i've been out of the loop for a couple years on the whole audio/midi i/o box market. what is everyone's favorite box? here's what i'm looking for:
- 2-4 mic/line inputs, phantom power would be nice
- midi in/out/thru
- preferably firewire or similar interface so i can use it on my G4 desktop and my future intel-mac laptop
- compatibility with a popular audio recording program that works on OS X (including intel macs). e.g. pro tools, digital performer, cubase, etc.
basically, i want to set up a little workstation where i can write midi tracks in a software sequencer, send the midi values into max which generates sounds, send the sounds back into the sequencer to be recorded. also need to record samples into computer, have monitoring capabilities, and be able to use a midi keyboard as midi input.
looking for a good (reasonably priced) box and good software to do this on a G4 (dual 1MHz) and an intel laptop.
thanks for the advice,