8 track reel to reel to daw?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Flutter&wow, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. Flutter&wow

    Flutter&wow Active Member

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    Hi all,

    I've just acquired a Fostex 8-track reel to reel recorder and an looking to record onto tape and then send the 8 tracks INDIVIDUALLY from the unbalanced rca/phono output to my daw.

    Does anyone know the easiest path to do this?

    Most of the audio interfaces I've viewed only allow for 2 stereo tracks to be sent or a sum of all 8 channels. I need them to be separate for post editing!

    Many thanks for any help.
     
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    Audio interfaces with eight inputs almost certainly send them separately to the computer, unless you're talking about one of those USB equipped analog mixers.
     
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

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    the Fostex will sync to daw if you get the 4030 sync box. or you can get an 8 channel interface. if you get the 4030 you will be able to record 8 tracks, dump them to daw and then record 8 more and dump them to daw for as many tracks as you like. do not attempt to sync the daw to the tape as ugly things can happen to digital when the clocking is screwed up. always have the tape machine chase the daw. .
     
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  4. Flutter&wow

    Flutter&wow Active Member

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    Ok thanks for the tips.

    Can you recommend any interfacesinter can send the 8 channels to separate tracks within the daw? Would usb be the best way to connect? How would the computer recognise the individual channels and know not to sum them to 1 or 2 tracks?
     
  5. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Any 8 channel interface will do that. The UA Apollo, focusrite Scarlett or clarett all have 8 channel options at various price and quality levels. Some use thunderbolt, some use USB.
     

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