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FireWire for PC?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Housteau, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Housteau

    Housteau Active Member

    I am currently considering a new digital interface for recording. I am looking at several different products such as PreSonus and Tascam. The Presonus unit I am looking at is Firewire based and the Tascam is USB. The Presonus is nice in that you can keep adding units to increase capabilities. I usually think of Firewire as being Mac based, but I see that they have Firewire cards for PC laptops. Does anyone have any experience using Firewire on a PC, and how well does it work?

  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    So long as the card has a texas intstruments chipset, you should be ok.
  3. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    I use the firwire cardbus on my pc laptop, both for an interface and harddrive, works fine. As with all computer audio equipment, check for compatibility with your cpu before you buy.
  4. shill

    shill Member

    firewire works ok on pc if you have a ti chipset (for laptop) firewire is fastest although usb 3 is cool if you have that. i had a lot of problems using firewire on pc so i went to mac
  5. Housteau

    Housteau Active Member

    I had a real problem finding a new PC laptop with a motherboard that would accept a FireWire card, so I just picked up a real nice notebook sized laptop. It has 8G memory and a 750 HD running an i5. It works great with my music editing and I will be going for a USB interface.
  6. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    My firwire works great on my home-made PC. It's not a laptop, though, is that's what you are asking about.

    Can you roll your own DAW? It's not that hard anymore. You just need to spec out the parts. I can PM you some recommends if you want. You'll get a vastly superior DAW if you roll your own. Custom made for your exact purposes.
  7. Housteau

    Housteau Active Member

    My interest was for a small portable laptop for location recording. I have heard that PCI FireWire cards do work well on tower systems.
  8. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    They work just fine if you spec them out right. But you're going the laptop route...that's out of my area. Best of luck!

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