Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2012 10:04 AM (in response to Silver Needle)
So, you really don't want the "best" interface to record drums... you want the best under $1K.
You don't list your Mac hardware, since you've listed Firewire interfaces may we assume you don't own a Mac_Pro?
Presonus hardware sounds decent enough although they're sometimes a little slow getting their drivers right. I would take a look at the MOTU interfaces, they have a long Mac history of reliable performance.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2012 10:10 AM (in response to Pancenter)
Thanks, I'll take a look at the MOTU interfaces. I'll be running it off an iMac. Should of phrased it as best bang for the buck...just looking for something semi-professional sounding. Budget is more a concern at this stage over sound.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2012 12:02 PM (in response to Silver Needle)
Hopefully some others will chime in here... there are quite a few 8 input devices in your price range.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2012 12:31 PM (in response to Pancenter)
The MOTU interfaces are a good value, and as Pancenter notes, they have rock-solid drivers. I've had good experiences with the Traveler, although I'd bypass the mic pres if possible.
And if you're able to spend a bit more, the Metric Halo 2882 also has excellent drivers and noticeably-better sound--it's my fave in the <$2k range. If you can find a used Apogee Ensemble, that's another great-sounding interface, although it can't match the latency performance of the MOTU or Metric Halo. So, for software instruments, the Ensemble is not a good choice, but for recording acoustic drums, a used one for $1300-1500 would be excellent.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2012 2:50 PM (in response to Silver Needle)
I have the old Motu 896. Its a tank. Never a problem !
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to cowbell bill)
Thanks for the help everyone, greatly appreciated. I ended up getting a MOTU 828mkII Firewire used at a good price. Excited to learn how to use it! Thanks again.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2012 5:16 PM (in response to Silver Needle)
The 828mkII should serve you just fine--I used one for several years. The weak link on those is the mic pres, which actually sound decent, but tend to die an early death (search Google for "motu 828 crackle").
The pres on mine died early, but I continued to use the line inputs with no problem.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 12:25 AM (in response to Pancenter)
Hi, thanks for the fantastic overview. I am lost...I bough a AVID mbox mini and it was a disastrous experience. Low recording vol. and then for a software problem with the mac, the hardware is no longer detected. It was such a bad experience that I am trying to send it back to the store and get a new one. I got the recommendation of Audio Control 6 and also saw that MOTU Microbook II...but after reviewing and looking for issues, both have a lot...which one is a plug and play, no issues solution. I also saw that even RME are full of issues online...