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    I am looking to get an interface but im not sure which one to get. I keep hearing that presonus and focusrite are 2 of the top brands to choose from. Can i get some advice on which is better. Thank u all

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    I like Focusrite, their interfaces come with some great pres. But it really comes down to which specific interfaces you are looking at.

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    You need to get more specific.... tell us your budget - Focusrite in particular go from quite cheap (but still worthy!) devices to very expensive.

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    I have the presonus 1818 Vsl and a focusrite isa one and I think the focusrite pres have more life than the xmax pres but still very usable.

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    I think that's a good point about focusrite and their range.
    Everything I see from presonus is XMAX, whereas focusrite seem to have a wider range of quality.

    I had a firepod and currently have a firestudio mobile.
    As far as I know they have the same preamps, and I prefer them to the ones in my old focusrite octopre platinum LE.

    I think that octopre is close to the bottom of their range though, so keep that in mind.
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    I have the firestudio mobile love it. in terms of just audio interfaces, i quite like the presonus stuff just because it's simple to use and the universal control software is mega easy. However, the focusrite saffires have better sounding pre's, free plugins (which are better than most stock plugins imo) and are pretty rugged. I only went for the firestudio mobile over anything else as i needed a small AI with as many line in's as possible and I couldn't find an edirol FA101 under 300 at the time
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    I got a small 2 channel Presonus Audiobox, i have to say its very easy to use.

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    I've had and others around me have had Presonus and Focusrite. I have a focusrite that has outlived all the Presonus stuff. I just like the quality better and I've always found Presonus stuff to have a sound style I don't care for. Saffire 40 ftw.

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    I have the Focusrite Saffire interface and Presonus Studiolive mixer. Both of these sound great and both are capable of very high quality recordings. My decision on which one to buy would be based on features and workflow.

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    I bought the Focusrite Scarlette 8i6o a couple fo weeks ago.
    It's very good; very easy to use ONCE I set up the headphone routing in the mixer software that comes with it.
    I was flummoxed that the headphone out on the box wasn't set up to use from the factory but apart from that little flutter everything seems to be very good.
    The pres are much better than the ones I had in my previous interface (INCA 8I8O).
    It was quite inexpensive as well.
    I have a sep. presonus preamp (Blue Tube) & am happier with my little Behri Mic100 than with it.
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