multiple interfaces for multiple inputs?

Discussion in 'Affordable Recording Forum' started by MediaMurder, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Im probably asking a retarded question but please just humor me anyways.
    I may understand quite a bit about sound and all that but setting up gear is a mystery to me. My curiousity has come up with this question:

    How do you chain a bunch of high quality 2 input pre amps into your DAW so you end up with like 8 or more like a firepod? Can you just run like 8 2 channel preamps into each xlr input on a firepod?

    I dont know why this confuses me so much...
    My stomache hurts thinking about this stuff...
  2. bent

    bent Guest

    If the DAW's A/D accepts line level sources, then yes, of course.

    It's no different than having a mixer's direct outs (or record outs) plugged into the inputs of the converter.
  3. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    What converter are you talking about?
  4. bent

    bent Guest

    Any converter that accepts line (or mic) level inputs for use with a DAW.

    The Firepod that you mentioned does.

    Computers don't understand analog signals, they operate on ones and zeros.

    Any rackmount, desktop, or portable device that routes an analog signal into a computer is a converter (more precisely, an Analog to Digital converter).

    The ones that do the opposite (run signal out of the DAW) are Digital to Analog converters.
  5. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Oh that makes sense, duh....
    So it's safe to safe that preamps such as firepods, toneports and all that are essentially converters? What if I took a firepod and ran it into another firepod and then into my DAW?
  6. bent

    bent Guest

    Firepods and I assume Toneports are preamps and converters rolled into one. Hooking one up to the other won't do anything for you.
  7. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    so then i would plug multiple firepods into a converter?
    Sorry.... im lost though...
  8. bent

    bent Guest

    No. The firepod is a converter.
  9. bent

    bent Guest

    You can daisy chain up to three maximum of them, which will triple your available channels.
  10. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Would you mind explaining how one might accomplish this?
    Thanks
  11. bent

    bent Guest

    Loop the firewire output to the input of the next firepod, then out of that one into the next, and finally, out of that one and into the CPU.
  12. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    oh ok, that maes sense, but what If I was running another preamp into the first firepod?
  13. bent

    bent Guest

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