1. avatar remedy malahide
    I'm looking to get set up with a basic recording rig for creating demo tracks, guitar and vox (just using samples for the drum sounds). At present I use a laptop with the original 'soundcard' (1/8" input) and Acid Pro 4 software. I run the guitar signal into my old AVT50 head and DI it into the wee jack on the front of the laptop. Its cumbersome and wire comsuming but when overdubbing guitars it creates loads of noise .
    I'm hoping to get an interface which will take (at least) 1 standard guitar input and 1 XLR but of the dozens that I've seen online I'm really none the wiser, and to make it worse I can only spend a worst case scenario amount of 70.
    Does anyone have much experience with these USB interfaces? Any recommendations?
    These took my fancy, but the general reviews were not great:
    M-AUDIO FAST TRACK USB
    [url]http://www.thomann.de/gb/m-audio_fast_track_usb.htm[/url]
    ESI U46 SE
    [url]http://www.thomann.de/gb/esi_u46_se_retour.htm[/url]
    Does the USB lead typically transfer the 'audio' signal into the laptop or is it just a means of powering the interface?
    Cheers in advance.
  2. avatar Recycled Alien
    Yes, the interface box digitises the signal and transfers it digitally over the USB cable.

    I have a wee M-Audio JamLab, which has just a single guitar input. Costs about 20. I haven't tried anything particularly demanding but it seems OK.
  3. avatar nocturn
    I would go with M-Audio, generally cheap reliable, and really bloody good.
  4. avatar digmo
    I had the M-audio but moved to the Native Instruments Guitar Rig Session - don't let the name confuse though as it has XLR in etc. Really great build quality although a little more expensive. Works really well though. Review here [url]http://www.amuze.me/news/creation/guitar-rig-3-session-review/[/url]
  5. avatar remedy malahide
    [quote:d4cea779ff="Recycled Alien"]Yes, the interface box digitises the signal and transfers it digitally over the USB cable.

    I have a wee M-Audio JamLab, which has just a single guitar input. Costs about 20. I haven't tried anything particularly demanding but it seems OK.[/quote:d4cea779ff]

    Ahh...I haven't seen that one yet, Behringer seem to do something similar for about 40, I guess I could always get a XLR to 1/4" connection for vocals. Have you tried to put vox down using the JamLab?

    Sorry I forgot to add, do you reckon the JamLab would work with Acid Pro or will it only work with the provided software? Its a tricky piece of equipment to trace locally, seems to be only sold in America.
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  6. avatar remedy malahide
    [quote:49df55e323="digmo"]I had the M-audio but moved to the Native Instruments Guitar Rig Session - don't let the name confuse though as it has XLR in etc. Really great build quality although a little more expensive. Works really well though. Review here [url]http://www.amuze.me/news/creation/guitar-rig-3-session-review/[/url][/quote:49df55e323]

    Seems class but defo out of my price range :( . What M-Audio unit did you have before you switched?
  7. avatar Recycled Alien
    [quote:4b9d53a07a="remedy malahide"]Ahh...I haven't seen that one yet, Behringer seem to do something similar for about 40, I guess I could always get a XLR to 1/4" connection for vocals. Have you tried to put vox down using the JamLab?

    Sorry I forgot to add, do you reckon the JamLab would work with Acid Pro or will it only work with the provided software? Its a tricky piece of equipment to trace locally, seems to be only sold in America.[/quote:4b9d53a07a]Looks like it might have been discontinued. I got mine from Thomann, and it's not on their site now.

    I like their T.Bone USB 1G & 1X - just cables! (The electronics must be built into the plug part.)

    The JamLab has no volume control, so it's set for "instrument" volume levels, not "mic". I just tried it for recording with a microphone plugged directly in and it was far too quiet. I think your original idea of getting a device with both instrument and microphone inputs was correct.

    Any device you buy will come with the drivers to make it show up as a normal audio device, so it should work with all your software. I don't use Windows or OS X, so I can't give any advice.
  8. avatar digmo
    I had the std fasttrack. It worked perfectly there was no reason to change other than the software with the NI unit. The build quality is definitely better with NI but if you are not moving it about that is not much of an issue anyway ?
  9. avatar aaronrossi
    I had the toneport UX2 which was a little more expensive but I loved it. V easy to setup and use and had a guitar-rig-esque VST with it as well...

    Line 6 seem to do this stuff pretty well.
  10. avatar remedy malahide
    [quote:3d8d029813="Recycled Alien"]
    I like their T.Bone USB 1G & 1X - just cables! (The electronics must be built into the plug part.)[/quote:3d8d029813]

    For a tenner each these cables will be perfect, and it'll give me time to save some more dough if I decide to take this recording thing further.

    [quote:3d8d029813]Line 6 seem to do this stuff pretty well. [/quote:3d8d029813]
    Yeah, I've been considering a Line 6 purchase for a while now, mainly one of the POD units, but the toneport range seem to offer the POD features and them some.

    Cheers for the advice peeps.