🎤 I am planning to make some videos testing various audio interfaces with Linux, focusing on "bedroom producers". 🎵
However - I need YOU to answer a few questions before I can begin my work.
Your input will help me choose devices to buy. Please take some time to research the options - there's a lot that you may have not heard about, that could present great value.
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I am excited that it might be possible to use a focusright with linux, but i am completely confused by the instructions for the survey.
Am I supposed to put a green check under the items I DON'T want to ever purchase?
(Honestly, I've only ever considered class-compliant devices because linux, so I don't know much about the fancier ones. The only thing I'd rule out is behringer for their generally poor behaviour including online antisemitism.)
@celesteh Thanks for your input! I've corrected the description to hopefully make it clear. Can you please check again and let me know if it's better now?
@celesteh Thanks! I'm glad you've let me know so quick so I could fix it before more people got confused!
@unfa I also have some feedback about the survey itself.
(this may sound obvious but I'd make it clearer in your question) I'd only consider to buy an interface if you made a video about it...*and the review outcome was very positive*.
I'm not familiar with any of those interfaces except the one I know. I don't see the point for me to learn more about them / familiarize with them when the aim is you reviewing them. The moment I've evaluated them, I don't need a review.
Checking each interface also looked time-consuming so I didn't bother to. Providing direct links near the interfaces may push more people to actually check them?
The cross mark / green checks were a bit confusing too.
I've selected the Focusrite 2i2 3rd generation,
@unfa (hey sorry: I hope my feedback doesn't sound rude, it wasn't meant to...your work is greatly appreciated)
@pixelflowers Yeah, I expect that one to be the most popular option, even stats on Thomann.de show it's by far the most popular I/F in that class. But I want to review more than just this one device, and also take a look at some lesser-known but maybe still excellent devices.
@unfa I don't know the details of any of those interfaces. If I were in the market, I'd look for one with two mic preamps, digital input, direct monitoring, and preferably midi ports. Or if I got the band back together, the absolute cheapest way to get 16 or so inputs.
@unfa I filled out the survey; looking forward to that comparison.
Would you consider adding the Zoom H5 to the review?
It is of course a mobile recorder first and an audio interface second, but for someone just starting out it is an interesting "One device that can do it all" option. (This is why I chose it 😆 )
@Mightyflea That's an interesting idea. I did not think about it, as it's a bit outside the target price range though...
@unfa Yes it is more pricey; but if you add the price of a microphone to a USB interface, it is not that far off.
Myself, I wanted the mobile recording anyway, so the USB capability meant I didn't have to shell out for a proper USB interface right away.
@unfa (I find the handling as an audio interface awkward, so if I wind up recording at home more often I might get a dedicated interface anyway.)
@Mightyflea I think it might be actually a very nice option for a "studio in a pocket" solution. The first audio recorder / interface I ever got was Zoom H2. It was money well spent and gave me both home recording and field recording options.
However the portable ones are a different category entirely. I am afraid if we're considering it, then we should consider much more. And at that point it becomes apparent this should be a separate project.
I looked into some of these a year ago. I almost bought one, but then choosing a matching microphone completely broke my budget and also my capacity to look even further down the rabbit hole. I would like to suggest giving hints for microphones alongside. Maybe a budget option, a decent one and a "nice" one. Of course this could also be in the form of a "that blog/test/video over there covers it all!"
@unfa I got the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 gen3 working really easily.
Then I needed more inputs, so I got the M-Audio Air 192|14, which sorta works. I can't get it to work with Reaper in PulseAudio, but it does work in ALSA, but there's some clipping. It might work better with JACK, but I don't know how to set that up.
@unfa the Behringer ones are really good (because of the Xmos chip) (And as someone else pointed out - one has to live with the company's harassment strategies). Another honourable mention is the Fireface UCX II - probably the highest quality interface for Linux (and a price tag that goes with it).
@madskjeldgaard I have bought some Behringer hardware before I've learned about their very ethically questionable "business" decisions. I would prefer to not promote their stuff for that reason, unfortunately their gear is the cheapest you can get.
@unfa And one thing that is often overlooked when testing interfaces on linux: Sample rates. Some interfaces have trouble changing to 96k or 192k even though they advertise it because their CC drivers are half assed
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