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Looking for new audio interface...Need help deciding...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by alfugazi, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. alfugazi

    alfugazi Active Member

    Hello, new to the forums. I am looking into upgrading my current audio iinterface. I have a Line6 Pod Xt which is great mind you but I need to expand my inputs so that I have the ability to record myself, drums and a bass all at the same time.

    I have been looking at different options for myself. The PreSonus FireStudio Tube which has the capability to record 16 simulataneous inputs. Is anyone familair with the Driver support for Vista? I have heard that Presonus has some issues with regard to their driver support.

    Also are there any other available audio interfaces that are comparable to the Presonus?

    I would like to Firewire everything in to the computer.

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

  2. Mauisnow13

    Mauisnow13 Active Member

    Keep in mind that not al 16 of those tracking capabilities are mic iputs. There are only 10 mic inputs.

    You can pick up 2 Firepods for about $400 and daisy chain them for 16 mic/line inputs. Just an idea.
  3. alfugazi

    alfugazi Active Member

    yes i am aware that not all are mic inputs. My concern is having mic inputs for just the drums and using the 1/4 inch inputs as scratch tracks to later go back and rerecord the guitar and bass.

    I figure in a typical micing setup I can use all 8-10 mics on the drums and go direct with the guitar and bass. Vox is not a concern because I do mostly instrumental stuff for film.

    Right now the budget will not permit buying two interfaces. I need something that will give me the most bang for the buck.

    Buying one interface is an idea I had to get me over that hump for the short-term. I can reexmine my options and look at purchasing another unit in 6-12 months.
  4. Mauisnow13

    Mauisnow13 Active Member

    Yeah, but one firestudio tube is more expensive then two firepods. ;) I do like presonus though. Haven't had a problem with them yet.
  5. alfugazi

    alfugazi Active Member

    I defintely see your point and appreciate the info.

    Im still looking around at my best options for the moment. I'd like to be able to record multiple instruments - mostly drums. I dont mind going back and rerecording the guitar and/or bass part - either direct or mic/ed. I usually do anyways or I double the guitar parts.

    I was wondering how well the firepods sync up when daisychaining? Do
    you need a wordclock to keep them in sync?
  6. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    You do not need a word clock to daisy chain 2 Presonus interfaces of the same model. One is a master the other a slave, after initial set up which took twenty minutes no problems. I also use Presonus interfaces daisy chained and have not had any issues but I am running XP for my DAW computer, so can't really answer about Vista compatibility. I played with the tube unit which if I remember correctly can not be chained and was not really very impressed with its supposed tube warmth, IMO it's more hype than effect. Curious when you say guitar direct do you mean from an amplifier out, because from a Direct Box or most pedal boards you still need a preamp, but you probably knew that.
    Other units Motu Ultralite or (Octo) 8 pre, Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, M-Audio Profire 2626, there are others like digi design if you are into PT.
  7. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    IIRC, the presonus tube unit can be chained to the firepod studio, but not to the fp10 or classic firepod. I used to have two fp10s, under XP, never had any problems running them together - just follow the installation instructions precisely.
  8. alfugazi

    alfugazi Active Member

    Thanks everyone for your replies....Any one had any issues with Presonus products under Vista?
  9. Mauisnow13

    Mauisnow13 Active Member

    Some people stated that the Firepod won't daisy chain to the FP10. This isn't true, they are the same unit just with a new name. The Firepod firmware just needs flashed. You can download it rom the Presonus site.

    Just letting you know in case you do go this way. And you can download the Vista drivers off the Presonus site also.

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