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most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby jruckaudio » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:48 pm

usually, I hear apogee, or motu, but i've had terrible luck with both of them. on my 2nd apogee and its not receiving input, on my 4th motu (3 828 mkii and 1 896hd) and i refuse to spend any more money on those brands, because they seem to all fail within a year.(details below if anyone cares!)

so what interface can i buy that will not fail! preferably under $500, hopefully cheaper than that, as I only need a solid xlr input with phantom, and some solid balanced outs for my monitors.

I've been looking at focusrite, any thoughts on their cheaper stuff? or am i doomed to a crappy interface unless i spend more than $xxxx

thanks!



my first apogee one had issues with the built in mic, every time you would touch it, there would be a ton of static introduced on the output and i narrowed it down to the built in mic. the second apogee refuses to take any external input unless you put pressure inwards on the breakout. each time i have to pay around 140 to get those replaced! the motu 896hd stopped outputting through the main outs after 2 years in a rack. the first 828 had the lcd stop lighting up, $100 and a replacement, now the replacement stopped powering up after a year, now on my third, its having the same boot issue (widespread it seems)
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Re: most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby webstersp » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:20 pm

RME babyface all the way if you can go a bit higher than 500$ or find a used one on ebay!
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Re: most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby triplets » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:24 pm

For 299 you can get the Presonus Firestudio Mobile.
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Re: most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby jruckaudio » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:30 pm

That RME looks awesome but a bit over my budget! if someone wants to trade one for a broken motu and apogee one let me know!
I only need 1 or 2 in and stereo out anything else is just bonus!
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Re: most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby xpander » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:18 am

I totally agree with triplets. The PreSonus is on sale at Sweetwater for only $249 : http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FireStuMobile/ Keep in mind that this unit uses a FireWire connection. If you don't mind using USB, then either an interface by PreSonus or Focusrite will suit you well. Good luck.

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Re: most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby jruckaudio » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:25 am

thanks for the input, Its looking like either presonus or focusrite, I might go with the focusrite because its exactly what i need (and the same price I was about to spend to get the motu repaired).
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Re: most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:55 pm

The FireStudio Mobile is definitely a great choice for the money. I've been using the Presonus Firebox (FireStudio Mobiles predecessor) for over 4 years with excellent results. It works very nicely with Logic.
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Re: most reliable audio interface <$500

Postby jruckaudio » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:27 pm

first of all, thanks everyone for your input! I narrowed it down to focusrite and presonus, and I ended up with the focusrite scarlett 2i2. Ive been testing it out for about an hour now and i can say the pre's are miles better than the motu and considerably better than the apogee one. the outputs sound a little cleaner than both at high gain. for the price i couldnt pass it up for $150. So far my only issue is no software control of the volume (via the keyboard) but other than that I am very happy with my purchase so far!
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