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Beginner need help to setup

Discussion in 'Recording' started by blue2124, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. blue2124

    blue2124 Guest

    Hi everybody..

    I'm really new into audio recording field. Currently I want to setup a 4-channel simultaneous recording (I'm buying CoreSound's TetraMic which only works if the four mic channels are recorded simultaneously).

    I'm looking for pre-amp to interface the mics and the manufacturer suggested MOTU Traveler. Some things are dark to me:

    1. Is Traveler only a pre-amp, or does it also perform the recording (analog to digital conversion)? How can I tap the digitized mic signal to my PC? I'm thinking of Creative S/PDIF or Optical In, but will it work for such case?
    2. Hence, do I still need separate multichannel ADC/soundcard to record the analog amplified mic signal from Traveler to my PC?

    I hope I don't get the mic-preamp-ADC concept wrongly. Please advice me on this and thanks beforehand :)

    Regards,
    Sam.
     
  2. KroMag

    KroMag Active Member

    I'm not familiar with the TetraMic, but the Traveler is a firewire interface, basically all you do is plug it in to an available firewire port in your PC and plug your sound sources into the Traveler. I've heard good things about the Traveler, but I know for a fact that there are more cost-effective solutions for recording just four channels. Creative is a big no-no for music production. Others can advise with greater detail. Hope this helps.

    ZVH
     
  3. blue2124

    blue2124 Guest

    Hi,

    Thanks for your info.

    The requirement of TetraMic is that the gain of the four pre-amp has to be matching very closely. Hence the manufacturer suggested Traveler with its precise (seems to be discrete step) gain control. Is there any other audio interface which provides this kind of functionality?
     
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Try the DAV BG2 4-channel pre-amp. It's got stepped matched gain controls for each channel that can be set and re-set repeatably and accurately. It is just a pre-amp and does not have a computer interface. You would need an ADC after it, or else feed the outputs into a digitizing interface acting as an ADC. Beware that the output levels are high (clipping at +29dBu).
     
  5. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Here is what I use. motu 828

    Google it!
     
  6. melodicly

    melodicly Guest

    I never knew that there was such a unit that could do what the 828 claims to do. Now I know what I really need to be saving my money towards! Thanks
     
  7. melodicly

    melodicly Guest

    I never knew that there was such a unit that could do what the 828 claims to do. Now I know what I really need to be saving my money towards! Thanks
     
  8. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    I like the Pre-amps, well I may not know the diff either.
    but its a digital mixer 20 in and 22 out. I use 3 or 4 LOL.
    you can patch through to your daw, run through a plug-in (or comp),
    come back to the motu and out the mains live with very little latency.

    I use the USB-2 version
     

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