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Recommended USB Interface for Mac & Garageband

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Ok, this might be too specific but if you have any similar experience I would appreciate your input. I have a Macbook (with USB and Firewire ports) with Garageband '08 and want to invest in a modest home recording setup. I'm currently just playing around using the built in mic! I was looking at the following USB interfaces:

Tascam US-122L or US-144

E-mu 0202 or 0404

Edirol UA-25EX

Does anyone have any experience with running these on a Mac just with Garageband? I've read plenty of reviews but they all seem pretty close. I'm really just noodling around with guitar and vocals but would probably like to get a MIDI controller in the future as well as a condenser mic (hence Phantom Power).

Any thoughts or options that I have completely missed? It seems M-Audio stuff (the Fast Track USB I think?) is designed for Garageband but not sure how good the quality is?

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I have the EMU 0202 older model. Not at all happy with it because the Vista driver is crap and makes my laptop crash regularly. It does work ok with my Mac. Would advise against it, just in case you ever want to use it with Vista as well.

Then again, if you are not, PM me if you want to buy mine for little!

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Cheers for your input so far guys.

Are you using the M-Audio Fast Track Sam or are you just a fan in general? I was looking at getting an M-Audio keyboard at some point in the future...

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Cheers for your input so far guys.

Are you using the M-Audio Fast Track Sam or are you just a fan in general? I was looking at getting an M-Audio keyboard at some point in the future...

Just rate them in general. Get your self a copy of protools m-powered whilst your at it.

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