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I forgot to mention. I'll be using it on my laptop, so sound card is an out of question, lol.
My Macbook Pro 15 Retina I should say.

Reason I choose audio interface beside the price is because I can take the audio interface to anywhere I want with my laptop such as using it during my vacation.

Also about my list of equipment?

Reference my post in the thread.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1469803/what-are-the-list-of-equipment-for-music-producing/0_30#post_21851840
     
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^ This.

That's what I figured, but I wanted Pie to confirm.
You really only need a MIDI keyboard to get going, like one of the ones he suggested.

If you want a headphone amp as well, you can fork over for the Focusrite if you plan on recording as well at some point, or just get a Magni or Vali or something if you don't plan on recording or don't want to spend the cash on the interface right now.
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^ This.

That's what I figured, but I wanted Pie to confirm.
You really only need a MIDI keyboard to get going, like one of the ones he suggested.

If you want a headphone amp as well, you can fork over for the Focusrite if you plan on recording as well at some point, or just get a Magni or Vali or something if you don't plan on recording or don't want to spend the cash on the interface right now.

The Scarlett 2i2 is about the same price as the schiit's you mentioned.
     
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^ This.

That's what I figured, but I wanted Pie to confirm.
You really only need a MIDI keyboard to get going, like one of the ones he suggested.

If you want a headphone amp as well, you can fork over for the Focusrite if you plan on recording as well at some point, or just get a Magni or Vali or something if you don't plan on recording or don't want to spend the cash on the interface right now.

The Scarlett 2i2 is about the same price as the schiit's you mentioned.

Ah, I thought it was more like $200, versus the $100 for the Magni or $119 for the Vali.
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Originally Posted by BonzaiTree View Post

^ This.

That's what I figured, but I wanted Pie to confirm.
You really only need a MIDI keyboard to get going, like one of the ones he suggested.

If you want a headphone amp as well, you can fork over for the Focusrite if you plan on recording as well at some point, or just get a Magni or Vali or something if you don't plan on recording or don't want to spend the cash on the interface right now.

What is a good alternative headphone amplifier?
Does a cheap headphone amplifier would work without messing up the sound?


For an example, Pyle Pro PHA40 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763205-REG/Pyle_Pro_PHA40_PHA40_4_Channel_Stereo_Headphone.html

Behringer HA-400 - Headphone Amplifier.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/373745-REG/Behringer_HA400_HA_400_Headphone.html
     
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The output impedance on that Pyle is laughable
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post #17 of 28
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^ This.

That's what I figured, but I wanted Pie to confirm.
You really only need a MIDI keyboard to get going, like one of the ones he suggested.

If you want a headphone amp as well, you can fork over for the Focusrite if you plan on recording as well at some point, or just get a Magni or Vali or something if you don't plan on recording or don't want to spend the cash on the interface right now.

What is a good alternative headphone amplifier?
Does a cheap headphone amplifier would work without messing up the sound?


For an example, Pyle Pro PHA40 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763205-REG/Pyle_Pro_PHA40_PHA40_4_Channel_Stereo_Headphone.html

Behringer HA-400 - Headphone Amplifier.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/373745-REG/Behringer_HA400_HA_400_Headphone.html

To be honest, I'm not sure. Generally it's recommended to spend a little more on a headphone amp for it to be worth it. If you're going to spend only $20 or something, it's likely you're best just going without one. But like I said, I have no experience with budget amps that low. If your budget is that low, up it by another $10 if possible and get an Asus Xonar DG (soundcard). It has a built in amp that will likely be better than those would, and it has a decent DAC (digital to audio converter).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132020

But like EpicPie suggested, the Focusrite has a built in headphone amp, so if you already plan on getting that to record later, just grab it.

Right now I'd focus more on getting a MIDI controller if you want to make music, then worry about either the Focusrite or a headphone amp.
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To be honest, I'm not sure. Generally it's recommended to spend a little more on a headphone amp for it to be worth it. If you're going to spend only $20 or something, it's likely you're best just going without one. But like I said, I have no experience with budget amps that low. If your budget is that low, up it by another $10 if possible and get an Asus Xonar DG (soundcard). It has a built in amp that will likely be better than those would, and it has a decent DAC (digital to audio converter).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132020

But like EpicPie suggested, the Focusrite has a built in headphone amp, so if you already plan on getting that to record later, just grab it.

Right now I'd focus more on getting a MIDI controller if you want to make music, then worry about either the Focusrite or a headphone amp.

I would get it, but I'll be using it on a laptop. I don't think you can fit a full size PCI e sound card in a laptop.
     
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^ Ah, should have mentioned that, lol.

 

Yeah a sound card is not an option then. 

post #20 of 28
So you mentioned about getting a piano and guitar in the future... How soon are we talking about here? Reason why I ask is if you're not getting a guitar anytime soon then don't even worry about getting an audio interface. And for the piano... What kind of piano? Like an acoustic grand? If so, I wouldn't even worry about getting an audio interface for that either unless you plan on micing it which might give you questionable results unless you know what you're doing... Just get a midi keyboard controller and you can start making music right away. The rest of the equipment will come when you start figuring out what you really need and want.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MPK25/ Get something like this or maybe one with less features for cheaper and you're set.

Just some advice... Don't get caught up in gear. It'll get in the way of your music making and creativity.
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