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Old 11th September 2012
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Upgrading from a Mobile Pre

I'm looking to replace my Mobile Pre audio interface, because the drivers suck. I am getting pretty large latencies. Currently I have to use about 1500-2000 samples without getting audible clicking and popping, which is just ridiculous. The noise floor is very noticeable as well, there's too much hiss.

I'm a pianist who records the line out from my digital piano, and then use the recordings to help myself with scoring compositions and transcriptions.

Features I need on my audio interface:
  • MIDI in and out
  • Two preamps
  • Headphone out
  • bus-power

Nothing fancy, really. I just want something dependable and with capable drivers.

I'm hoping to spend no more than $350. Is there anything in the market with decent quality pre-amps?
Old 12th September 2012
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Originally Posted by iv0luti0n ➡️
I'm looking to replace my Mobile Pre audio interface, because the drivers suck. I am getting pretty large latencies. Currently I have to use about 1500-2000 samples without getting audible clicking and popping, which is just ridiculous. The noise floor is very noticeable as well, there's too much hiss.

I'm a pianist who records the line out from my digital piano, and then use the recordings to help myself with scoring compositions and transcriptions.

Features I need on my audio interface:
  • MIDI in and out
  • Two preamps
  • Headphone out
  • bus-power

Nothing fancy, really. I just want something dependable and with capable drivers.

I'm hoping to spend no more than $350. Is there anything in the market with decent quality pre-amps?
First, you need to make sure that your computer is optimized for audio. That is a ridiculous setting for the buffer. ASIO drivers, always.

Secondly... for the price, nothing beats the Focusrite stuff. I have a Scarlett 2i2 ($150 new) that RULES. Has two inputs, XLR or line in... headphones, line out, etc. USB 2.0 driver is rock solid... I can get the driver down to 2ms of latency with no problems whatsoever. Rocking Windows 7, 64-bit.

Again, make sure your system is fully optimized.

edit: sorry, forgot you needed MIDI.... best bet, the Focusrite Saffire 24 is like $300... great stuff, plus MIDI. It's firewire-based, though (I think they might have a USB version, I can't remember)... but it requires a power supply (comes with it). You can also go the Scarlett 2i2 route, plus a USB-to-MIDI interface... that would run you less than $200 total. But yeah, everything's useless unless your system is fully optimized.
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