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Do these USB devices in Multitrack Recording or Stereo?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ray1018, May 31, 2010.

  1. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member


    As i know, most of the USB audio interface in 2 channel input. But nowadays, there are a lot of USB audio interface or even a USB Mixer comes with more than 2 channel inputs. In this case, do it means c'ld recording in Multitrack like what Firewire Audio Interface did? or, it still a Master Stereo Channel on USB recording? Thanks for explaination with appreciation.

    below are some samples of USB devices...
    MultiMix 8 USB 2.0 Integrated USB 2.0 audio interface and mixer
    Samson - Zoom - R16
  2. bouldersound

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

    Based on their websites and manuals:

    X1204USB: stereo out, stereo in

    MultiMix 8: 10 out, stereo in

    Zoom R16: 8 out, stereo in
  3. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member

    So, do this means Record in 2 Channels ONLY? :eek: And the 2 Channels are the Main Output Mixdown?
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    USB is not inherently limited to two channels, it's just that it's not easy to get reliable recording (input) operations at high channel counts, so manufacturers like to position their products as either low-end (USB, 2-channel) or higher (FireWire, multi-channel). Products like the Zoom H4N and even the Digidesign Mbox 2 can record 4 channels via USB, even if in the case of the Mbox 2 two of them come in via S/PDIF.
  5. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member

    I see. Which Model will you recommend for a Multitracking? BTW, i'm Mac & Logic user...
  6. bouldersound

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

    By "out" I mean channels out of the interface to the computer, and "in" means back from the computer into the interface. So you can record 2, 10 and 8 channels respectively from the Behringer, Alesis and Samson. All three have stereo return from the computer.
  7. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member


    I w'ld like to say thanks for your patience...haaaa...
    Maybe i'm din't make thing clear. What i mean is Those USB Devices seems limited to recording 2 Channels or Stereo at ONCE Via Computer Software like Logic Pro in stead of Multitracking at once like what Presonus Firepod c'ld be.
    Am i right?
    Or, I'm still lost? :p
  8. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    You are incorrect USB does allow multichannel recording. Just like the Firepod. This Tascam is an example Tascam US800 from zZounds.com. The reason that you are not seeing a lot of these units recommended here is that they are basically consumer oriented. As far as increased latency in USB versus Firewire I am not sure. I know a good deal of latency has to do with the computers ability to process the information cpu/ram/ disk drives (you should be using two seperate drives.) Firewire is the preferred choice by most for higher number of channels. I know I am combining several concurrent threads you have running here but the Samson, Beh%^&&&ger, and alesis units you asked about are not at all in the league with the Mackie or to a lesser degree the Presonus units. I have no experience with Phonic.

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