I own a very interesting TL Audio Fat Track with 2 tube preamp channels. I would like to use it to record and monitor the two tracks on my computer, using MixBus. I record mainly acoustic music, with one microphone, or a pair of microphones. or, sometimes, 2 tracks at a time.
At the moment I have a good old Echo Audiofire (discontinued), working through Firewire. The problem is of course that Firewire is not available anymore on new laptop computers, be it Mac of PC.
I think about buying the new Echo2, that use USB and is USB Class compliant, so it will work without drivers on Windows, Mac and Linux (yes, I record on Linux, using Mixbus on Ubuntu Studio). I was looking first at the RME Babyface too for the quality of the sound, but I really don't need all the features.
Here is my specs for a new sound card:
- 2 symmetric input channels, with or without preamps
- 2 symmetric output channels
- a headphone preamp with a volume controler would be a plus, but not mandatory
- usb, if possible with a linux driver or being USB Class Compliant so no driver needed on any system
- up to 24bit/96khz
- of course, good converters
- no internal effects
Would you have any better suggestion than the Echo2 usb soundcard, regardless of the price ?