USB Mixer

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by stratman312, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. stratman312

    stratman312 Active Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Hi, I've been playing guitar for about 9 years, but I'm still relatively new to home recording. I'm using a M audio 410 firewire interface into a mackie mixer, but Im heading off to college and would like to get either a firewire or usb mixer. First of all, are there any clear benefits to getting a firewire, and can I get some suggestions for both? Thanks
  2. cabeceira

    cabeceira Guest

    it depends on how many inputs do you want... firewire is just fastest than usb wich means that if you want 3 or more inputs recordind simultaneously you will want a firewire device, otherwise if you want just one input for your guitar a usb should do the work...
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Most USB audio interfaces are USB 1.1. That's adequate for up to 4 simultaneous inputs. If the device is USB 2.0, it's a high-speed device capable of anything that a FireWire 400 connection offers. But most USB mixers will only allow for a stereo recording capability. That's where you'll find that a FireWire device will allow up to 8 simultaneous independent tracks to be recorded with 8 reasonably decent microphone preamps. This is the way to go to school. Lightweight, compact & Smart. Generally between $400 US to $800 US for a quality unit. It will also have some awesome LE software. Coupled with a laptop it makes for an awesome studio package. You also want to get yourself an external hard disk drive of substantial proportions.

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  4. stratman312

    stratman312 Active Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Ok, so Firewire sounds like the way to go. Can anyone offer some good recommendations around the $200-$500 range (this includes used items)? I am looking at the Mackie Onyx 1220 and the Alesis multimix 8. thanks
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    For Firewire I recommend the PreSonus Firebox. I use it, and I've used my friend's units also and they don't compare. The onboard pre's are good quality and don't hiss until you crank it that last decibel or so. If you need more inputs though go for the PreSonus FP10

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  6. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Frozen Tundra of CT
    Yes it says mixer and maybe that is what you are looking for but a simple interface might be the way to go esp. in a dorm room due to its size, and do all your mixing in the box (on the computer.) A lot of guys coming in to recording from live sound automatically think they need a mixer, when in fact an interface will suit them better.
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