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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.

Oh, I haven't decide when to get a guitar and piano.
Midi controller might work, but I would like an actual guitar and piano, so I can play it as a hobby.

For piano, I don't know what "kind" of piano, but does it help when I said a portable one that you plug in a MIDI and play it?

Well, I do want an audio interface.
My friend told me that it create neutral sound and much clearer sound compare to a sound card and on board sound.
     
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Forget the headphone amplifier, just get an audio interface - it has everything you need. You don't need a rack mounted 16 channel or anything crazy though. There are a couple reasons you want a real audio interface even if you aren't actually recording with mics. You'll get better "sound quality" than any laptop integrated sound device (EDIT: And by sound quality I'm talking about your live monitoring and audio coming from the computer, not audio you are bouncing to wav of course) which partly includes balanced output (usually - on good ones anyway) which is handy for hooking up studio monitors. But more importantly you get low latency and this is super important when you are creating music. When you hit a key or a pad you want it to hit RIGHT THEN and if it's even more than 3 or 4 ms off it's obvious.

Focusrite is excellent, Presonus equipment is pretty good too. I have a Tascam interface at the moment and I'm not super happy with it but it was half the price of a comparible Focusrite - so there you go. The Tascam still has killer latency though.
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Here are some low budget options I'd go with:

DAW (digital audio workstation): Apple Logic Pro X, Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase.
Monitoring: Equator D5. Yamaha HS5, KRK RP5, JBL LSR 305
Audio interface (I/O, AD/DA conversion, monitor control, headphone amp, phantom power, midi interface); Focusrite Saffire 6, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Mixing plugins: Waves (http://www.waves.com/), Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com/)
Midi controller: Akai LPK 25, M-Audio Oxygen 25, Akai MPK mini

I've been producing music for about 4 years now. Here's what I'm using myself:

Focusrite Saffire Pro 14
Yamaha HS80m (soon upgrading to Focal Solo 6Be)
Cakewalk A300 Pro
Beyerdynamic DT1350
Avid Protools 10 + 11
Image Line FL Studio
Loads of Waves & Universal audio plugins
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Monitoring: Equator D5. Yamaha HS5, KRK RP5, JBL LSR 305

I assume those Monitoring doesn't produce a lot of Bass, right?
     
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I assume those Monitoring doesn't produce a lot of Bass, right?

Studio monitors still produce a good amount of bass. You won't be disappointed.

It's just not going to be the main point of the speaker as studio monitors are designed to give off a more neutral sound.
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Forget the headphone amplifier, just get an audio interface - it has everything you need.

I've been trying to tell him that but he wont listen. lachen.gif
     
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I've been trying to tell him that but he wont listen. lachen.gif

The reason I asked that is because my cousin got the same setup as I want to have. Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

He test the phone on his friend's PC that has an ASUS Xonar Sound Card, and he was amaze how loud and clear the sound quality was and volume turn up probably 1/3 or 1/4 of it.
When he bought Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 then test it with his headphone. He was disappointed on the volume because he max out the volume, and he wasn't able to get the volume loud enough. He install the drivers, turn off the "monitoring", turn the knob and etc. Both of us can't manage to get it to fix, so my cousin decide to return it.

That is the reason that I asked if I would need a headphone amplifier.
Until my buddy told me that I have disable the onboard sound from the Bios then use the audio interface as a default sound which it should allow me to amplify my volume much higher.
     
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Strange, on my Tascam interface, I can't turn up the headphone volume past halfway. It would completely deafen me for sure. However, it will depend on the impedance of your headphones.
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Studio monitors still produce a good amount of bass. You won't be disappointed.

It's just not going to be the main point of the speaker as studio monitors are designed to give off a more neutral sound.
I've been trying to tell him that but he wont listen. lachen.gif
Studio monitors aren't actually always supposed to be neutral, for example in the 3rd studio at college we a soundproofed, treated room with an MTA 990 and expensive neutral monitors built into the wall with no less than 4 15 inch drivers for bass. Compare them to the Yamaha NS10 alt speakers and the difference is night and day. The Yamaha's barely produce anything below 100Hz and have a nasty frequency peak at around 2Khz that makes them sound quite tinny. However, a mix sounding great on the main speakers could sound meh on tv speakers, but a mix sounding good on the main speakers and NS10's will probably still sound good on cheap stereo's and tv's.

The term 'studio monitors' covers so many different designs that it's impossible really to say what they'll sound like without hearing them personally or having information from someone else. Anyone trying to do a dance mix on NS10's is going to have a very, very bad time.
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