Originally Posted by rjames1973
I agree. I definitely do not want to purchase something too expensive when I don't even know the first thing about home recording. I'm considering the M-Audio Fast Track at this point. A friend of mine who has a lot of experience with home recording and Garageband suggested this interface. After doing some research on it and seeing how much it costs, it looks like it might be what I need to get started.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. I get hot-shot kids from all over the country fresh out of some 4 years degree program ready to start their audio career here in Los Angeles. To a man, TO A MAN they can recite the Sweetwater catalog cover to cover. They can wax about every holy grail piece of audio gear known to man-kind. Thery're brimming with industry buzz words and overflowing with forum wives tales. They'll spew endlessly about Mytech converters and Manley eq's and 480 reverbs and Neumann microphones and if they had their way they'd use Reaper instead of Pro Tools and how Digidesign is really the black helicopter creature that Mulder and Scully were chasing all those years. It's endless.
However to a man, TO A MAN they all were embarrassingly and Titanically ill-equipped to mix audio. I've had guys unable to explain compressor parameters, unable to explain reverb parameters, guys who couldn't identify a simple fundamental frequency tone for purposes of a simple eq, I've had guys unable to explain simple analog metering let alone the different scales of digital metering.
In the end they're (the interns) all given a mix and allotted the normal time they'd get to mix it (in the real world) as a test to their ability to survive in the business. If I was smart I would have planted a camera and recorded the utterly comical looks on they're pathetic helpless faces when they came face to face with the real world of audio and their endless spewing about the latest greatest wives tale equipment couldn't begin to save the cluster of a mix their working on.
I've actually told some they'd be better off out in Indiana at Sweetwater because they can talk about equipment a WHOLE bunch better than they can use it in a mix.
The cheaper M-Audio box will exceed your abilities right now. Don't fall into the vortex. Get the M-Audio and if you're REALLY interested in great audio, set about the rather long journey of "learning" how to do it. As I said before nothing wrong with Apogee stuff, it speaks for itself but there not a chance in hell you're at the point where you're gonna notice what it may or may not do better.
In the end great audio is about the blood, sweat and tears invested in the craft. It doesn't come in a box.