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I'm looking into getting an external sound/audio card or device, so i can plug instruments (guitar/keyboard) maybe any MIDI devices that are not USB/Firewire into my iMac, mainly to practice/perfect recording techniques in garageband/logic.

However i'm not all that clued up as to what sort of price range/manufacturer/brand i should be looking at, i'm a beginner so don't need anything immense, and i've seen a few from M-audio but i'm not sure if there are any other manufacturers that may be worth a look?

Any help/direction most appreciated!

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Search for brands like... M-Audio, Focusrite, PreSonus, Apogee, TC Electronic, Lexicon, Edirol or RME.

The low range interface models will run you $50-$300.
Mid range interfaces... $300-$1000
Top o'the line... $1000 - $3000

I've used M-Audio Firewire interfaces but my next purchase will be a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 I/O FireWire Audio Interface.

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That's great, thanks. Any decent websites that you would recommend i check out to look at purchasing from?, i'm in the UK it may be worth noting, although i don't mind shipping stuff over.
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Depending where you are I would say Turnkey in London or Digital Village .
At least there you can try it out before you buy.

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