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expanding FirePod channels using MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Recording' started by igotnosmoke, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. igotnosmoke

    igotnosmoke Active Member

    hey guys,

    i am looking at a cheap way of expanding channels on my existing Mac Book Pro / Presonus FirePOD set up.

    I am aware that i can buy another Presonus FirePod and chain them together however... i am looking to add a cheaper alternative... and additional 4-8 Channels (12 -16 total) would do me just fine... just wondering if anyone has a similar setup?

    Would i be correct in saying all drivers of similar purpose hardware would conflict if used on the same machine??? meaning i would have no choice but to purchase another FirePod?

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    With the exception of adding two more channels via S/PDIF to your existing FirePod, you probably are limited to daisy-chaining further FP10s.

    Last time I tried using dissimilar hardware on a Mac, I could get either one or the other to work, but not both at the same time. However, I got the impression the limitation was the software application I was running (Logic) rather than driver conflict. What application software do you use?
  3. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    If you never upgraded the firmware in the firepod you will not be able to use two at a time and in some cases your DAW will aslo limit you to only 8 simultaneous channels at a time. I will suggest you to buy the firestudio that comes with the lightpipe option this way you can add watever pres (up to 16 channels) if you needed to in the future. hope this helps.
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    OSX 10.4 and after allow for the creation of an aggregate device.

    Two or more audio devices can be combined, you can configure with audio/midi utilitity found in the Utilities folder.

    Also do search in the utilities online help for specific instructions.

  5. igotnosmoke

    igotnosmoke Active Member

    thanks for your input guys

    Boswell - i am using Cubase LE (which comes with the firePOD.

    The Lightpipe sounds interesting, i will take a look.

  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The FP10 (FirePod) does not have ADAT lightpipe I/O, so you can't expand it that way. The FireStudio Project is the same. You have to go up to the FireStudio 2626 to get lightpipe I/O.

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