*Computer specs: HP HDX16 laptop, core2duo P8700 2.53GHz processor, vista 64bit OS, 4Gig RAM, running Cubase 5
*PV8 analog mixer out into the line-in on my laptop.
*When I am recording or playing back the recordings, the audio skips, freezes, cuts out, comes back, etc really badly and I can't take it any longer.
*Seems to happen when I'm running larger projects with 10+ tracks, and effects
*Buying an interface so I avoid the shitty on-board A/D in my laptop?
Possible products I have found, thoughts?
*Steinberg CI1 Advanced Integration USB Studio $100
*Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface $200
*Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface $500
*Steinberg MR816X Firewire Interface $700(whats the difference between this and the $1k version???)
*Steinberg MR816CSX Firewire Interface $1000
I'm in college, I rarely have the need to track more than 2 things at once, and I only have my laptop for now. Once I graduate, I'll have a dedicated recording computer, etc. I was planning on purchasing the Steinberg MR816X Firewire Interface once I build a dedicated computer in a year or so. So, should I just buy a cheaper unit <$200 for now and then later on purchase one of the 8ch input ones (and use the cheaper one for if I travel and use the laptop)? Or should I just go for one of the 8ch ones and call it done?