Audio recording on Macs- is the line in sufficient or is an outboard device better?

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Audio recording on Macs- is the line in sufficient or is an outboard device better?

Unread post by Lemming » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:10 pm

As per the title really- for Macs equipped with a line-in, I see the stated spec is 24 bit @ 96kHz. Given the nature of my setup, that level of definition is more than sufficient on paper; but in practice, are they up to scratch? Or would it be worth getting an external interface?

Number of inputs isn't an issue- I won't be bulk-channel-recording so only need a stereo in, just wondering if the integral ADCs are high enough quality & that they don't disturb other processing too much.

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Re: Audio recording on Macs- is the line in sufficient or is an outboard device better?

Unread post by zpink » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:15 pm

First, don't you have a MOXF? On phone here and may remember wrong, but if not you could always use its audio interface.
For just straight recordings the line in is probably good enough but if you plan to multi-track, latency may become an issue.
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Re: Audio recording on Macs- is the line in sufficient or is an outboard device better?

Unread post by Saul » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:38 pm

I have a line in on my iMac but never tried to record through it. It's probably ok for basic recording but I still prefer a usb midi/audio interface although my Mackie Spike is definitely getting a bit long in the tooth now. No cash for upgrades at the moment though :(
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Re: Audio recording on Macs- is the line in sufficient or is an outboard device better?

Unread post by Lemming » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:33 pm

Well DV247 are doing a Behringer Firewire interface for a tenner so I got one of those. I know USB 2.0 is probably more than up to streaming MIDI and decent-quality audio simultaneously, but the prospect of separating those streams was attractive to me...
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Re: Audio recording on Macs- is the line in sufficient or is an outboard device better?

Unread post by Derek » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:14 pm

Go for a decent USB/Firewire/Thunderbolt interface if you are serious about recording. The basic audio circuits of any computer will be designed down to a cost..... :roll:
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