PDA

View Full Version : Mobile USB with mic preamps..



lex
03-31-2003, 07:02 AM
Hi all.....

Anybody tried out the new m-audio mobile pre USB unit?

http://www.m-audio.com/products/m-audio/mobilepre.php (\"http://www.m-audio.com/products/m-audio/mobilepre.php\")

It is redicilously cheap and the features are great...so I have to ask myself how bad the sound must be..LOL!

Seriously..if anybody heard it please share the wisdom...

Thanks,

Alex

SteveHanlon
03-31-2003, 07:33 PM
Haven\'t tried it but soon the Firewire 410 by m-audio will be out. It has two mic pres (4 inputs altogether), 10 outs, two headphone outs, SPDIF and midi in/out... here\'s the preview link

http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM03/Content/MAudio/PR/FireWire-410.html (\"http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM03/Content/MAudio/PR/FireWire-410.html\")


Seems Firewire might be the better way to go than USB. Same company, so prolly same preamps and support and driver dependability.

lex
04-01-2003, 01:09 AM
Thanks Marty,

That one looks much more serious...but it\'s not mobile, it needs AC power...

MobilePre is USB powered.... images/icons/smile.gif

Alex

SteveHanlon
04-01-2003, 06:38 AM
Ahhh! Thanks, lex for saying that. I hadn\'t thought of the power issue. Hmmm.

Has anyone been able to record two parts simultaneously with USB soundcards? That\'s what I\'m afraid it can\'t do. Even just two mic set-up without hassle would suffice.

lex
04-01-2003, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by Marty:
Ahhh! Thanks, lex for saying that. I hadn\'t thought of the power issue. Hmmm.

Has anyone been able to record two parts simultaneously with USB soundcards? That\'s what I\'m afraid it can\'t do. Even just two mic set-up without hassle would suffice. <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Well thats what I\'m searching for too..
I\'m pretty sure that it\'s posible to do.
I\'ll check more, but I\'m pretty sure that M-Box + Pro Tools + PowerBook can pull of at least 2 tracks at a time...

I know the M-Box is good, but This Mobile Pre is so darn cheap.. images/icons/smile.gif

Alex

lex
04-01-2003, 02:07 PM
Originally posted by Arnie Schachere:
There\'s actually a pretty cool new piece coming out shortly from Tascam called the US-122. They worked with Frontier Designs on it, and we\'re quite impressed with it.


It has 2 XLR mic preamps with phantom power, includes GSIF and Core OS X drivers, and also is totally powered by USB. It also has one MIDI in and out on it. We haven\'t gotten one here at the office yet, but it looks like it is very well built. I\'m hearing that the street price on it is going be around $199, so it looks like it has a lot of bang for the buck. Although we don\'t have it listed yet at MTLC, you can read about it on the Tascam site:
http://www.tascam.com/products/computer_recording/us122/index.php (\"http://www.tascam.com/products/computer_recording/us122/index.php\")

Hope this info helps! <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">It helps a lot, thanks...and 200$?? cheap...

Any idea when it will be available?

Alex

lex
04-01-2003, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by ngstime:
hmmmm.... 16 bit, no digital I/O.... cheaper yet is a trip down to Radio Shack to get 1/8 adapters and use sound manager.

I like the Apogee Mini-Me
http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html (\"http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html\")
it may not be usb powered, but at least it can run on batteries


Aaron Dirk <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">As far as I know thats top of the line, and it costs around 1300$..so I don\'t see how it is relevant..
And it runs with special battery packs not batteries, which are about 150$ or more, and they are one more thing to carrie around..

Alex

Arnie Schachere
04-01-2003, 03:46 PM
I checked in with Dave from Tascam, and he confirmed that the US-122 is a 24 bit interface. That\'s not to take anything away from the Apogee. I\'m sure the Apogee sounds great.

In terms of availability, Tascam says that it should start shipping approx the third week or April. We have a \"Notify Me\" function in our US-122 listing at MTLC, so we are happy to keep anyone posted if this device is appropriate for them. If anyone needs to know more about the US-122, let me know as we\'re usually able to get information from Tascam pretty quickly.

ngstime
04-01-2003, 11:45 PM
Originally posted by lex:
</font><blockquote><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><hr /><font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Originally posted by ngstime:
hmmmm.... 16 bit, no digital I/O.... cheaper yet is a trip down to Radio Shack to get 1/8 adapters and use sound manager.

I like the Apogee Mini-Me
http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html (\"http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html\")
it may not be usb powered, but at least it can run on batteries


Aaron Dirk <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">As far as I know thats top of the line, and it costs around 1300$..so I don\'t see how it is relevant..
And it runs with special battery packs not batteries, which are about 150$ or more, and they are one more thing to carrie around..

