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yo guys, I'm brand new, firewire interfaces please!

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by joebot, May 8, 2007.

  1. joebot

    joebot Guest

    sorry to come in here full guns blazing but I need info :D

    right, first off let me enplane, I am and always have been an analog engineer, I own this, it is old, but I love her!!


    this isn't the exact one I robed this pic of the net for convenience.

    basically I am trying to get my little head around digital recording, I have buried my head in the sand long enough, no matter how much I want it tape and large format consoles just arn't coming back :cry: so, got me a computer, here it is

    ntel Core 2 Duo E4400, Socket 775, 2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail

    1GB (2x512MB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15

    Abit AB9 Pro WiFi iP965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

    case and power, now first I am a little worried about my systems potential, I want to run 24 channels at 96k 24 bit with multiple plug-ins on every channel, I also intend on using my desk for both running audio in and to mix with, this might well end up being two computers synced in some way, one for audio and one for FX. I will ask how I do this at some other point :lol: , I would just like to know about interfaces at the mo, I am going to try and get 16 channels up and running, pos on 2, 8 channel cards. I want to know what to buy really, something that is going to run in the quality that I want, has fire wire and dosent cost the earth, I was hoping to spend no more than 400 quid on each box, is this realistic?

    if not what are my options?

    thanks guys!
  2. joebot

    joebot Guest

    ps, I'm not sure what daw I am going to end up with, at the moment I am using SX, more than anything cause I have been using cu base for years for sequencing and I am relatively comfortable with it, I might well end up with pro tools, just thought I would add that in case it mattered :D

    oh and O hate digital desks sop please can no one try and talk me into buying a digi desk controller, it isnt happening!!, when they put fully controllable pots on 32 channel desks with 96k pre's pless for less than 200 quid I might consider it :wink:
  3. joebot

    joebot Guest

    boooooooo, someone must either know or care enough to tell me!! :lol:

    this isn't an analog free zone is it :twisted:

  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Well you're asking a lot. What exactly is a quid? Cubase should work fine and the specs of your computer should be fine.

    As far as interfaces are concerned, the Presonus Firepod is within your pricerange I think. Or, you might look into the M-audio Delta 1010. (Not the LT.)
    These are PCI however and have a breakout box. The nice thing about them is that they don't have internal preamps, so you will have just the line level inputs and won't be running through unwanted circuitry. (apparently the line inputs on the firepod don't entirely bipass the preamp circuit, but that's just hearsay. Add salt.)
  5. jdier

    jdier Active Member

    I would recommend the RME Stuff. I run an RME Fireface 800 with an Octamic D inserted to give me 16 ins and outs. runs well on a lesser system than yours. For my main app I run Reaper. If you are all analog I would guess that you would find a lot to like in reaper... in addition, it is a light load on CPU and comes with many of the effects that you will not have accumulated yet.

    Check http://www.reaper.fm the main developer runs the RME PCI based stuff which is suppose to be even more solid than the FW stuff.

    Been really happy with the RME stuff.

    Hope this helps.
  6. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    You might want to wait for the Mackie 1200F to come out: http://www.mackie.com/products/1200f/splash.html

    This will include their Tracktion 3 software, which might be all you need: I also grew up with Cubase, but switched to Tracktion 2 a couple of years ago and never looked back... version 3 has just hit the shelves, and it's great!
  7. joebot

    joebot Guest

    a quid?????, 400 quid :D

    I will check those out chers mate!!
  8. joebot

    joebot Guest

    sorry but that Mackie caused an unusual sexual response!!, it looks awesome!!

    no idea what the price tag is going to be have you?
  9. joebot

    joebot Guest


    looked at that one, it dosent seem to have the right amount of stuff on the front, I will be recording hopefully at least 8 tracks at a time with the drums alown, I realize I will need to beef up my system a lot pretty soon but I need to get away from my 2" reel to reel!!, it kills me to say that!!!, but it has to be done, this smaller system is just a first step into the world of digital recording, the next thing after a few good interfaces will be a super dual quad core mega bitch of a machine

    nice one feller
  10. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Well If you like that mixer and want to interface it to the pc. to do it right you need 24 in and firewire out.
    which means you need the motu 24

    Now the fire wire out will keep the tracks seperate if you purchase a firewire sound card.
    heres the motu 424 pci card

    If I had your console this is the way I would go.

    as for a DAW I use sonar-6 and it also has active controller tech
  11. joebot

    joebot Guest

    this seems like a really good solution to my problems, cheers, I will go do some research on this immediately!!
  12. joebot

    joebot Guest

    the price is right on this one to be honest!!


    someone on another forum is trying to make me buy a pro tools hd, there is no price that I can find on the net, this suggest to me that they are damn expensive!
  13. jdier

    jdier Active Member

    Check the Fireface 800 again... If you are going to be using your mixing board, then you do not need the preamps. You will run a 1/4 snake from your board (where your preamps are) to the BACK of the FF800. The inputs on the front are just the built in preamps.
  14. joebot

    joebot Guest

    yea fair point, but for the same money (here or there) I can have 24 channels at 24 bit 96k with the motu......or am I missing something, besides my trusty tape machine :cry: ....aaaah, I won't forget her :cry:
  15. jdier

    jdier Active Member

    seems you are right. I have not owned or used the other one you are suggesting. I just wanted to make sure the FF800 was not ruled out due to a misunderstanding about number of inputs.

    I own an 800 and like it fine and suggested it as you mentioned a desire to record 8 simultaneous inputs.

    I would imagine the other choice would work for you as well, but I have not experience with it.
  16. joebot

    joebot Guest

    aaah, kool man, cheers though!! :D

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