Which One? MOTU 896mk3 vs M-Audio ProFire 2626 vs M-Audio ProjectMix I/O

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I'm about to get an interface and am looking at these three units. I am getting this for a personal home studio where I want to set up my instruments to be plugged in and ready to record whenever I want... once I plug them into the interface they're staying plugged and all I want to have to do is que a track and go. I will list my main interface gear below. I will be buying a new desktop pc later just for the studio.

I want to be able to run dedicated connections for stereo tracks for my bass, my guitar, 2 midi controller keyboards - both plugged in at the same time, recorded separately of course (midi), v-drums (midi I would guess is the best way to record them and maybe even replace sounds in the DAW), a couple vocal mic tracks and maybe an extra stereo mic for hand percussion. (I think that's it... maybe). So what is that? 4 analog line inputs, 4 xlr inputs, and 3 midi (not sure how to do the midi inputs)? With these lines in place all the time I could record small jam sessions as well... and if I'm not able to run ALL the inputs together at the same time it's not a huge deal.

The current music gear I have that has interfacing potential:
Yamaha KX8 Midi Controller
Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
Fender Cyber Twin SE Guitar Amp
Boss GT-10B Bass Processor
Roland V-Drums TD-9

I will may be using Cubase.

These are the ones that have caught my eye, I know the ProjectMix doesn't do HD like the other two but it's still nice.
MOTU 896mk3
M-Audio ProFire 2626
M-Audio ProjectMix I/O

Suggestions? Comments?

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Since: Nov 11, 2007

Dec 23, 2010 01:53 pm

doesn't sound like you'll have a need for the Pmix's 8 inputs unless you plan on bringing in a drummer and drums. I use a Pmix and love it, but I only use all the inputs when I'm tracking drums or doing a live session. If you like the control surface aspect of the pmix, Behringer makes a cheapy you could pair with the MOTU or Profire.


SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
Since: Jun 20, 2002

Dec 24, 2010 01:47 am

i did the profire way with the Behringer . i like the pre's on the profire and the ability to connect 2 more lightpip preamps so i could if i wanted to record 24 tracks at once . I'm also a fan of MOTU so it's a tough call .

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