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    Well guys... and girl.

    I have a small (not that ambitious) home studio setup, and I'm thinking about how set it up right. When I'm saying right I think of the smoothest way without too many devices, cables, etc, and I hope you guys can help me out.

    Basically this is the gear i need to hook up:
    A pair of reference monitors
    My laptop (running my DAW)
    My DJ setup
    A small 25 key midi keyboard (with both midi out and usb connection)

    I want to it the right way, where I can use my gear without fiddling around with cables.

    So yeah, I basically need a audio interface for my laptop, since I would like to have the ability to record from a guitar or mic. I guess I need some sort of mixer/monitor controller, since I would like to use my DJ setup with switching cables around. I also have a cable from my hi-fi speakers in the living room, so multiple outputs would be essential.

    Since I'm using a second monitor for my laptop I also have a keyboard (you know.. QWERTY) plugged in. This means I'm sort of limited on my connectivity since I now only have 1 USB port left (Thanks Apple).

    So.. How do I hook up the best setup with the least amount of devices and cables for a reasonable price. I don't have my own goldmine, and if I had i definitely get the Apogee Quartet.

    Hope you guys have some great and creative inputs.
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    sounds like all you need is a sound board to bring it all together
    and have the ability to include external instruments, audio inputs, and even extra outputs.
    I use a Mackie DFX-6
    had mine inline for years (1998) i think

    http://www.mackie.com/products/dfx6/

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    I have the Akai EIE Pro, handy thing about this soundcard, is that it has a USB hub built in, three ports to be exact. Which means less cables running everywhere, it has 4 Ins and 4 outs, VU meters (love them) and sounds brilliant.

    Get yourself some RCA to TRS adapters and your good to have your DJ stuff running into it, I have mine running in to one input. And two sets of outs means you can run a set of monitors, and run audio to anywhere else you want.
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    It seems like the Mackie would be a good solution, but isen't quite big?

    I need to check that Akai out, but will it work passive? I'm using the laptop when I DJ as well, so I wouldn't be hooked up to the soundcard.

    Isen't weird that there aren't even a single simple monitor controller combined with soundcard out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brammer View Post
    It seems like the Mackie would be a good solution, but isen't quite big?

    I need to check that Akai out, but will it work passive? I'm using the laptop when I DJ as well, so I wouldn't be hooked up to the soundcard.

    Isen't weird that there aren't even a single simple monitor controller combined with soundcard out there?
    It's powered, so can run passive, I have my mixer run into 1 and 2, outs on 1 and 2 into my KRK's I dont need the comp on to run it. It's a fantastic bit of kit, that I wish I'd bought sooner. Built like a tank too, and handy little feature of the VU's glowing red when you clip the signal.
    Technics 1210 MK2 x 2 / A&H Xone:22 / Shure M35S / Urbanears Zinken / Mukatsuku Record Weights x 2 / Vinyl
    iMac / Ableton Live 8 / Reason / Akai EIE Pro / Adam A5x / Boss BX 800 / Soundcraft EPM6 / MFB 522 / Korg Monotribe / Maschine Mikro MK1 / NI Kontrol X1 MK1 / Akai APC 20 / Novation Remote 25sl Compact

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