What's your favorite affordable audio interface?

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What's your favorite affordable audio interface?

Post by lilnoah95 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:45 pm

I need an audio interface so that I can finally just press that record button instead of having all my ideas drift away into the atmosphere ... I've been looking on craigslist for a cheap used interface that might have more features (8 inputs, MIDI, and bus options would be ideal but I'm willing to compromise) but it seems like most of the ones i'm finding use outdated drivers that aren't supported by current operating systems. Anyone have suggestions for an affordable AI that will have some longevity? Thanks.

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Post by starthief » Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:31 am

I'm happy with a Behringer UMC1820.

Sound is good (honestly I don't think there are audio interfaces that sound bad), features and form factor are good... all it lacks for my purposes is an LED to show whether the main monitor output is muted or active, instead of having to feel the button state with my fingers.

Drivers have been totally without hassle on an 11 year old machine with Windows 7, and a month old machine with Windows 10.

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Post by chaocrator » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:02 pm

NI Komplete Audio 6
class compliant (i'm on Linux) and just works.
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Post by GuyaGuy » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:04 pm

MOTU Ultralite MK3

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Post by kindredlost » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:51 pm

I just got a deal on the older 2nd Generation Focusrite Scarlette 18i20. It has eight controllable (knobs) inputs on the front panel with two headphones and a main monitor pots. Metered LED display for everything and sounds great. Of course it has the typical ADAT and SPDIF etc..

It is USB connected even though I'm using Thunderbolt. No problems here and it comes with a decent control software for setting up the I/O.

Sweetwater in the USA had it for $350 new. Not bad considering it was ~$500 a few years back. The mic preamps from Focusrite are probably their main strength although I rarely use mics in my mostly synth-oriented studio. Still it is a great sounding AI. I have used MOTU, Steinberg and Focusrite and really prefer the Focusrite so far.

Reverb.com has a few used ones starting in the $200 price range now. Great deal.

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Post by seta666 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:55 pm

Presonus studio 1810, 8 in 6 out, plus spdif stereo in/out and adat input for 8 extra inputs. Line level outputs are dc coupled. For 285€ I think it was a good deal.

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Post by slam » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:37 pm

How about a Zoom H6? Cheap, sounds good, and you don’t need no stinkin’ drivers, or even a computer for that matter.

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Post by DCDanno » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:41 pm

Behringer U-Phoria UMC 404HD. Does what I need it to do. Quiet. Got it new on eBay for $89.

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Post by oisin » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:40 pm

i have a fireface uc that i love (not cheap, i know), but at the university where i teach there are tons of focusrite scarlett 2i4s and i kind of like them. thinking to get one as fast and dirty / rehearsal interface.

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Post by fac » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:49 pm

I don't have experience with many models, but I've had good luck with Presonus Audiobox series, but bad luck with Tascams US series.

Currently using a slightly old Audiobox 1818VSL. I think it checks all your requirements.

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Post by sutekina bipu-on » Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:50 pm

DCDanno wrote:Behringer U-Phoria UMC 404HD. Does what I need it to do. Quiet. Got it new on eBay for $89.
cant get better than this for under 100 for sure. actually great interface.

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Post by khyber » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:52 am

Zoom R16/24 as it is incredibly versatile. Can serve many different applications, plus it's portable.

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