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3 years ago
"Better" is a pretty subjective term and doesn't really handle all the variables. Which is better? It depends. You need to find an interface that has the right amount of the kinds of inputs and outputs that you need for a price you can afford. Since you're running PT HD, I'm assuming you've got an iLok and are willing to lose some of the plug-ins based on your earlier post. Really it's down to what features you want in your interface. It sounds like you need at least one mic input and a line-in for your sampler. Both of the interfaces you've mentioned have that. They are both made by Avid although some will argue the MBox line is better than the Fast Track. Note, a new MBox is most likely going to come with a version of PT. I have experience with the Fast Track Pro, and it has always been a solid performer for me. As far as DAC goes, I cannot speak to which is better, but I'd say in this price range, you're going to have to take what you can get, and really it probably doesn't matter much. As far as pre-amps go, I know a lot of people loved the pres in the original MBox, but seem to have cooled on the later versions. Again, I can't really speak to the quality of the pres in either unit.You haven't mentioned what mic you're using, but I'm assuming some kind of condenser that will need phantom power? I believe both of these units offer that. In reality, if you're using an external sampler or keyboard for your beat production, really you're just looking for a way to get audio in and out of PT, and both of these units will do that. Don't be afraid to explore other manufacturers' interfaces since PT 9+ allows you that flexibility. A lot of people are digging the newer budget stuff from Focusrite and PreSonus. Starting out, you really need to find the most useful features for the price point you want. You can worry about DAC and pre-amps later.Rob.
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