Hi. Hoping people knowing about USB/Firewire and other audio interfaces will chime in here. (Or if I should ask this in the DAW forum, please let me know.)
I am a singer songwriter using a late model 27 inch imac. Primary software is Garageband. My setup will include 1 condensor mic (Rode NT-1), 1 dynamic (Shure SM57) for voice and guitar, also M-Audio ES 88 keyboard. At any one time 2 mics or 1 mic and keyboard needed for recording simultaneously. Have looked at models with Phantom power as follows
1 Focus Rite Saffire and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, the latter not yet here in Japan.
2 Presonus Audiobox
3 Yamaha Audiogram and 4 Tascam 122.
I hear that if I try to plug my USB keyboard into the MAC at the same time I have two mics into the USB interface, I may have trouble with Garageband unless using something called aggregate devices. Can anyone shed light on this?
Does anyone have good or bad to say about these or other interfaces?
5 Desktop Konnect
This is about the only FW I can afford. Any opinons about this vs. above? Or others in the same price range?
6 Mackie 402vlz3 Mixer
My reason for looking at the mixer is someone said it can double as a mixer for live concerts. They say this is my Intel MAC has a good sound card that can handle this. Salespeople at Apple store had no idea what I was talking about, even though this comes from 2 Macjams musicians. So I thought I had better ask musicians here.