I’m also going to upgrade my studio… i’m going to buy an apc40 to control ableton live and a new laptop for my liveact. I suppose I will need an external soundcard to get low latency… and i really don’t know which one I should go for… any advices ?
If you want a just soundcard interface or a mixer interface?
Do you want to record instruments and DJ?
I personally use both the N.I Audio 8 (USB) and D.4 Mackie mixer (Firewire).
I really love D.4 Mackie for DJing and production. It gives me the option to DJ,Record guitars and use external EFX, compressors. Rock solid with zero latency.
M.O.T.U ans M-audio do make great audio interfaces. I would recommend checking their forums/ websites for any compatibility issues. Great example is KORG ZERO mixer which I really interested in. However, checking their forum the product has nothing but problems.
Yesterday, I finally took my credit card, went on musicstore.de and bought the “M Audio Fast Track Pro” for 140 euros… i checked on the M Audio website and there are drivers for Windows 7 64 bits… so, this is just perfect !
I needed an external soundcard interface with very low latency and no mixer !
External because i will use it on my personal home computer and on my laptop when i’ll go play my liveact.
With the midi in and out, i will try to connect my Yamaha RS7000 and use it as a midi controller for Ableton. If it’s not good enough, i will buy the Akai APC40.
With this setup, i will be able to play my liveact and doing a dj set with ableton will be really easy !