Hey all, I'm back to annoy the pros with another audio question. This time, about an audio interface.
I record YouTube videos and have been using a Blue Spark Digital (a USB mic) that I like very much. However, I think I will get better quality recordings by selling this and going with the Blue Spark (XLR mic). It is essentially the same mic, but XLR.
With an interface not only do I have the benefits of a better pre-amp and higher bit rate recording, but I can also use it to control my studio monitors which would be a nice addition from the Sound Blaster Z I am using. I like the DSP the SBZ offers, but I would like to keep that for entertainment and use my interface for recording. With an interface and XLR mic, I have the ability to upgrade my mic over time and not have to worry about making sure it is USB.
With all that said and my budget, I am between the Komplete Audio 6 and the MBox 3. Focusrite 2i2 was in the mix but I recently crossed it off because I heard the preamp is better in the other two. Also, I heard that the Komplete has the lowest latency in all of the benchmarks a la budget interfaces. However, I am open to other suggestions.
Which one would you guys go with? From my research, I heard they all do basically the same thing and it all comes down to functionality and reliability. But at this point, these devices have been out for a while so all of the driver issues have been ironed out.
What is important to me:
- A good built in pre-amp
- Monitoring features (headphone or otherwise while recording)
So far it looks like the Komplete Audio 6 wins out because of the pre-amp and the myriad of features that are packed in. On the MBox side, it would be nice to get Pro-Tools free.