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Need help for a multipurpose setup upgrade

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Hello everyone,


I want to upgrade my actual setup as I want to invest in better audio quality.

I have an little idea about what I want, but I would love to see your personal recommendations.

I'll try to give you as many info as I can.

I live in Canada, all parts MUST be available in my country. All prices here are in CAD.

English is not my native language, please correct me if I'm wrong.



Actual equipments



Everything is withing reach while sitting at my desk.


Guitar Amp :

- Roland Cube 30 (http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/447/specs/)

- The Recording out/Phones is plugged in the Line 1 of MIX100 with cheap 1/4'' jack cable.

- Guitar use cheap 10' 1/4 jack cable.

- I hear distortion in my headphone when the ''Recording Out'' is plugged in and the amp is not turned on.


Mixer :

- Tapco MIX100 (http://www.mackie.com/products/discontinued/tapco/mixseries_om.pdf or http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/tapco-mix.100-compact-mixer)

- ''Line 1'' is used by the guitar amplifier ''Recording Out''.

- ''Line 2'' is sometimes used with XLR Audio-technica MB 1K

- ''Tape In'' is used for onboard PC line out.

- Tape Out'' is used on onboard PC rear mic in (for when I record my guitar).

- ''Phones'' is used for headset with 1/4'' to 1/8'' cheap adaptor.


Headset :

- SteelSeries Siberia V2 (http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-siberia-v2#section-specs)

- Mic is plugged in PC front microphone in.

- Used mainly for music/youtube/movies and gaming.


Microphone :

- Audio-Technica MB1k (http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/9e8498dca37fcf98/)

- Used for acoustic guitar recording


Speakers :

- I use my Asus VW246 integrated speakers or Raspberry Pi (see later)


PC software/hardware/audio :

- Music player : Foobar2000

- Favorite albums in FLAC format, others in mp3.

- Gaming motherboard (http://ca.msi.com/product/mb/Z77AG45.html#/?div=Detail)

- I listen to all king of music, but I'd say Deathcore and Melodic Deat Metal are the main ones.


Others :

- Raspberry Pi with XBMC on TV screen with decent Sony 540W Mini Hifi shelf system for movies.


-I Stream movie and TV shows, and I used it as speaker with my PC audio library.


Main issues :

- I can hear a buzzing sound when the Cube 30 is plugged in, even if it's turned off. I need to unplug it every time.

- I can hear some low strange noise and it is really annoying,

- Headset is just.. well you know.

- I'm not satisfied with the overall audio quality.



My budget and basic ideas



I'd rather have a DAC than a soundcard for portable purpose and I don't really care about all the gaming things you get with soundcards. But again, I would like your suggestions. DAC vs Soundcard : a soundcard would let met get rid of my mixer..

I'm not planning on changing the guitar amp for the moment, but I am interested in the Orange Micro Terror as I only use my headphones.

I listen to everything on my headset, so no need for speakers.

I'm really lazy and I would like a setup that don't need to plug/unplug anything.


These are in priority order.


Headphones :

- 150-200$, some good base is important. Open or closed.

- I was thinking about the ATH M50, like any new here must do.. (http://www.amazon.ca/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U)<

- The Shure SRH480 if they are on sale..

- I hate playing guitar with the cable running everywhere, but I can deal with that.


DAC/AMP/Soundcard :

- 150-200$

- I was thinking about the Audio-Engine D1


- I saw the Scarlett 2i2 on a Youtube videos, never heard of it..


Microphone :

- I would like a microphone that I could clip on my shirt when I need it but also record my acoustic guitar.

- Small form is a plus.


Mixer :

- Quality and tester mixer with only the inputs I need. No need for extras. May help for my the noise on my current setup..


Cables :

- Good quality cables and adaptors if recommended.


Guitar Amp :

- Maybe the Orange Micro Terror to get some space.

Edited by sambert20 - 4/14/14 at 4:09pm
post #2 of 2
Thread Starter 

So I think I need to consider a Audio Interface, such as these :


Facusrite Saffire 6 USB  $  120.00 http://global.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/saffire-6-usb/specifications
PreSonus Audiobox USB  $  125.00 http://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-USB
Facusrite Scarlett 2i2  $  162.50 http://global.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-2i2/specifications
Facusrite Scarlett 2i4  $  215.00 http://global.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-2i4/specifications
PreSonus Audiobox 22vsl  $  215.00 http://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-22VSL
Facusrite Scarlett 2i6  $  225.00 http://global.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-8i6/technical-specification
AVID Mbox  $  275.00 http://www.avid.com/US/products/Mbox/overview


I am really concern about the headphones output audio quality. They are all 24bits/96kHz. Remember that I will use it as my main audio source.

Wich one to pick up ? Or should I keep my mixer and buy a USB DAC to drive my Tape In ?

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