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    The thought has occurred to me that I would like to be able to make good audio recordings. Maybe recording straight stereo, maybe doing some multi-tracking. I used to have a Tascam 4 track recorder back in the 80's. Anyone here have experience with USB audio interfaces? I'd like one that works easily with Mac and probably Garage Band. (They all come with some propriety software, that I'm not particularly interested in using.) I worry about getting something that will have me perpetually fussing with drivers, etc. I'm hoping to pay less than $200.

    I guess the other option is one of those gadgets that record directly onto a SD card, but I figure, I have a computer, why would I want to struggle the arcane user interface of a gadget with a tiny screen.

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    https://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-AIR-1...29&sr=8-9&th=1



    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1



    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...XJ3Y3DFH&psc=1

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    Are you just looking for a mic preamp? Any of these units look like they'd do that. As you say, the software they come with is pretty much duplicated by the in-suite accessories in Garageband.

    For a couple C-bills I don't think you could go too wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoCoPilot View Post
    Are you just looking for a mic preamp? Any of these units look like they'd do that. As you say, the software they come with is pretty much duplicated by the in-suite accessories in Garageband.

    For a couple C-bills I don't think you could go too wrong.
    Yes, I have an old Shure SM58 and I was thinking of getting a pair of AKG P170 small capsule condenser microphones, and maybe an AKG P220 large capsule condenser. These gadgets would supply phantom power for the AKGs. I also would plug my electric guitar directly in.

    Trouble is, if you google, you will find many, many people complaining, "I plugged it into my Mac and I it wouldn't recognize it, no matter what I did." Of course, these are probably the same clueless people who can't get their Mac to recognize their mouse. But it causes worry.
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    If they're listed as Mac-compatible I wouldn't worry about that.

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