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Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:11 am
by Arpangel
I was going to order one yesterday, but thought I'd better run it by the good folks at SOS first. I've set-up a little studio in another part of our house, and it's all there, I just need a cheap-ish two channel audio/midi interface to get stuff in and out of my PC, but I'm reading a lot about incompatibility issues with Windows 10.
I'm looking at the the Presonus Audio Box 96, and the Behringer Euphoria series.
Price wise, and facilities they look OK, has anyone had any issues regarding these and Win 10, or could you recommend anything else that seems to work with this OS?

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:13 am
by DGL.
My UMC204HD seems to work with win 10 just fine, main out's could be a little hotter though.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:40 am
by The Elf
My 'buy once use forever' is an NI Komplete Audio 6 (Mk1). secondhand they can be had for 100 quid or so - can't go wrong for that money.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:38 pm
by Arpangel
The Elf wrote:My 'buy once use forever' is an NI Komplete Audio 6 (Mk1). secondhand they can be had for 100 quid or so - can't go wrong for that money.

Thanks Folks, I think I'm going for the Audio 6 on Elf's recommendation.
I have NI Komplete, is there anything about the Audio 6 that's relevant to that?
I'll check it out on the site.....

:thumbup:

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:49 pm
by Zukan
Tone, have a look at the Foxusrite Scarletts.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:29 pm
by Arpangel
Zukan wrote:Tone, have a look at the Foxusrite Scarletts.

Thanks, yes, this isn't as easy as it seems, the NI 6 has got all I need, but the older ones are difficult to get now, and Win 10 support is unclear.
If this was my main computer I'd push the boat out, but I really don't want to spend a lot on this.
The Motu M4 looks good, but isn't available yet, the Focusrite Scarlett 188i looks OK, if I can stretch to £300, which is a bit more than I'd like to pay. It's tempting to push the budget as we all know, but all Inreally need is two audio I/O and Midi.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:35 pm
by Sam Spoons
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 has those for £140. It should be easy enough to pick up a used example for under £100.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:29 pm
by Stratman57
I can recommend the Zoom U44, does what you require plus can accept the H6 system mics and act as a standalone A/D converter.

Regards, Simon.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:28 pm
by James Perrett
Another happy Zoom U44 user here too but unfortunately it looks like they've just discontinued the U44 so you'll have to be quick as not many places seem to have stock at the moment. There is also the U24 which doesn't have the digital i/o but would be slightly cheaper if you can find it.

If you didn't need MIDI (or could live with a separate MIDI interface) an alternative approach might be to buy a portable recorder that can also work as an audio interface. That way you can just take the recorder out to record on location and then hook it up to the computer when you get back to base.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:31 am
by Arpangel
Thanks, I've already got my Tascam DR100 so I don't need another handy recorder.
There are a couple of candidates, or more, that fit the bill, but I'm unsure if they'll work with W10. The Behringer Euphoria range at the bottom, but Win support could be dodgy, or the Presonus Audio Box 96.
I think I'll order one of these on sale or return, and see how it goes.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:45 am
by garrettendi
My Behringer UMC204HD works fine with both Windows 7 and 10, no issues.

It is scraping the bottom of the barrel I suppose, but I am very happy with it.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:56 am
by Arpangel
garrettendi wrote:My Behringer UMC204HD works fine with both Windows 7 and 10, no issues.

It is scraping the bottom of the barrel I suppose, but I am very happy with it.

The bottom of the barrel is perfectly adequate in these circumstances!
I'll investigate!
Is it 16 bit only though?

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:01 am
by garrettendi
I'm not at my studio right now so can't double check but Thomann says the max resolution is 24 bits if that's what you're asking. It also goes up to a sample rate of 192 kHz.

I can't remember off hand whether I usually record in 16 or 24 bits, but it sounds pretty tasty.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:07 am
by Pete Kaine
They've done some solid work improving the Scarlett's over the generations, at the respective price points the gen 3's offer decent value.

The MOTU's are due next week I believe and the M4's are already sold out for us, they are going to be popular.

Lastly, to note, the gen 1 KA6's work fine on W10, although yes, they are getting hard to track down but built like tanks so Ebay might not be a bad idea.

Re: Cheap 2 channel interface for Windows 10?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:01 pm
by Folderol
Pete Kaine wrote:Lastly, to note, the gen 1 KA6's work fine on W10, although yes, they are getting hard to track down but built like tanks so Ebay might not be a bad idea.

{glances across at KA6 showing just a few scuff marks}
Yep. Still going strong here after having traveled half way round Europe over the last 5 years :bouncy: