5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2008 6:38 AM by Tohu
sozemediagroup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, i'm on a macbook so I don't have all the input's available that I would by using a desktop or a macbookpro and I currently us an audio interface by tascam (us-122) to be exact. Now i've given that thing the run through its paces and it's still going. I even recorded a full album on the damned thing as crappy as it is in comparison these days. So now i'm looking to upgrade to something more in the theme of pro audio. Now I know I can't expect studio quality in a portable device but i'm looking to keep things under $1000 better yet if I can get it into the motu ultralite price range even better.

What do you use to get crystal clear vocals and mixes? I've heard great things about the motu ultralite but since it's been on the market for almost three years i'm wondering if someone else knows of another audio interface that may be better in that price range.

macbook 2.16ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • 1. Re: Audio interfaces question
    clangwork Level 4 Level 4 (2,275 points)
    What you need are good preamps and MOTU has discrete ones but they absolutely are not the best (I have a Traveler).

    If you want to test one buy a cheap Presonus TubePre and see if you like the results then you could choose to buy a new audio interface or a better preamp.

    Mixing is an art but without a final mastering your mixes could sound flat and muddy.
    In a professional studio you can find mastering dedicated hardware which price is several thousands dollars and skilled sound engineers that know how to use it so, if you want to produce something good you could search for a good studio. Usually they have particularly cheap fees for indipendent productions.

    cheers

    rob
  • 2. Re: Audio interfaces question
    Brazeca Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)
    What do you use to get crystal clear vocals and mixes? I've heard great things about the motu ultralite but since it's been on the market for almost three years i'm wondering if someone else knows of another audio interface that may be better in that price range.


    Well, I might be wrong, but it's not audio-interface that makes your mixes crystal clear. It has its own role, of course. I'd recommend RME Fireface 400 (if you are ready to fork out 1K USD or slightly more). As for the sonic quality of mixes, I suppose it's 10% audio-interface and the rest 90& is the use of EQ and other production techniques.
  • 3. Re: Audio interfaces question
    arnaldo depaula Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Well this is all good and dandy but keep in mind most people use presets when mixing their stuff on garageband and logic express 8. Seriously outside of paying educational videos or taking a $995 most user won't learn how to unleash their maximum potential. Since most portable recording studios don't include external mixers and only audio interfaces can you point people into information on how to mix using logic or logic express. To me manually doing so took nearly 8 months but being able to use something for a quick reference would be greatly useful as i'm sure it would be to everyone else.

    Any links?
  • 4. Re: Audio interfaces question
    sozemediagroup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah that would be a great idea, can anyone post a link to a tutorial or something that I can use as referrence for mixing. I really do think thats where my main issue is and I know its done by ear but understanding what one can do with garageband can be very helpful when mixing.
  • 5. Re: Audio interfaces question
    Tohu Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Tutorial for Mixing? Tutorial to a GREAT SOUNDING production? There is none and there will never be. As clangwork said above, Mixing is an Art. You decide what to hear, how it sounds like. This can't be done by using someone else audio-cooking recipe.

    For crystal clear vocals or anything else you need two things. A good PreAmp and a good analogToDigital conversation (AD). You'll find both things in Audio Interfaces with prices around 500-1000. Focusrite Saffire is my favorite.

    I think a good and clean sounding production is even in this times with compressed music (AAC, MP3) an important thing on production side. Too many good songs with annoying noise.