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Multitracking with Firewire? Possible?

Discussion in 'Converters & Interfaces' started by longsleeves, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. longsleeves

    longsleeves Guest

    I've been looking to purchase a Firewire mixer/input device for use with my computer, but it's unclear to me whether or not these devices do true simultaneous multitracking in your DAW.

    For example if I'm using an Alesis MultiMix 8 or a Pesonus FIREPOD with Cubase.. and I have four microphones plugged in is there an individual track for each mic in Cubase? or is it all mixed into one track in the DAW?

    I remember reading a review of an Alesis USB mixer and the review said it was just one audio track in the DAW and not an individual track for each input.

    Does anyone know if this is universal with all firewire inputs? Can some of them multitrack and some not?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks a lot!
  2. Some firewire interfaces only do stereo (2-track simultaneous) while others do more tracks simultaneous. Firewire interfaces are capable of true simultaneous multitrack recording.

    As for the Alesis MultiMix series, the USB models only do stereo mix outputs, but the firewire models do true multitracking. I own the Multimix 16 Firewire and I get 1 wav file for each input on the mixer, up to 16 tracks (8 XLR and 4 stereo line-ins) OR I can just get the stereo mix (choosen in your recording software). This model comes with Cubase LE which only allows recording 4 simultaneous inputs, so if you want more you'll have to get new software (I recommend Sonar).
  3. longsleeves

    longsleeves Guest

    thank you very much! that helps a lot!

    does anyone know about the firepod?
  4. I own 2 of the Firepods and run into Cubase SX normally when doing drums i will record 10 tracks at a time so yes its multitracking and if you have a good enough pc set up properly there is barely any latency mine is only 4 ms
  5. simran

    simran Guest

    need help

    hey broz i'm a new bee to this site
    can u plz help me for the following things

    first of all i have a cakewalk sonar 5 . i do have a 12 firewire multimix and a x-fi elite pro sound card
    i wanted to know that does this mixer do simultaneous multi track recording in my software

    is it worth my money and blends good sound??
    how can i record the tracks <multitrack > by applying the effects of the mixer

    will my sound card and mixer work together

    does it gives latency and supports wdm and asio2?
    does it do midi playback and audio playback both at a time
    can i adjust <mix >the volume during the audio playback from the mixer
    how about automotion??
    plz answer
  6. backinthelab

    backinthelab Guest

    To answer your questions...yes. I run a RME Fireface and have tracked 16+ at a time under very low latency. It's capable of 26 tracks in total, never had to get that far...yet!
  7. simran

    simran Guest

    thanks bro
    see supposing i have rec upto 20 tracks and i wanaa mix the all frm my mixer what shall i do??
    plz help
    and how do i impose effects and rec in pc tooooo???
  8. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Firewire? I'm still using betamax.
  9. lk

    lk Guest

    Betamax is superior :p

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