to fill that gap.

    Forgot to mention though, we're on PC, not Mac. In case somebody was going to mention Apogee stuff (which is only on Mac right?).
     

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