Choosing a USB interface

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Member Since: Oct 28, 2017

I need a USB audio interface for my basic home studio. I've a Windows laptop, a Behringer 1002USB desk and a couple of keyboards and an electric guitar (running through a multiFX). I want to build up tracks. The desk itself doesn't allow me to monitor both the laptop output (previous recording tracks) and live input together, so I need an interface.

The Behringer UMC202HD looks fine, around £56. It comes with a basic DAW too. Would this be adequate and let me monitor live & recorded tracks together? This is only a hobby project, I don't have a lot of money to spend.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Nov 02, 2017 02:48 pm

I am not sure exactly how you have this stuff set up, but that new interface you mentioned sounds pretty good.

I am curious though, if you are just recording yourself, and wanting to listen to tracks back and play over it again, why do you even need a desk in the chain?

Listen to the outs of your computer, and just use the desk to go into the computer, so it'll come out the outs as well...if that makes sense.

Since: Jun 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 02:02 pm

Hi....For a DAW, Audacity is limited and a lot of people sneer at it, but it's free and if what you're doing is pretty basic, odds are it's more than enough. Certainly nothing to lose by trying. If you find it isn't working out, many people like Reaper, which you can download for free on a trial basis.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jun 22, 2018 11:47 am

I like Audacity a lot for mastering and editing audio, but for multitracking, while it can do it, I find it somewhat clumsy.

For free multitracking, Reaper is nagware, while not technically free (I paid for a license), it is really awesome.

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