Please help to choose an audio interface

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Member Since: Jan 06, 2010


Could any body help me to choose the right audio interface?

My purpose is to produce a audio CD. The music source is from the karaoke player, the vocal is from my little girl.

What I would like to do is:
in Cubase LE4:
The music track will appear on Audio track 1
The vocal track will be on Audio track 2
I would like to record live and control and edit 2 tracks seperately.

Is there any audio interface or digital-mix recorder help me to do the job?

What I got now is:
Software: Cubase LE4
Hardware: Rode NT1A microphone, Macie DFX6, ZoomH4,Karaoke player. . .

My budget for theinterface( or digital-mix recorder) is 200-300

Please help

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Since: Jan 07, 2010

Jan 07, 2010 10:56 am

try the m-audio firewire 410 interface or something newer depending on your compatibility needs. its easy to use and works great. in fact i loved using it but it's not compatible with my new comp so mine is for sale $75
research the product on the net and see if it will help your recording needs

Since: Jan 06, 2010

Jan 07, 2010 02:28 pm

Hi Mizzfitt

Thanks for your suggestion, $75 is the great bargain. However, I live in UK.

I have an eye on TC-electonic konnekt 24D, Focusrite saffire pro 24, MoTu ultra lite. . . . I prefer good audio quality

I also think Lexicon Omega (no Firewire port), I hear alot guys unhappy with USB ( not Lexicon Omega)
Since: Nov 11, 2007

Jan 07, 2010 03:07 pm

Everyone around here goes nuts for the Line6 Ux2 for its quality, convenience, and attractive price point...maybe that is something you would like? 2 inputs so you can record the karaoke player and your daughter simultaneously if you want to, or you can overdub.

Since: Jan 06, 2010

Jan 07, 2010 07:55 pm

Hi Quincysan,

Thank you very much for your advice

Line6 POP farm Ux2 look solid and the price is much attractive.

I was wondering if I could use with my DAW :Cubase LE4 to record as well as control audio file and vocal file seperately and simultaneously????

Please help

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 07, 2010 08:01 pm

Yep, the UX2 will input 2 separate channels and record them as separate tracks inside CLE4.

The Ux2 will provide phantom power for the NT1a as well, so you're good there too.

and ux2 offer headphone jack, so your daughter (and you, with splitter) can hear karaoke in headphones, sing into MIC, but mic not pick up karaoke signal, so you can tweak vocal signal separate from karaoke track later. This is required, so you don't bleed K track into V track.

Since: Dec 04, 2007

Jan 08, 2010 03:25 am

Yeah, the Line6 gear is definitely a good quality for the price. There have been plenty of happy UX2 owners on these forums. I use the Echo Audiofire4 myself, which I'm very happy with, though it is firewire, and a bit more expensive.

My only (small) caveat about the UX2, is the lack of midi ports. That's probably the only reason I went for the Audiofire instead, even though it's a bit more expensive. However, if you don't use or plan to use a midi device or keyboard, then the UX2 is definitely an excellent choice.

It the Line6 is a USB unit if I remember, but I have not heard of anyone having problems with it. However I have heard tales of people having some problems with the Lexicon interfaces. It may have been the Alpha though, I'm not as sure about the Omega. I think the Line6 is better quality, and it is pretty much rock solid as far as stability goes.

I think Presonus also makes an affordable interface: the audiobox, but I haven't heard much about it. But yeah, I think you would be happy with the Line6 for your purposes, and the UX2 comes with quite a bit of effects software, including vocal processing. So that may be just what you need.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Jan 08, 2010 01:52 pm

I will say only this, USB interfaces have been fantastic to me for about 4 years now and the UX2 sounds like a great fit for your needs.

Since: Jan 06, 2010

Jan 08, 2010 04:52 pm


final question before making a final decision:

Can the Line6 Ux2's effect software and vocal processing feartures be employed as proper inserts within my host DAW ( say Cubase LE4)?

The effect can be used simultaneously for monitor and for processing with DAW( if required)????


Since: Jan 06, 2010

Jan 08, 2010 04:58 pm

May be this is a silly question:
Which Ux2 are you talking about:

Line 6 TonePort UX2
Line 6 PopStudio UX2

Just for sure for the correct order.


Since: Dec 04, 2007

Jan 08, 2010 07:35 pm

The Podstudio UX2 I think is just a rebranded or renamed Toneport UX2.

As to the other question, I believe the software included are VST, so you place them in the folder where Cubase keeps all its VST, and have it locate them. After that you should be able to load the vst effects into a track in cubase. How this is accomplished changes a little depending on the DAW, but that's generally how it happens.

I think I remember cubase having a couple more hoops to jump through to get the effects located and used with a track, but I don't really use Cubase. A number of people around here do though, so they can help with that if the manual gets confusing.

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