firewire or direct line in?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by killjoy60723, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. killjoy60723

    killjoy60723 Guest

    I want to purchase a macbook, which has only one firewire port. I know that 5400 RPM hard drive speed is a little slow for recording, so I want the firewire port free for an external hard drive. I also want to buy a TC electronic Konnekt 8, which is a firewire device. I think it's possible to connect my bass to the konnekt 8, and then connect the konnekt 8 to the macbook's audio line in port using an audio cable. Will this yield results as good as just firewire? will there be more lag?
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    It will add:

    - Noise
    - Distortion (not the good kind)
    - Conversion steps, which in addition to the noise and the distortion just mentioned, it would add even more noise and distortion.

    It will take away:

    - Headroom
    - Resolution
    - channel count (for individual control at least)

    In other words...
    Bad idea.

    Besides, the Konnekt 8 has 2 firewire ports. 1 is the output to the computer and the other will allow you to plug in your hard drive and work both devices simultaneously. The PCI/Firewire bus on the Macbook should be able to handle this with no problem.

    Cheers -

  3. casper

    casper Guest

    Cucco is there a reason why you cant use a USB external drive and connect the firewire audio interface to the firewire port?
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    No reason at all. That would also work.
  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    I used a MOTU 828, daisy-chained to a firewire drive, for sevral years on a 1GHz Powerbook with no problems.

    Firewire 400 is fast enough, USB has to managed by your cpu, and doesn't have as high of a sustained data rate.

    You will need at least some sort of preamp for Low level signals that bass and guitars produce.

    :cool: 8)

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