Alex </font><hr /></blockquote><font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">I thought you were talking on the quality/portable side.... to me, the mobile m-audio doesn\'t really offer much more than sound manager, it\'s not even 24 bit.

hehe... I didn\'t mean to sound like I was refering to duracells. images/icons/smile.gif
You have a case for your laptop, don\'t you? there\'s gotta be room for battery pack in there.
Plus, it would leave more juice for your laptop which will be draining fast alone.

oh well.... I\'m sure these others will work well for ya images/icons/smile.gif


Aaron Dirk

ngstime
04-02-2003, 12:33 AM
hmmmm.... 16 bit, no digital I/O.... cheaper yet is a trip down to Radio Shack to get 1/8 adapters and use sound manager.

I like the Apogee Mini-Me
http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html (\"http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html\")
it may not be usb powered, but at least it can run on batteries


Aaron Dirk

Arnie Schachere
04-02-2003, 12:43 AM
There\'s actually a pretty cool new piece coming out shortly from Tascam called the US-122. They worked with Frontier Designs on it, and we\'re quite impressed with it.



It has 2 XLR mic preamps with phantom power, includes GSIF and Core OS X drivers, and also is totally powered by USB. It also has one MIDI in and out on it. We haven\'t gotten one here at the office yet, but it looks like it is very well built. I\'m hearing that the street price on it is going be around $199, so it looks like it has a lot of bang for the buck. Although we don\'t have it listed yet at MTLC, you can read about it on the Tascam site:
http://www.tascam.com/products/computer_recording/us122/index.php (\"http://www.tascam.com/products/computer_recording/us122/index.php\")

Hope this info helps!

lex
04-02-2003, 01:06 AM
Originally posted by ngstime:
</font><blockquote><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><hr /><font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Originally posted by lex:
</font><blockquote><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><hr /><font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Originally posted by ngstime:
hmmmm.... 16 bit, no digital I/O.... cheaper yet is a trip down to Radio Shack to get 1/8 adapters and use sound manager.

I like the Apogee Mini-Me
http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html (\"http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/prod_minime.html\")
it may not be usb powered, but at least it can run on batteries


Aaron Dirk <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">As far as I know thats top of the line, and it costs around 1300$..so I don\'t see how it is relevant..
And it runs with special battery packs not batteries, which are about 150$ or more, and they are one more thing to carrie around..

Alex </font><hr /></blockquote><font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">I thought you were talking on the quality/portable side.... to me, the mobile m-audio doesn\'t really offer much more than sound manager, it\'s not even 24 bit.

hehe... I didn\'t mean to sound like I was refering to duracells. images/icons/smile.gif
You have a case for your laptop, don\'t you? there\'s gotta be room for battery pack in there.
Plus, it would leave more juice for your laptop which will be draining fast alone.

oh well.... I\'m sure these others will work well for ya images/icons/smile.gif


Aaron Dirk </font><hr /></blockquote><font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Ah haaa...good point...
Does it mean that the USB powered audio card will drain my powerbooks battery faster then then ussual???

Alex

Nick Batzdorf
04-04-2003, 10:14 PM
The question is what you want to use it for. After a dry spell of several years (when the only portable solution was the Digigram card), there\'s now a decent number of interfaces at different price ranges.

I\'ve been very happy with my MOTU 828 Firewire interace on a Pismo Powerbook, although I bring along external converters and preamps for serious stuff.

That\'s my portable rig, of course - I have a Pro Tools rig at home.

SteveHanlon
04-05-2003, 04:06 PM
Anyone know who makes the mic pres in the Tascam model mentioned?

lex
04-08-2003, 03:19 AM
I plan to use it mainly for two things.

Field recordings for sound design material and ocassional voice over recordings in closed spaces but outside of studio.

So really I just need it to be clean and reliable.

Alex

ngstime
04-08-2003, 11:48 PM
Originally posted by Nick Batzdorf:
I\'ve been very happy with my MOTU 828 Firewire interace on a Pismo Powerbook, although I bring along external converters and preamps for serious stuff. <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">for an up-coming project, this will be my set up: great river mp-2nv > apogee rosetta > motu 828 > pismo.

a nice set-up even slimmer (one rack) would be the apogee TRAC2 w/ the firewire card.

....of course, niether of the two are cheap, but yet high quality. at roughly 4 grand and a decent laptop (my pismo.... still my baby!) you could have it all and take anywhere! (except baghdad, which is without power.... the noise ratio would be too high anyways)

it\'s amazing how nice portable is getting images/icons/cool.gif


Aaron Dirk