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Multiple channels to drum track?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by bornfidelity, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    I have been setting up a studio over the past few months, and I've got good instruments as well as mics and amps now, but I have a question regarding recording multiple channels at once.

    The drum kit for instance, I use at least 5 mics on it and I want to be able to edit all of these tracks individually later on (gates/compressors/EQ) on my laptop, so, what Do I need? 8 channels would be enough, and my laptop does have firewire 4-pins port (not a 6-pins one), first I thought I'd go PCI but then I switched to using a laptop. Perhaps USB is an option too?
  2. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    FW 4 pin or 6 pin doesn't really matter when the interface has its own power supply. 8 channels on a USB device would also be possible. The two extra pins are for power.

    If you work with a laptop you will need an external HDD to track audio. If you are looking for an external housing the ICY BOX are quite good.

    With a USB interface you might want a FW HDD or vice versa. FW is wide enough though to carry 32 channels up and down. So in theory you could even connect both on the FW port.

    I'll let others recommend on choices of the interface.
  3. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    Ha, Nederlanders boven alles

    But your story does confuse me a bit :/. HDD means harddrive in my book and I have a 250GB SATA drive externally but hooking it up to a piece of hardware that, well, turns it into USb 2.0. It should be able to transfer 384Mbit/s if I remember correclty. That should be enough?

    Are there perhaps mixers that allow for all channels to be eported individually to USB or Firewire?
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Go with a firewire HDD and converter, 'nuff said.
  5. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    ...a firewire converter? Does that enable me to record 8 mics to 8 tracks on my PC simultaneously? :/
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Depends on which one you buy.
  7. moisiss

    moisiss Active Member

    Look for an audio interface for your laptop....

    I would look at the FireStudio Project... (http://www.presonus.com/firestudio_project.html)

    I have the FirePod, an older version of the Firestudio, ...it works well for me, and is relatively inexpensive for 8 XLR in's. So, you can record 8 mics at the same time to different tracks.

    That's just a start though... There are a TON of different audio interfaces. Just go to musiciansfriend.com or sweetwater.com and look in the recording section for audio interfaces.
  8. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    Ok thanks, checking out the Firepod


    So they aren't very clear, right - I hook this baby up to my laptop and all 8 input channels will be saved as, say, a .WAV on my harddrive?

    (and all my mics are three-pin XLR. Wow I should know this but what's the input on the Firepod? (and the others))
  9. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

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    $399?? What's wrong with it?? If nothing is I'm getting it aye ^^

    edit: screw me, it's discontinued -_-
  10. droc8705

    droc8705 Active Member

    the firepod will let you record 8 xlr inputs at one time into the software of your choice. from there, you can do what you want with each channel. it comes with cubase le, which should let you do what you want if you don't already have recording software that will let you track 8 inputs at once.
  11. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    But those are not XLR ports now are they? Buying 8 converters for XLR to.. (what is it anyway? It looks like a ports on a poweramp?) seems a bit, well, you know.
  12. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    The inputs on the Firepod are combination XLR/TRS phono inputs. They're pretty common now on most interfaces. Regarding the Alesis mixers: they are mediocre. At any rate, the mixer is pointless since it doesn't serve as a control surface and I'm not sure the the eq goes to print. (That may be a good thing). Don't cheap out one your interface. As long as it has decent line level inputs, it's one thing you don't want to have to be upgrading constantly.
  13. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    Thanks :)

    So getting the Firepod would be best? For my purpose of drumrecording I mean. I can see how the mixer would be kindof pointless since I plan on doing everything on the laptop anyway. I won't be using it live. And how would I connect my XLR mics to the XLR/TRS phono inputs?

    EDIT: harmony-central shows veeeery mixed opinions. Anyone have personal experiences or other suggestions?
  14. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    "Best"? There is no "best". Best for you right now? Maybe. There are many other choices. Some plenty more expensive. Some around the same price range. There are a lot of Firepod users out there though. I'd say they probably make up a good portion of the home hobbyists.
  15. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    Hmwell. I'll do some research. Any info about converting the XLR to the TRS phono inputs?
  16. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    The inputs on the Firestudio are COMBO XLR/TRS. You don't need a converter. Just plug your XLR cable right in there or if you have to, plug your 1/4" phono plug in there. They will accept both.
  17. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    Ok. So the FirePod is of acceptable quality? Will my 2.4ghz/512MB ram laptop be able to handle it? (external harddrive via usb2.0)
  18. Gertok

    Gertok Guest

    512 mb kinda scary... but otherwise CPU speed is fine.
  19. bornfidelity

    bornfidelity Guest

    Ok, thanks :)

    Or is a multitracking device perhaps an option as well? It does record all channels seperately right after which you can put them on your computer?
  20. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    The computer is the multitracking device, the Firepod (et.al.) is merely the way you get the signal into it.

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