Hello tribal brothers & sisters,
What portable audio interfaces are ya'll loving or hating for use with a Zendrum in a Mac laptop setup? I'm looking for suggestions for a small (half-rack) audio/MIDI interface with at least four inputs (two mic preamps), MIDI in/out; I don't need lots of outputs. There are a lot of inexpensive contenders out there, both Firewire and USB2. I tend to trust firewire better, though I wish firewire connectors to the laptop were less prone to jostling. If folks are using USB 2 interfaces successfully I'd like to hear about it.
I've been real happy for years with my MOTU 828 mkII, but I'd like to leave that racked up in the home studio and go with something smaller now that I'm shifting to a MacBook setup. There are a lot of inexpensive firewire and USB 2 interfaces out there that will do what I need. I wonder what others have had good luck with.
Here's some of the stuff I've been looking at.
The MOTU Ultralite looks great: its $550. http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/ultralite-mk3
The M-Audio ProFire610 is $400. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ProFire610/
The M-Audio FastTrack Pro is a USB interface: $200 http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrackPro.html
Edirol makes both USB & FW units: $200 - $300
Presonus, Focusrite, Native Instruments, TC Electronics and others -some of 'em less than $300.
Any thoughts or suggestions welcome.