Hi - I’ve got an XP laptop I’m going to try to use for audio recording and looking to buy an interface.
What my ideal interface (spending US$ 300 or so) would have:
1 Good preamps, I’m not expecting excellent or boutique-quality for this amount of money. A two mic input (at least one with phantom power) is really all that is needed, with a separate headphone out that has a dedicated volume control.
But it would be extra nice if it had MIDI input as well.
Zero-latency monitoring would be nice, and being greedy, so would some zero-latency reverb, so the singer could hear some comfort reverb in the cans. I actually have a throwaway reverb box that I could use to get acceptable reverb to the cans, but if this were included in the interface, that would be much nicer.
An included stripped down version of Cubase would be great too (AI or LE) - I have Cubase 6.50 on my main desktop DAW.
I looked at the Steinberg UR and CI interfaces, but they aren’t offered for Cubase XP. Similarly, for NI KA6.
I’m currently looking at the following three interfaces:
** Akai EIE Pro (no onboard DSP)
** Alesis IO4 (no onboard DSP)
** Roland Quad Capture (no Steinberg software)
Would anyone have any suggestions on any of this?