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Advice please! (interface related)

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by JACink, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Hi Guys (and gals)!

    I have finally moved and I am in the process of adapting my setup to my new practice/work/office space!

    Until now, I have used a mixer with a built in USB interface, but in my new setup it will be slightly different.

    My setup is as follows:

    All sources (bass, guitar, keyboard, mics etc) run into a Yamaha mixer (through DI's when neccessary). From the mixer I have various outputs going to different amps, monitors etc, and a L + R going to another mixer that controls the inputs/outputs to the rest of the house etc.

    I would like to add an interface into the equation, but I have realised that I am really out of touch!

    I was thinking that I would like to hace a permanent L+R running to the interface connected via USB to the PC (running Win7) but also have an extra input for plugging in bass etc directly, without having to change connectors.

    I was looking at the M-Audio Mobilpre MKII, which has a switch to choose between the rear inputs and the front inputs, but I have read on various occasions that M-Audio "aint what it used to be!"

    I also liked the Yamaha Audiogram, but read also that the direct monitoring is hard wired, so you always get a clean signal (not that I usually use effects, but who knows!)

    I am now looking at the Focusrite Scarlett 212, which only has 2 inputs.

    So now, my questions to (you) the experts!

    :help: Is there anything negative about running the instruments through the mixer before the interface, or would direct be better?

    :help: If I were to use aux sends to the interface, instead of the outputs, I could choose which channel I wanted to assign to each input. Is this a good or bad idea?

    :help: What are your opinions on the Scarlett?

    :help: Better alternatives?

    Thanks to all for any input you may have!!
  2. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Maybe my OP was too long (I do that a lot!) but a USB mixer is what I used before, but I would like to use my analog desk with an interface.

    Thanks though!
  3. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    :help: bump :help:
  4. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  5. Akai EIE...$140 or so from Amazon for the 16-bit version (which I have); there's also a 24-bit version for around $100 more.

    I've only had mine for a couple of weeks, but so far I LOVE it!
  6. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    Toss all your mixer stuff in the closet and get the Scarlett 18i lol!

    It's packed for $300!