TOPIC: Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question

Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22245

Full disclosure. I haven't bought s-gear yet. Lol. This playing with a computer is new to me.
Use for me would be practice at home and on the road.
I am looking for an inexpensive ($200 and below) compact interface which sounds good, easy to bring around when traveling, has 1MΩ impedance, stable on windows, and acceptable latency. I only want to plugin a guitar, nothing else really.

Another question. I just got a Nux b2 wireless system. Does that make the input impedance on the audio interface inconsequential if I use that instead of a cable?

Thanks.
Last edit: 9 months 1 week ago by ipcmlr.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22246

Hi ipcmlr,

If you plug the guitar directly into a wireless system then the guitar pickups will see that load. What matters is how passive pickups are loaded (by the first thing that is plugged-into). If the pickups see a sufficiently high impedance then the frequency response will not be damped. Active pickups are already buffered.

Regarding choice of interface at your budget, I will let others make recommendations. There are lots of options at < $150, focusrite, steinberg, beringer etc.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22247

I have a Behringer UMC204HD and am very pleased with it (more than I was with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2). You can get it very cheap second hand and it has been very reliable and with low latency. And yes, initially, I was skeptical of Behringer products due to poor quality in their earlier products, but must say that they impressed me this time with this unit.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22248

Thanks @asintoras the behringer looks interesting.
Have you used the analog inserts for guitar pedals?
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22249

Yes, I have connected the guitar to pedals, and the pedal's output directly to the 1/4" input in the interface.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22250

Thanks! I'll try and get the behringer.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22251

check out the Rode Ai-1. i use it for a portable s-gear rig and never had an issue with windows. has better latency than my Motu and is built really well.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22252

Pretty sure you need a USB-C port for the ultra-low latency on these USB-C A/I units.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22254

Has anyone tried out the apogee one? There's one for sale locally for $125.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22256

i had the Jam+ when it came out but it did not play nice with Windows for me. also felt a little too cheap
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 week ago #22257

@ipcmlr — I used an Apogee Duet for many years. Worked great with guitar, bass, and mics. I used it on a Mac, though, so not sure how it behaves with Windows.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 9 months 1 day ago #22277

I do have an Apogee One for Windows and Mac and I use it with Windows 10.
I does some weird things sometimes when I use it in conjunction with a DAW. But with S-Gear standalone, there have been no issues whatsoever.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 8 months 4 weeks ago #22278

I've only heard good things about the Xsonic Xtone. The original/smallest is sub $200. You can't go wrong with having some foot switches.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 8 months 2 weeks ago #22314

I use a ESI UGM96 as a portable audio interface. It's very small, simple, bus bowered, class compliant and has a high impedance input for guitar. I got it for about £20 used on eBay.

It is now discontinued but they have recently released an updated replacement - UGM192. I've had email correspondence with ESI customer support and their communication has been quick and helpful.

www.esi-audio.com/products/ugm192/
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 7 months 1 week ago #22458

Just an update.
I ordered a motu m2 interface.
And guess what, it's been stuck in usps for 3 weeks....
Merry Christmas to everyone.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 7 months 1 week ago #22459

Hello ipcmlr...Well that really sux! Do you have tracking for it, or is it just a blind shipment? You still have tomorrow, so maybe the Motu will arrive as an early Christmas present. Good luck and I hope the interface suits your needs!! Merry Christmas to you too!

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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 7 months 1 week ago #22471

I have tracking. Been stuck in MD since dec 11.
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Compact audio interface for use with laptop/impedance question 7 months 1 week ago #22472

I know you already made up your mind, and ordered the MOTU, but I thought I would mention the Orange/OMEC Teleport, in case anyone else is interested. This little interface looks really interesting, especially if you are looking for something small. I don't even NEED one, but I am thinking of buying it, just because it seems so cool!

www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Teleport...itar-audio-interface

The Sweetwater site also says this: "Right now, we're offering special deals on items like this one, but you have to call for details! Call us at (800) 222-4700. Hurry, some quantities are limited."



More videos about the Teleport available online. BTW, I am not affiliated with anyone...just a regular guy in Texas, living the dream!

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