Choosing the right Preamp/Multi-track recording hardware? HELP

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by babcockni, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. babcockni

    babcockni Member

    Jul 28, 2011
    Hi.. Ive been recording vocals/guitar/keyboard and a bit of drums for almost 2 years now, but I use a soundcraft board which runs through the "Line in" audio on my computer. My issue is when I record multiple tracks at the same time they have to be PERFECT in equalization because they all record to the same track. I'm looking to buy a new preamp system or multi track recording hardware to overcome this issue. My class in school used the Presonus firepod which was perfect because it had 8 channels and was easy to use, but over the course of the year we broke a couple so they don't seem to reliable. I've also looked at the Phonic firefly 808. Don't really have a price range, just getting an idea of what is out there. Any help or suggestions is GREATLY appreciated.

  2. AToE

    AToE Active Member

    Apr 19, 2009
    Calgary Alberta Canada
    Check out the Onyx Blackbird, killer unit and lower price than much of the competition. They're what I use, I have 2 of them, soon to be 3.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    There are lots of multi-channel pre-amp/interfaces available in the market. The Firefly 808 that you mention is big on facilities, but does not have much of a name for sonic quality. Give us an idea of the maximum you are willing to spend and we can make some other suggestions.

    Like the Firefly 808, most of the respectable interfaces use a FireWire connection to your computer. Even if your computer has a FireWire port on it already, you should bargain on having to get a plug-in FireWire card (PCI Express for a desktop or ExpressCard for a laptop). These are not expensive, but you should make sure you get a card that has a Texas Instruments FireWire chipset. This last point is important if you want trouble-free recording.

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