Product Type: Edirol sound cards
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Fab Portable interface
Member Name: LouisDoyle
Advantages: Many, fast light, 4 inputs, phantom power to name a few.
Disadvantages: Could do with maybe 2 more inputs if you want to record drums.
I have been using this neat little firewire interface with my laptop, cubase, reason and logic pro successfully for 3 years. The FA-66 is a nifty (and very light) portable firewire interface that has two (mic and jack combination) inputs on the front and a further two red/white inputs on the back (for decks etc).
This interface is great for a small startup home studio if you want to record guitar and vocals or a similar combination. I would reccomend shopping around before you buy this and find out whether you need the firewire instead of USB as this will cost you more. The FA-66 should only cost you £200 if you buy it from the right place so maybe don't buy it for £290 on amazon.
The FA-66 is superfast and has never let me down. It installs ridiculously easily on macs but is slightly more complicated with PCs (although I have used it successfully with both). Another feature is that it can process at up to a sample rate of 192. It also has 4 outputs (in pairs of two Left and Rights) this means that you can do some quite complex studio work with this box.
The FA-66 has phantom power which allows you to run 48v powered condenser microphones. This is a must when recording high quality vocals or acoustic guitar without a pick up.
Summary: Buy it if you can find it for £200