We’ve been down this road a few times, but I’m getting into my slow season & would really like to do some recording. I’m used to a Tascam cassette porta-studio & I know they make one in a CD version, but some of you have suggested that an interface is the way to go. I tried one once and didn’t like it, so I took it back, but I don’t think I gave it enough time. It was a pre-sonus 2i2. I’m willing to try harder this time & give it a better chance.
I have windows vista home premium (maybe I should upgrade the computer first ). I’ve been doing research & I’ll need moniters, interface, cables & such. I have an Audio Technica ATM 10a condensor mic & a Shure SM 58 mic (more for vocals). I would like to record lead guitar, mandolin, rythym guitar & mandolin chops, maybe a bass track & some vocals. No drums or electric guitars.
So my question is this to anyone with a little experience: What would you purchase if you were in my boots? I’m kinda leaning towards a Focusrite Saffpro 14 or a Scarlett 6i6. What are the differences between Scarlett & Saffire? Do I need this much of an interface or more? Would another brand be better?
Also, these come with software (ableton). Will this be enough or will I need more software?
As far as moniters go, I’ve heard good things about the M-Audio BX5 desktops. Is there something else that anyone would recommend?
My preference would be to get another porta-studio (CD) & be done, but I know this is 2013, so I’m willing to try something new. One requirement: PLEASE KEEP IT SIMPLE (as can be anyway).
My budget is $500.00 to $800.00 depending on whether I need to upgrade the computer. If that’s the case, I’ll have to talk with my banker & convince her that she needs a new computer (It’s for the good of the family).
Thanks in advance … J.W.