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I have a 2 channel audio interface but will be recording up to 8 at one time.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by trumpetprod, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Hi guys.
    I will be recording a drum set (acoustic, of course) with 4-8 mics. But the problem is: how do I do that with a 2 channel audio interface? Any solutions? Is it really expensive?
    Thanks
    tp
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You cannot do 8 at once. Well not quite true. You can use a stereo microphone technique to mic the whole ensemble ala live performance. Otherwise, the hard and fast rule is one microphone per input channel of interface. That is why too often advice is given here at RO to buy for future needs rather than because of immediate urges.
     
  3. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Are you talking about my audio interface?
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

  5. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    That was actually a present from my uncle. D:
     
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You know, here's the thing about presents. If you have expressed your appreciation appropriately and have given honest effort to utilize it and it still doesn't meet your needs, then you have no further obligations to continue handicapping yourself. I don't remember what interface you have because there are too many threads I answer so it's always helpful to remind folks what that interface in fact is.
     
  7. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Lexicon Lambda
     
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You can do 5 inputs with that. You'll need a two channel preamp to utilize the two line inputs with microphones. The 5th input will accept a guitar or bass direct from an instrument cable. You just can't squeeze eight out of it without summing down from another mixer and that defeats the purpose of multi track recording.
     
  9. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Something like this? http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/ART-PRO-MPA-II?sku=581817
     
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Yes. At least on the MPA Gold the tubes could be changed out to better ones and it improved the whole unit.
     

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