What to buy: Audio Interface/D.I./Cables?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Shlogo, Dec 30, 2012.


  1. Shlogo

    Shlogo

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    Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
    Not too long ago I started looking into recording, and after a little bump stopped, but now I am starting again.
    This time I looked up more stuff and tried to get a clearer idea of what I need.
    Some time in February I'll be getting a new Spector Rebop (been saving for a while) and I'm hoping to start recording right away.
    But I would like to get the recording equipment now so I can mess with it and learn what I need to.

    Right now I'm using a passive Ibanez Gio 5 string and running it through some dirt pedals.
    I'm not looking to run the signal through any amp before recording (so I don't NEED my amp since I'll be flying some times...).
    And I'm not looking to complicate things too much.

    After looking for a while I thought I knew what I needed but now I'm not 100% sure.
    Here's what I THINK I need:
    Audio interface and a D.I.
    And here's what I've been looking at for both:
    PreSonus AudioBox (http://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-USB)
    and Radial JDI (http://www.radialeng.com/r2011/jdi.php)

    My reasoning:
    The PreSonus AudioBox looks like it's simple to hook up and start using.
    The more I read it seems a D.I. cuts down on outside noise interference and the JDI seems like its pretty good for the price.
    And I like how I can run my signal to my computer and my amp and the same time with the JDI.

    But then looking at those I wasn't sure what cable would connect them: just a mic cable?

    As for price I'm looking to spend $400-500.
    And I'm not trying to do super high album quality, just some for fun/video recording by myself and some friends.

    PLEASE correct me if any of this is wrong, if there is something better, etc.

    Thanks!!
  2. longfinger

    longfinger

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    Montreal, QC, Canada
    I don't think you really need the D.I. for the purpose you're writing of.

    On the Presonus Audiobox website it states this..
    > Mixer control (blends the input signal with the computer playback stream for zero-latency monitoring)

    So you can get zero latency monitoring from the outputs of the Audiobox.
  3. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger. Supporting Member

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    I've used the previous generation of Audioboxes and they're good interfaces. I like the Focusrite stuff a bit more though. For recording right into the interface, the Focusrite sounded less sterile and shrill. I can't say for sure if there's a real difference because it was probably my bass/string/style that contributed to the tone change. It's more of an anecdote than anything.

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