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    USB audio interface question

    Since I'm pretty much prepared to switch back to PC's (don't ask, long story) I need a USB recording interface instead of my current FireWire interface. Any recommendations? I've looked at some of these below:

    PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 Recording System | GuitarCenter
    Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 USB Audio Interface | GuitarCenter
    Avid Mbox 3 Mini and Pro Tools Express | GuitarCenter


    Avid Mbox 3 and Pro Tools Express | GuitarCenter

    The Mbox's do come bundled with ProTools (even though it's an express version and I probably wouldn't use it), I just have no idea what brands to go with or stay away from.

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    If you don't need MIDI there's also the 2i2

    [VIDEO]] Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface: Musical Instruments[/VIDEO]

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    I have the 2i2 and its awesome. I'd totally look at the 2i8 if you need the inputs.
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    Get the 2i2. Fuck Presonus, their support sucks.
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    I have a presonus 22vsl and I really like it. All metal knobs, great preamps, very stable drivers etc.

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    Presonus makes nice stuff!

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    I'm kind of leaning towards the Focusrite stuff as I already have one of their interfaces and I like it. While all I would probably ever need is the 2i2, I'm kinda leaning towards the 8i6 cause if I expand my needs further down the road it'd be nice to have the option. Plus it has S/PDIF inputs for my POD HD

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    Stitch asked me to chime in on this thread:

    Could you not just get a firewire card installed in your PC and run your current/a firewire interface? If so i'd recommend anything M-Audio particularly the profire series above EVERYTHING. Presonus and Focusrite interfaces aren't nearly as stable imo.

    I used to use a focusrite on a mac which had boot camp and it was crap with really bad driver and technical support so I sold it for the Profire.

    Anyway, assuming that none of that is possible and because you only need like 2 analog inputs i'd recommend the Mackie onyx blackjack/sattelite. I think the sattelite is discontinued but its very well priced, very stable with good driver support and you can't beat its features at their price. Failing that i'd recommend anything in M-Audio profire series just because i haven't had a single problem with them and I always ran interfaces in retarded configurations.I think the smallest profire interface is the 610 though which may have extra inputs and be a bit more out of your price range.

    Hope that helps!

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