HELP! Seperate tracks on a Mac???

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  1. g00dbye

    g00dbye Guest

    Hi all. I'm new to these forums, but I have a question I've been dying to get answered. So, I'm a Mac user. Right now, I'm using a brand new eMac (which is like an older iMac, not a tower), and I record at home on a regular business. I'm trying to figure out how I can record something like drums on seperate tracks (i.e. a track for each tom, snare, overhang, etc.) straight into my computer. I use Cubase SX. I understand that your soundcard determines most of this, but using a Mac, I was under the influence that swapping out your soundcard is a bit more complicated. Right now, I just mic each item of the drums, put each mic into a 4-channel input Yamaha mixer, and take the signal and put it into the comptuer, thus having all 4 inputs coming out as a mono signal. Can anybody tell me what I might need to buy/do to make seperate tracks on my multi-track recording program? Thanks! -Brian
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
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    What you need is a multi-channel audio interface. This allows you to record mutiple channels/tracks of audio at one time.

    There are many types and brands out. You can get the PCI card type (if that works in the eMac) or a Firewire or USB interface.

    Do some research into that area.
  3. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    you need a firewire audiocard as the emac has no pci....
  4. Rider

    Rider Guest

    if you can get it, motu 828mkii is pretty decent (or mki off ebay..). i know quite a bit of mac people use it, and im wanting to get one as well when i start getting my setup back.
  5. g00dbye

    g00dbye Guest

    So, audio interface devices take input FROM a mixer? I'm assuming you plug each mic into a mic cable, plug the mic cable into a mixer input, take a 1/4" cable form the outs of each mixer input, plug into a audio interface input, and then send all the signals through a USB cable into my mac? And do you only need one input on an audio interface and it automatically distinguishes the 4 seperate inputs from the mixer? For some reason, I had assumed you just directly plugged in an XLR into an audio interface, and had a USB cable running to the computer, making the mixer obsolete. Somebody please clear this up! Could somebody also put some kind of link (preferably to of the actual hardware I'd need to buy. -Brian Is this what I'd need? Maybe?

    (Thanks for your help so far, by the way)
  6. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    you need one preamp for each mic...... some soundcards have them built in...... some don't


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