View Poll Results: What's your favorite budget portable audio interface?

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  • PreSonus Firebox

    123 30.60%
  • M-Audio 410

    43 10.70%
  • Digidesign MBox

    34 8.46%
  • Focusrite Saffire

    25 6.22%
  • Edirol UA25

    20 4.98%
  • Mackie Spike

    7 1.74%
  • Other (Please Specify)

    150 37.31%
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Thread: What is your favorite USB/Firewire Interface?

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    What is your favorite USB/Firewire Interface?

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    I'm looking to buy a portable audio interface and was wondering what everyone would suggest.

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    ill go 1st. As far as the interface isself, i like the firepod more than the mbox as i have used both. The software bundled is a diff story, but i like my firepod. Pres are a lot higher quality than i expected, and having everything in your face helps.

    Also, if u plan on recording drums, the 8 mic pres helps out!

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    I use the Firebox and for $299 it's a steal. First class mic pre's and two line inputs with 6 outs - not counting the (almost) useless SPDIF I/O - give me every thing I need. If I need to mic a drum kit I use an external mixer and patch it in thru the line inputs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssscientist
    I use the Firebox and for $299 it's a steal. First class mic pre's and two line inputs with 6 outs - not counting the (almost) useless SPDIF I/O - give me every thing I need. If I need to mic a drum kit I use an external mixer and patch it in thru the line inputs.
    Just curious, why is the SPDIF I/O useless? Is it one of those deals where it's either digital or analog i/o but not both?
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    I think Mackie might be taking over that market now with the release of the 400f. I just don't see anything being able to compete with that in the lower price bracket.

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    Onyx 400F

    The Mackie 400F is a little more expensive than the firepod, I'm glad this purchase was relatively inexpensive (699). Even if they drop the price later to match the Presonus firepod I can rest assured The Onyx Pres and 24-bit/192kHz AKM 5385 and 4358 audio converters are worth the extra 100 Bucks. That is assuming I don't run into the same type of problems the Spike users have encountered.

    I realize the 400F is hard to find. However, I just picked one up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobs
    The Mackie 400F is a little more expensive than the firepod, I'm glad this purchase was relatively inexpensive (699). Even if they drop the price later to match the Presonus firepod I can rest assured The Onyx Pres and 24-bit/192kHz AKM 5385 and 4358 audio converters are worth the extra 100 Bucks. That is assuming I don't run into the same type of problems the Spike users have encountered.

    I realize the 400F is hard to find. However, I just picked one up.

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    Whoa! You have a 400F in your posession right now? Where did you buy it from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by therage!
    Whoa! You have a 400F in your posession right now? Where did you buy it from?
    I had all but given up hope on Mackie releasing this thing.
    Answering myself here..

    People are finding them!

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    400F available

    Yeah, I got it at a local Guitar Center store. I got the only one. Just get your feelers out there and be ready to jump when you find one.

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    I'm trying to decide now between a M-Audio 410 and the Firebox. They seem fairly similar. I'm surprised that the 410 has gotten no votes, but maybe nobody's using them at the moment.

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