Dang....my backing vocalists are bats and drummer is a hedgehog. :headbang:ef37a wrote:James Perrett wrote:TNGator wrote:Is the sample rate a critical factor guys? Native Instruments have a model with 192Khz and Presonus have one with only 90 something K.
Anyone offering 192kHz sample rate in a budget interface is doing it strictly for marketing purposes. While there are good reasons for using a slightly higher sample rate than 44.1kHz, even 96kHz could be considered higher than necessary for audio. There is very little useful signal above 20kHz unless you are conducting scientific research into bats or whales. Plenty of good recordings are still made at 44.1kHz or 48kHz sample rates.
I tend to agree James but like "Class A pre amps" and "rms" watts if you don't offer these things the punters don't consider your gear!
Same goes for mic pre amps that sail past 200kHz. No earthly reason for it unless you want to record bats* (and even then you would get a bat detector!)
The most important specification perhaps is noise floor? Should be -100dB fs or better. Not that a worse spec would ever likley be a problem but a low noise floor shows a certain care in the construction?
Good, low latency, stable drivers are a must and Native Instruments excel at those.
*I would like to capture the ultrasonic doings of hedgehogs. Anyone know of a mic that goes past 50kHz, is waterproof and costs about ten bob?
Thanks Dave...the latency and driver issues are KEY for me. If NI are really good on this I'll deffo check them out. The presonus is ony 88 euro. but if spending say 150 to 200 gets you a far better NI piece of kit then its worth it. Sometimes just jumping for the cheap option isnt always a good idea when you look at the big picture.