I've spent the past 6 hours or so reading up on DACs here.
I'd like to start producing/mixing music and a friend of mine said I'd need speakers, an audio interface, and software. I've decided on going with either a pair of KRK Rokit 6's or 8's and Ableton.
As far as the audio interface part--from what I've gathered, DACs are a subset of audio interfaces and I need some sort of controller with more inputs/outputs than a dedicated DAC (I hope I'm using that term correctly...).
Any recommendations? My budget's probably $500.
Would a dedicated DAC produce better sound that one included in a controller at the same price point? I'd really like to be able to produce music without sacrificing quality when I just want to relax and listen to my library.
Would I be able to get a dedicated DAC like the Bifrost and get some additional controller type thing that doesn't include a DAC?
Sorry if my question's not that clear. It's 5am now and I've gotten a bit lost in all the research.
Thank you. Any help would be appreciated :)