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Best audio interface for Mac Books

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Oct 24, 2009 8:57 PM
Greetings All!

I'm very new to the Mac world, and am trying to set up a Home Recording Studio. The things I record are usually up to 16 tracks of analog audio.

I am still deciding which Mac to use, but this is a subject to another thread (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2179037&tstart=0). So far, I'm leaning towards a Mac Book Pro 15".

In this case, for a Mac Book Pro, which audio interface would you recommend?

Thanks in advance!
Still deciding which Mac to buy..., Currently trapped in the PC World :-(
  • John Alcock Level 5 Level 5 (5,025 points)
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    Oct 24, 2009 10:46 PM (in response to GreetingsFromBrazil)
    Just to clarify my previous post, 16 tracks of analog audio input


    At the same time? Or total, with just a few simultaneously?
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  • bozywaka Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2009 11:39 PM (in response to John Alcock)
    Check out http://forum.recordingreview.com/ very interesting.
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  • spheric Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 7:10 AM (in response to GreetingsFromBrazil)
    A USB interface is well able to handle that load.

    My Tascam US-428 did four channels in and two out wonderfully on a G3 iMac 400 MHz over USB 1.0 back in 2000.

    If you want a little more flexibility down the road - a couple more channels etc. (it might be nice to have a few more channels than four available for recording a drumkit, for example, or a second set of outputs for routing stuff to external effects without having to switch cables) - the Presonus FireBox is a pretty good bang for the buck. Not high-end, but not bad.

    Needs no driver installation, so no waiting months for the manufacturer after a system upgrade, and no problems just hooking it up to another machine when needed there.

    Firewire, though.

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  • John Alcock Level 5 Level 5 (5,025 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 9:32 AM (in response to GreetingsFromBrazil)
    For your budget and requirements, I'd first look at Echo Audio and secondly Focusrite.

    You'll probably also want an external hard drive for your projects, and if your budget can stretch a little, I'd opt for the 17" MBP only because it has an ExpressCard/34 slot which would greatly help future expandability.
    2.5 Dual PMac 8GB - Raptor HDs Apogee AD/DA 16X, Mac OS X (10.4.11), MacPro 3.0 GHz 16GB 10.5+

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