Can you recommend me a 4 IN/4 OUT USB or FW soundcard
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    Default Can you recommend me a 4 IN/4 OUT USB or FW soundcard

    Hi,

    I'm really in need of a soundcard. My monitors are directly hooked up to my laptop at the moment.
    (Yes I get crackling/static occasionally)

    This is what the soundcard should be able to do:

    In the studio:
    -Something decent to hook my monitors up to (they use RCA)
    -Easy to reach knobs for output volume/gain
    -Need to be able to plug in a mic
    -Headphone out would be nice

    DJ setup:
    -1 input for recording the mix
    -1 input for a send/return
    -1 output for a send/return
    (send/return probably with Xone 92, but that's for the future)
    -1 output to go to a mixer channel
    -another output to route maschine on would be nice but not required.

    I asked an ableton instructor what he would recommend and he said I was a fool if I didn't get FireWire, but I think I'm going to go for a USB interface to keep the cost down.

    I really have no idea what I should pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyUsername View Post
    Hi,

    I'm really in need of a soundcard. My monitors are directly hooked up to my laptop at the moment.
    (Yes I get crackling/static occasionally)

    This is what the soundcard should be able to do:

    In the studio:
    -Something decent to hook my monitors up to (they use RCA)
    -Easy to reach knobs for output volume/gain
    -Need to be able to plug in a mic
    -Headphone out would be nice

    DJ setup:
    -1 input for recording the mix
    -1 input for a send/return
    -1 output for a send/return
    (send/return probably with Xone 92, but that's for the future)
    -1 output to go to a mixer channel
    -another output to route maschine on would be nice but not required.

    I asked an ableton instructor what he would recommend and he said I was a fool if I didn't get FireWire, but I think I'm going to go for a USB interface to keep the cost down.

    I really have no idea what I should pick.
    Do you mean a 2 in / 2 out, or a 4 in / 4 out? Ie, do you need 1 stereo channel or 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdcdesign View Post
    Do you mean a 2 in / 2 out, or a 4 in / 4 out? Ie, do you need 1 stereo channel or 2?
    Whoops yea. I need 2 stereo channels in as well as out. So that would make it 4 in 4 out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyUsername View Post
    Whoops yea. I need 2 stereo channels in as well as out. So that would make it 4 in 4 out.
    In that case, I'd recommend a Komplete Audio 6 (NOT a Traktor Audio 6). Technically it's a 6-in/6-out, but meets all of your criteria perfectly

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    For your DJing setup, an Audio 8 DJ would be ideal as it gives plenty of inputs and outputs.

    Since you're using a Xone 92 you cannot make use of the digital outs of the Komplete Audio 6, so that leaves you with only 2 stereo outputs. The Audio 8 DJ on the other hand has 4 stereo outputs, in addition to meeting all your studio requirements.

    Only problem is it's discontinued so you'd have to buy one used.

    Edit: The Saffire Pro 24 would also fit nicely; it has Firewire and a volume dial for your monitors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdcdesign View Post
    In that case, I'd recommend a Komplete Audio 6 (NOT a Traktor Audio 6). Technically it's a 6-in/6-out, but meets all of your criteria perfectly
    MDC you just made me choke on my tea seeing you not promote anything Reloop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by city_boy07 View Post
    MDC you just made me choke on my tea seeing you not promote anything Reloop!

    Maybe because Reloop don't make a soundcard that meets the O.P's requirements. The 'Play' hasn't got 'Ins' required and the iPhono is just weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karlos Santos View Post
    Maybe because Reloop don't make a soundcard that meets the O.P's requirements. The 'Play' hasn't got 'Ins' required and the iPhono is just weird.
    haha karlos i know that but i still wouldnt have been suprised if he plugged something reloop haha
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    Really impressed with the komplete audio and the focusrite so far. The price point and features are ideal.

    The focusrite is pretty cool because it has a FW port and comes with FW to thunderbolt cable. And I like the complete audio because of it's sturdy case.

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