4 mic input
Any help appreciated!
Yes, i really DO want 4 separate inputs for 4 separate tracks.
I'm seeing some possibilities with Tascam and Behringer...
get something with decent pre-amps and A-D converters, spending 300-400 bucks on such a device is really not too much IMO - of course you may spend way more, too :)
yes, you are looking at the administrators signature.
Appreciate the helpful pointers, Guys - thanks so much.
I've got the Focusrite Scarlett that Dick recommends, it's a great trouble free unit, the only downside is that it is a bit big. I'd recommend Focusrite over Steinberg for the Mac, since Steinberg always takes ages to update its drivers when a new version of MacOS comes around, whereas Focusrite uses native MacOS drivers, which don't need updating.
This. Ensure the device supports Apple's Core Audio. It's proven, works out-of-the-box and is, to me, faultless.
You could also consider second-hand interfaces. If they support the discontinued Firewire connectivity (which is why they're often cheaper), Macs support them via an adapter cable into one of the Thunderbolt ports. My 8-in Terratec Phase88 device I record my drums with (I use 7 inputs concurrently) is a Firewire 800 machine which I connect via the Thunderbolt port and a Firewire-Thunderbolt adapter (OK, that cost me £25). It has never caused me any problems or any latency issues. I paid £95 for the interface second-hand from a chap on Basschat...
Edited by mpointon on 14-09-2017 12:29
If you do want to get new hardware, I'm very pleased with my 2014 Mac Mini, 16GB RAM, 128/1T fusion drive which I use for recording at home with the Focusrite, but any newer Mac or Macbook should be just fine.
The latest MBPs only have USB-C ports on them so I can't vouch for their interoperability.
The era of MBP I have is the last of the ones before Apple really changed them round. It has a quad core processor, 256 SSD and 16GB of RAM and has no problem running the latest MacOS (Sierra). It has two USB-3 ports and two Thunderbolt ports on it. I use Reaper to record with. It's a lot cheaper than the £200 for Logic but if that's what you're used to, it may be worth sticking with.
As said above, your machine is able to have drives changed, RAM upgraded etc whereas you can't do that on mine. It may work but, off the top of my head, I'm not sure if your era machine can take advantage of an SSD being put in it - I'll look around for the answers. There is no benefit to putting an SSD in a machine if it physically can't take advantage of its speed.
Edited by mpointon on 14-09-2017 17:55
I am very satisfied with the device! Good quality for that price!
What computer do you use, Marc?
Windows 10 is installed, got a i7 processor and 16 gig of ram. works good!
I only use it for music and edditing some video's for work!
My DAW is Cubase 9. A strong processor and enough RAM is great to have on a computer but when the specs are a bit lower it will still work and do the trick good enough!
Cheers and good luck with your new gear!
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