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Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Dniss » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:26 am

Hi everyone!
I'll ask here because it seems there are many knowledgeable people.

I have 4 synths and I want to record them in my DAW. So I need an audio interface.

What should I get between Presonus AR18 mixer and Focusrite 18i20 3rd gen, strickly sound quality wise.

Cheers!
Den

PS Plz don't suggest other more pricey device. That's pretty much my budget.
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Re: Help my choose between 2 audio devices

Postby ef37a » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:08 am

For sound quality I doubt the two devices could be told apart but that goes for almost any interface these days.

My choice would be the Focusrite because..

It has enough inputs (just, assuming each synth has stereo outs?)

It has ADAT so further expansion is possible.

It has DIN MIDI ports. I assume at least one synth has MIDI?

It is also vastly smaller. A mixer is a very useful tool but more suited to live work or 'big' studio productions?

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Re: Help my choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Arpangel » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:03 am

Another vote for the Focusrite, you can’t go wrong.
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Re: Help my choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:34 am

I'd ask "Do I want faders?". Both will get the job done and quality will not be an issue with either, especially with synths going direct. If you should record any acoustic instruments our vocals the quality will be down to the mics you have available and your room.
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Re: Help my choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Dniss » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:53 pm

Thanks for your kind replies. I really appreciate it.

I don't really need faders since synths have their own volume. Also they're all midi; I read the Focusrite integrates well with the DAW clock.

Don't hesitate if you want to add anything.

Thanks again and have a great day. Stay safe.
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Re: Help my choose between 2 audio devices

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:25 pm

If you don't need the faders then I'd echo the suggestion of the focusrite. :thumbup:
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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Dniss » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:51 pm

Thanks!
I like the Audient ASP800 better but it's over my budget and there's no midi.
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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Arpangel » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:33 pm

Dniss wrote:Thanks!
I like the Audient ASP800 better but it's over my budget and there's no midi.

I’d focus on Focusrite...right?

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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Sam Inglis » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:04 pm

Just wondering why you are not also considering the PreSonus Studio 1824C? That looks like a much more direct competitor for the Scarlett.
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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby James Perrett » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:29 pm

Dniss wrote:Thanks!
I like the Audient ASP800 better but it's over my budget and there's no midi.

The ASP800 isn't an audio interface. It is an 8 channel preamp with analogue to digital conversion which is intended to be used with devices that have an ADAT optical input.

Having no MIDI on an interface isn't really a problem unless you want to keep wiring to a minimum. A separate USB MIDI interface will work perfectly well with another audio interface.
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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Dniss » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:17 am

Arpangel wrote:
Dniss wrote:Thanks!
I like the Audient ASP800 better but it's over my budget and there's no midi.

I’d focus on Focusrite...right?

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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Dniss » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:19 am

Sam Inglis wrote:Just wondering why you are not also considering the PreSonus Studio 1824C? That looks like a much more direct competitor for the Scarlett.

To tell you the true, because I don't know better!
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Now are they equivalent sound quality wise? I'm open to any suggestion.

Cheers!
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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Dniss » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:23 am

James Perrett wrote:
Dniss wrote:Thanks!
I like the Audient ASP800 better but it's over my budget and there's no midi.

The ASP800 isn't an audio interface. It is an 8 channel preamp with analogue to digital conversion which is intended to be used with devices that have an ADAT optical input.

Having no MIDI on an interface isn't really a problem unless you want to keep wiring to a minimum. A separate USB MIDI interface will work perfectly well with another audio interface.

Yes, thanks for your input.
I didn't word that right, I do know you need an audio interface with it. Maybe in a near future because I really liked its rich sound. But getting both modules are slightly out of my price range for the moment.

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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby CS70 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:06 am

Dniss wrote:
Sam Inglis wrote:Now are they equivalent sound quality wise? I'm open to any suggestion.

Cheers!
Den

All these devices are of equal value (and pretty good) as sound quality goes. You really don’t need to worry about it.

The differences lay in features, channel number, usability and ergonomics of the control, ruggedness etc.

Something worth considering is the presence of onboard DSP - while it had nothing to do with sound quality, it allows you to have things like comfort reverb easily without incurring noticeable latency, regardless of what computer you are using.

I just used yesterday one of the interfaces I have around , the excellent Steinberg UR28M, and that made the difference between carrying a Lexicon box with me or not :)
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Re: Help me choose between 2 audio devices

Postby Dniss » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:59 pm

Hi CS70, thanks for your input.

That is the reason I wasn't sure between a Presonus mixer or a Focusrite audio interface. That mixer has many onboard effects. That could take a load off the DAW cpu.

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