newbie needs guidance

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Member Since: Mar 09, 2007

I've done some research but I just can't figure out what to buy. I'm also on a budget and just want to be able to record with some decent sounding results. I'm new to this so I apologize if my questions are dumb or don't make any sense.

I have the following right now.
Laptop (2.16GHZ, 2.00GB RAM)
2 Decent Condenser Mics
Cubase LE
Acoustic Guitar
Electric Guitar

I would like to acomplish the following.
1. Record my acoustic with the condenser mics.
2. Record my electric going through an amp modeler.
3. Eventually record bass and vocals and probably add drums electronically.

Here are the options I've come up with.
1. M-audio Black Box. This has both modeling and an audio interface. Also, allows direct monitoring meaning no latency issues right? Does not have XLR inputs with phantom power though. I need that for the mics right?
2. Line6 toneport UX2. This really has everything I need but I believe the modeler is software based. Will this give me latency issues?
3. Behringer V-amp2 and separate audio interface. The V-amp2 sounds good for the modeler and it's cheap but how do you connect it to an audio interface and does anyone have suggestions for a good inexpensive interface? Remember I'd really like to have the mic inputs too.

Obviously I'm concerned with the whole latency thing. Should I be with these set-ups?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 09, 2007 08:29 pm

I'd head right for the UX2 without looking back. Many on here (a few of the admins) have been using one, and can't seem to stop raving =).

Seriously, I don't think you'll be as happy with the vamp, as dB had one, then went to a pod and was greatly impressed. The UX2 is also line6 so modelling probably will be pretty similar.

I'm not sure about the black box, but without preamps, you'll be adding them later. Might as well get them now with the UX2.

Plus, the UX2 gives you modelling for mics, and for bass too. I would think people would have griped about latency, but I haven't heard anything, so I wouldn't be hesitant.

my .02$us

edit * oh yeah, welcome to the HRC.

Since: Mar 09, 2007

Mar 10, 2007 03:28 pm

Thanks pjk. As long as there are no latency issues it sounds like the UX2 will be perfect.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 10, 2007 10:33 pm

Noize2U and dB can comment on that, though i haven't heard any complaints, so I'd be pretty confident to say it's not an issue.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 10, 2007 10:40 pm

Hello, mx222, I welcome to HRC. In my opinion a UX2 qwould be the best option. the Berry Vamp is OK but Line 6 models are FAR superior and well worth the additional investment.

The one thing you don't mention is the sound card, do you plan to use the UX2 (or whatever) for the sound card or do you plan to get something else?

I have bought the KB37 I reviewed from Line 6, which is a UX2 with a keyboard controller and there is virtually no latency whatsoever with it. I addition it models bass, guitar and vocal preamps, now, how cool is that!

Since: Mar 09, 2007

Mar 11, 2007 04:54 pm

Thanks for replying. I intend on using the UX2 as the sound card I think. It is a soundcard also right?

I put a post in the gear gab section as well but maybe you could help me out here.

Mar 10, 2007 05:44 pm

I'm new to recording so please bear with me. This question probably pertains to any audio interface but I'm leaning towards the UX2 because of a previous post pjk so helpfully replied to. I just want to understand how this works.
guitar>ux2>usb cable>computer>gear box software for modeling>recording software>usb cable>ux2>monitors or headphones
Is that correct and if so... is it correct that when I strum the guitar I will hear it through the monitors or headphones at the same time with the modeling applied?
If not... how does it work?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 15, 2007 08:33 pm

Hey mx, yes it is a sound card as well. And a very high quality one to boot. I use the UX-2 almost more now then my other bigger interfaces, and more then my fully loaded PODxt. I love the pre amp models for both plugging in and miccing my acoustic. The bass modesl are killer as are the guitar amp models. But indeed the pre amps are my favorite and most used. It would take some pretty heavy cash to own what they duplicate in there.

And your cable run is correct. I use it both ways. Via USB and also direct line outputs to a mixing desk and into another interface.

Since: Mar 09, 2007

Mar 19, 2007 12:01 pm

Thanks alot Noize and pjk. I'll be back asking questions as soon as pick one of these up I'm sure. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. This is a great website.

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