Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

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Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

Post by bendragon » Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:46 pm

Hello all!
I've recently sold my Mackie ONXY 1220i FireWire mixing console because I simply didn't need something so big, especially as many of my synths have also recently sold, and therefore barely anything was connected to it.

I still have a handful of Synths (Blofeld, Mopho X4, Electribe and soon a Roland JP-08), so I still need some kind of Audio interface for the Mopho and Electribe (the other two have audio over USB).

I'm short on desk-space so I need something tiny - if its bus powered then even better.

What are your recommendations?

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Re: Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:12 pm

Focusrite Scarlett series

Pick one that has enough inputs for you
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Re: Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

Post by splash81 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:42 am

I can recommend the Onyx Blackjack. Works seamlessly with my mac and Logic. Didn't need to load any drivers/software, etc. -- just plug and play. Sounds good to my ears, and is usb-powered. Very well-built, too!

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Re: Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

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Re: Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

Post by Chimera » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:54 pm

Steinberg's UR22 has very good audio quality if you want cheap. RMEs Fireface UC is small with plenty of I/O s.

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Re: Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

Post by megamanx » Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:31 am

meatballfulton wrote:Focusrite Scarlett series

Pick one that has enough inputs for you
plus 1

also consider a saffire 6, don't know if it works with the latest os

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Re: Good, small USB audio interface for OSX

Post by madtheory » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:04 am

Another +1 for the Scarlett. Or if you've the money, The Focusrite Forte is smaller and a lot better sounding. If you don't want to solve latency issues, go Thunderbolt with Clarett 2 Pre: small and no latency. These boxes will have driver support for a long time.

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