It’s gotten to the point anymore, that when I play around on the synthesizer, I almost always record the output, because I never know when something amazing will come out and may not ever hear again.
When I first got my Eurorack stuff, I was happy just to have it and took audio from the headphone out of the Pittsburgh Modular Outs module into the line in on my sound card. It was noisy and definitely sub-optimal, but hey I had a freakin’ synthesizer and I was making music with it. I didn’t care.
Soon, I wanted an upgrade, and my Focusrite 2i2 was plenty. As I did more live jams, I realized I wanted more versatility in my mixes, and and wanted to bring in as many channels as possible into Reaper. The sound card in my HP Z800 is not what you’d call a “grown-up” audio card with ADAT capability, and I had no troubles with using the USB2.0 on the computer to get signals in, so I posed the question “What the best way to get audio into the computer?” on Muff Wiggler’s Facebook page and on the SDIY mailing list.
I wanted to keep the project under $300. I got a lot of responses in very short time.
So, I learned three different ways to do this. 1) A real console mixer with USB/Firewire out, 2) Eurorack modules that do it, or 3) a rack unit that can do the A-to-D conversion and send it to USB.
I ultimately settled on a MOTO 828x Mk3 I found gently used on Ebay, for $230 (versus the $750 retail).
Here is a very rough compilation of the results of my poll. Lots of options in a wide price range. I share this in case you need to answer the question for yourself.
This is not an exhaustive study, but in one day I got a lot of ideas and will continue to lust after the McMillen M-Mix because it looks the coolest.
Facebook guy Lester Barnes gave me permission to borrow his comments: