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The Apple Store seems to offer various combinations, but none seem to be 'all in one' or particularly cost effective. So let's imagine that you wanted to connect the following:

- Standard microphone (1/8")
- Musical instrument, say guitar (1/4")
- MIDI controller (in my case a digital piano), (MIDI cable)
- Line in from a preamp or a minidisk (1/8"?)
- Optional: headphones
- Optional: XLR microphone
ideally, the unit should be USB/self powered.

So far I have found these two:

- MIDI only, needs separate MIDI cable (not sure what the difference between models UM1/1X/S/SX are

- M-audio interface

Anything better out there?
 

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I'm not poo pooing Garageband, I guess you have to start
somewhere, But you'd think that Apple would lower the
hardware requirements to enable everyone to run it.

Just think of all the money they could make if they made a
lesser version that ran on the legacy Mac's.

Look at Reason for instance, It runs in OS 8.6 - OS X,
I think it even runs on a 601, 603 and a 604
Although Reason is way more expensive.
But then...It does do more.

All in all...
They all remind me a little bit of Macromedia Director,
They all seem to have that same multi-track look.

I suppose the next innovation in Keyboards will have to be wireless,
Or will it be Bluetooth...Hmmm...
I suppose Firewire 800 ports will probably come first,
But then USB is still pretty popular.

Dave :cool:
 

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Dave,

I see that this unit has 1/4" jack inputs; does it mean that it can also act as a preamp? (e.g. plug in a guitar or a mike) Not clear from the specs.

If it does all this, then it's interesting as a 'single box' solution (although you would need to layer the inputs 1 by 1 are there are not enough connectors). Not cheap, would make me delay my iPod purchase once again... Tough call :confused:
 

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I don't think that the PCR-A30 has a pre-amp input,
I know that the Ozone has a pre-amp.
Check this M-Audio Ozone review for that.

M-Audio's web site for the Ozone

I wished that the PCR-A30 had some of the Ozone features as well.

It seems that you have to take a trade off between these two
keyboards, You probably have to get an external pre-amp to
attach to the PCR-A30.

It's a tough choice to make., I'm still trying to decide which I
should buy...The PCR-A30 or the software Reason.

I think I'll be buying the software first.

Dave :cool:
 

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Spot-on Monkey!

I ordered a US122 today. Let's see how it interfaces with GB... Can't wait until Wednesday
 

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True Dave, but the Tascam's got a MIDI, which is exactly what I was after!

Thanks for the help

M.
 
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