Certainly if you want to impress clients then go for the high dollar stuff..If it's just you doing your thing my advice is go with Focusrite Scarlet or Behringer Uphoria...They play nice with both PC's n Macs and get you a great recording at a great value..Now if you are interested in UAD for their plugins OK maybe...but seriously great plugins in Reaper for the average schmo that will deliver amazing results. So here's the A /B Challenge I recorded the audio from some guys Youtube video who compared the UAD to the Focusrite...If I were to go by the comments the focusrite loses big time....but as I listened to the very first comparison...I absolutely could not hear a significant difference and which one was "better" is certainly subjective...but in this video he's telling you which is which...I'm pretty certain that if he asked the commenters to guess which was which without saying which one was which...the comments would be drastically different... so...for shit's n gigles I broke out audacity and recorded both off of his youtube video and turned them into waves ...here's the challenge guess which one is the Scarlet and which one is the UAD....
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Comparing the two interfaces - it's highly subjective as to which one would be the choice - they both sound good - the UA you are in their ecosystem and your plugins - the Audient you are using included plugins (if you using Logic) and third party plugins. The UA plugs are expensive - but very good - and you have a limit on the amount you can use - The included plugs (like Logic) are very good and you can supplement with Waves, Soundtoys, Fabfilter, Oxford etc..which also sound good - and you are theoretically limited only by your Ram and Processing power.Universal Audio or Audient.................which would have the best pre-amps and sound quality to be used with a quality mic?
I don't know how anyone could make a judgment with that guy's comparison with the hash going on with those vocal tracks. I don't know what he's got going on, and at first I thought maybe is was some artifact that cropped up from your transfer, so I sought out the original video, and sure enough it's present in there too. Maybe some plug in he's using, pitch correction or something, but to me, both sound like crap.
Oh well, the comparison is worth what I paid for it.
I usually stick to what I know. I have an Audient ID14 and was thinking of getting an Audient ID44 which would then allow me to get rid of other equipment to offset costs and improve things. So was just asking as I looked at other makes around the same price range. My set up is only for vocals and no instruments.Comparing the two interfaces - it's highly subjective as to which one would be the choice - they both sound good - the UA you are in their ecosystem and your plugins - the Audient you are using included plugins (if you using Logic) and third party plugins. The UA plugs are expensive - but very good - and you have a limit on the amount you can use - The included plugs (like Logic) are very good and you can supplement with Waves, Soundtoys, Fabfilter, Oxford etc..which also sound good - and you are theoretically limited only by your Ram and Processing power.
So it comes down to your Budget, Workflow and overall goal..
I don't like everything "they" do but I really like some of the stuff and she is waaaay more than just an emo singer...She and her brother are tremendously talented on several levels.Fin and Billie....the first release was the Roland Quad Caprute $100used interface!, of the bedroom studio and the AT 2020 $80 mic..the Where Do We Go and Ocean Eyes... Yamaha HS5 adn a sub! not exactly expensive, just starting out with a 5 grammy album?
The next release, I think on sites show the second release using the Neumann TLM103 mic and UA interface. Theres a video Finn moved to a new room too after the success$$$ rolls in.
none of its my genre music, neither is Slipknot, but the stories and gear are always a fun read....
While Finneas' and Eilish's music became more and more minimalist over time, Finneas' studio setup was minimalist from day one. "I moved to my own house early this year, and now work from a room there, but my setup is still pretty much the same as when we did 'Ocean Eyes'. I still use Logic, and at the time I had the Roland Quad Capture interface, a set of Yamaha HS5 monitors with a Yamaha HS8S subwoofer, and an Audio-Technica AT2020 microphone, which cost $80. Today I have the [UA] Apollo 8 interface and a Neumann TLM103, and Akai MPK249 and Nord Stage 3 controllers. I record everyone with the one microphone. Billie's vocals for 'Ocean Eyes' were recorded with the 2020, which sounds great. It's not quite as good as the Neumann, but I have never found a microphone that I like more than the 2020 that's less expensive than the Neumann. The 2020 is a really good starter microphone."