& thanks for your input ! i have been looking at :
1 - Lexicon Alpha Studio ( both good & bad reviews !?.. )
2 - Apogee Jam ( limited : no mic in or heaphones out.. )
3 - M-Audio Fast Track ( not exactly sure which, since it seems there are a few different models.. )
4 - the Sonus i2M ( equivalent to Jam but adds some midi triggering capabilities.. )
5 - Apogee One ( heard some VERY NICE sounding recordings on Soundcloud even if slightly + expensive.. )
since soldering ISN'T such a problem for me, i'll start by getting a 3.5mm male plug on the end of a guitar cable to try out how plugging directly into the iMac works....& having that going on, i can go back to agonising over which interface ! ;-)
my problem basically is that there are no instrument shops anywhere near where i live to try out, get advice OR exchange if push comes to shove - sometimes it feels like i live in the Kalahari..
so, i'm buying it online & wanted to hear from people with the same kind of computer/bass/etc..who bought one or the other & have some ''hands on experience'', in order to avoid the ''buy & return dance'' which is SO frustrating & expensive in the long run, you know what i mean ?
hum...choices, choices... ;-)
All of those are very good. I have a M-Audio Fastrack Pro and a Apogee Mic and a few other interfaces like them all. Lexicon is well liked by many also same with the Sonus.
I think you could be happy with any. Just make sure the one you pick supports your Mac and OS version.
thanks for your help isteveus
this being a subject i know absolutely NOTHING ABOUT, i did LOTS of research into the matter & found LOADS of ''horror stories'' about latency, hum, noise, extreme noise, outdated drivers, lack os support, etc, etc...as very often is the case on the web : the people who are happy we usually DON'T hear from them, right ?..
so i started getting a bit nervous before spending money simply to later become frustrated & waste endless time figuring out why, what, where, how....which is something that drives me bonkers, you know what i mean ?
a sure sign i'm getting old ! ;-)
considering the extreme quality reputation of Peterson's products, i'm going with the Sonuus i2M - it's as unassuming as the Apogee Jam BUT one can plug in a mic as well + i just LOVE it's simplicity
many thanks & although a bit early, have a great week-end !
Well that should work. But if you don't plan on doing Midi a audio interface will have some advantages. Better pre-amp, choice of outputs, near zero latency (if needed), gain and pad control.
Of course the Midi conversion could be fun.
i hear you & realise what you're saying but despite the 2nd song not being my cup of tea fact is it sounds awesome & i would like to believe free from latency issues, etc...although these days the trust one can place on ''endorsed artists'' has GOT to be taken with a pinch of salt, if you know what i mean... ;-)
check these guys out :
now where can i buy the part of the brain that allows them to play like this so i can play better ??? at the Apple Store ? i wish....LOL....