Old 06-14-2017, 03:10 AM   #1
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G'day all.
Long time user first time questioner.
Anyways i am looking into a multi track usb interface and am a bit confused as to what to get that works well with Reaper. It only needs to be able to multi track to 4 tracks just not to sure what path to go down. Not looking at spending big $ but would put a budget of around $500ish on it.
Been looking at a few.
Tascam US 4X4
Steinberg UR44
and the PreSonus Studio 68

Have heard good things about the Tascam but then read up on bad drivers causing problems with lack of updates and support. Read up mostly good reports on the UR44 & haven't been able to find much on the PreSonus 68.

Will mainly be used by my wife for recording guitar, vocals & some hand percussion so it needs to be fairly easy to setup in Reaper.

What are you guys using and what can you recommend?
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:13 AM   #2
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there is also the focusrite line of interfaces
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+1 for Focusrite - I've had the Solo, 2i2 and currently have the 18i8. Very happy.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:29 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, will have a look into them.
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:25 PM   #5
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I just bought the Allen & Heath ZEDi-10FX which is a handy small mixer with 4 in 4 out USB2 interface, works well. Available without the FX if you don't need them.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:16 AM   #6
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Maybe you should take a look at the Behringer XR18 and X18. I am very happily using an XR18 as an 18 channel audio A/D for recording plus a session mixer for the band. A great deal for slightly above $500.

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Old 06-15-2017, 01:10 AM   #7
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Thanks guys.
TusterBuster: Is the ZEDi-10FX just a mixer or can it be used for multi tracking as well?
Michael: The Behringer is way out of my price range. In Australia they are going for up to $1000. Bought a Behringer Xenyx Q1002USB and was not happy with it, very noisy unless levels are set spot on and have to do funky routing to hear what is being played in reaper while trying to record with headphones. Kind of put me off them a bit. Just my experience.
Also didn't realize there was difference between a usb mixer and multi track at the time, but that's my fault.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:32 AM   #8
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Default IF 8 tracks will do...this might work well

I've been using a Line6 UX-2 but just acquired a Roland Octa-Capture with autosensing that I am REALLY enjoying. You might look at this one or its smaller 4 input Quad-Capture (although for the money the 8 input seems like a better deal to me). Seamless into Reaper, very Windows 7 friendly.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:05 AM   #9
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Cheers for that, Will have a look at them.
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I'll 3rd the Focusrite interfaces. I recently got the 18i20 and am amazed at the routing capabilities.
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I'll 3rd the Focusrite interfaces. I recently got the 18i20 and am amazed at the routing capabilities.
+ Me. First gen 18i20 and happy as a clam.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:44 PM   #12
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Hi Robbie.

The Allen & Heath ZEDi-10 is a USB interface which can send 4 simultaneous recording tracks to your DAW and can receive 4 tracks back from it, at 96Khz/24bit. It is also a neat little mixer with 4 mic inputs, two of which can also accept guitars directly, and two stereo inputs (though one is used for returning USB audio). You can choose it with or without on-board FX (delay, reverb, chorus etc.)

I've only had it a couple of weeks but I am really pleased. It sounds good and does exactly what I need. It is the same price as stand-alone USB interfaces with 4 ins and outs, and allows a lot more flexibility for recording.

Good luck with your choice.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:00 AM   #13
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Thanks all for the info.
Appears to be a fair bit of love for the Focusrite line, am leaning towards the 18i8 at the moment and just seen there is a special on at the moment at one place for $459 until the end of the month.
Thanks TusterBuster for the clarification on that. I burnt myself in the past thinking multitrack and mixers did the same thing.
Decision time.
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