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How to record drums on separate tracks?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by MattCiessan, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. MattCiessan

    MattCiessan Active Member

    Hi, I'm just starting out recording and have and idea of what I would like to do, but am not sure how to got about it.

    I have a Behringer Xenyx 1222fx mixer, record with the program Reaper, and I read that audio interface can allow for separate drum tracks..
    However, when I try recording more than one thing at a time, it ends up not recording on individual tracks.

    I would like to be able to record 6 microphones at the same time, but on separate tracks. How can I go about this? If I need more equipment, let me know.
  2. bouldersound

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

    Get an interface capable of more than 2 tracks at a time into the computer.
  3. MattCiessan

    MattCiessan Active Member

    what kind of interface could be used? it seems the USB connecting ones only allow 2 tracks at a time.
    should I get a different mixer? or could a sound card be hooked up to the one I have in order to do this? if so.. what kind is reccomended?
  4. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    First off, the point of a mixer is to combine many inputs into few outputs. Since you want to get many inputs into the computer, the mixer is unnecessary. What you need is an audio interface with lots of separate microphone input channels.

    For example (this is just for example - I do not own nor have I used this interface so I cannot vouch for its quality):

  5. bouldersound

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

    I believe there are several USB interfaces with more than 2 channels of recording, including mixer/interface combos like your Behringer. Going to Firewire may let you get more tracks, and going with a PCI based host system like MOTU PCI-324 or PCI-424 makes 48 or more at a time a possibility.

    It would be easier to give specific help if we knew what kind of computer you have (laptop/desktop, Firewire, processor type etc.) and what your budget is.
  6. MattCiessan

    MattCiessan Active Member

    Well I can still return the mixer, I still have enough time in the return policy. And I can either record on a laptop or a desktop computer. I know one of the computers I have is missing a sound card... is there a way to hook up the mixer to a soundcard to get the number of slots I need?
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    personally I would scrap usb for recording however, the RME Babyface may be something suitable for you and what will change the previous industry's thoughts on usb interfaces. I would trust RME to do this.

    The Tascam US 1641 looks really nice.
  8. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    Unless you have a sound card with more than 2 record channels (left and right stereo), which is unlikely, then the answer is "no".
  9. MattCiessan

    MattCiessan Active Member

    so that means something like Buy M-Audio Delta 1010 LT PCI Digital Audio System | Audio Interfaces | Musician's Friend could work. am I correct?
  10. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    It looks like that might do the trick. But I think you'll find people on this forum will more strongly recommend external audio interfaces over internal.

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