Multitrack Recording problems, I NEED HELP!
Posted on Nov 10, 2005 08:07 pm
Member Since: Nov 10, 2005
Well im starting a new post on this because my old post strayed from the topic a bit.
Well anyways, i have a Mac laptop and im trying to record multiple tracks on it at once (in garageband specifically, which works amazingly for me by the way). My predicament is i dont know how i can get multiple tracks into it into seperate tracks and record it all at once.
The thing is i cant use a soundcard because i have a laptop and nowhere to put the card and im looking for some device or devices that will allow me to input say multiple mics like a minimum of 4 for drums and then feed each microphone track into my computer and record them on seperate tracks.
Now what exactly do i need to do this? is something like the presonus firepod what i need? i really am just clueless here so an answer and explanation will do me amazingly!
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Nov 10, 2005 08:28 pm The presonus firepod is a sound card. Its an 'external' sound card reather than 'internal'. It will let you record 8 tracks at the same time through a fire wire port.
Nov 10, 2005 08:34 pm Is there anything just like it but possibly any cheaper? seeing how it is a bit expensive for my budget. thank you though
Nov 10, 2005 09:08 pm no, the other thread did not go off topic, it only had 6 posts in it...but whatever, just don't get in the habit of starting new threads every time somebody says something you didn't expect to hear.
As a rule, decent external device are not cheap, decent anything isn't cheap. The cheapest, or close to, you could find are some Edirol external devices at Musicians Friend, but they are just that, cheap.
Nov 10, 2005 09:22 pm sorry about all of that as well, im new to the boards so i need to just, my apologies.
Nov 10, 2005 09:25 pm to geoff:
the problems with those devices though is they only have two mic inputs and the rest are line ins. Im looking for something that has more than 2 mic inputs, maybe 4 or so or something, but as of now it looks like the firepod is the only device that has more than 2 mic inputs that fits my situation, can anyone justify that?
Nov 10, 2005 09:52 pm You're looking for preamps for your mics, and multiple connections to your software. Either you'll have to use a mixer for preamps, then have line outs going into line ins on the other interfaces listed, or use the firepod, which has the 10 preamps built into it already. Either way you're looking at $500+. For that type of flexibility, robustness, and a decent quality, you're going to have to spend some $$$.
Since: Apr 08, 2004
And you'll have to use the firewire or usb connection. I don't think there's any laptop interface that would have 8 analog inputs. If they did, it would be on 1/8" jacks, and probably be pretty prone to breaking. Not what you're looking for. I'd certainly lean towards the firepod.
As an aside, some of the readings I've done put the firepod very high in quality and usefullness.
MHO, FWIW =)
Nov 10, 2005 10:10 pm service.bfast.com/bfast/c...mp;bfmtype=gear
I've found this on musicians friend which seems to be in essence the same as a firepod but has 4 xlr inputs instead of 8 and is about 100 bucks cheaper. Would it work the same as the firepod or have i just landed myself on a different tangent here?
Nov 11, 2005 08:52 am They're basically the same thing, though with different # of preamps, plus whatever other differences may be present. From the quick look I did, they look pretty similar in other respects.
Since: Apr 08, 2004
If you're going to be tracking drums, you may also want to record a git, and bass at the same time. 4 xlr inputs would run out quick, plus you may want 6 mic on the kit.
I'd save my nickels, or stash the beer money for a few weeks to get the $$$ for the firepod, if it were me.
I'd read through the reviews, and check harmony central, if they have them listed, to see other's opinions.
Nov 11, 2005 10:18 am Your other option would be to get a reasonable (i.e. Behringer) mixer with preamps, and get a soundcard that didn't have preamps, but lots of inputs. But then you'd be over the price of the Firepod by then probably anyways.
Nov 11, 2005 10:48 am He's looking at firewire, due to using an IBook laptop. So there'd be a mixer (8 preamps) plus a 8 input firewire interface. The tascam has 8 inputs (I think, 4 preamp, and 4 line in) but the firepod would end up being cheaper, plus have better preamps (I would think).
Since: Apr 08, 2004
If I had to compare the berry preamps to the presonus preamps, I'd pick the presonus.
Plus, he wouldn't have to lug around a mixer, plus the interface. You would just have the interface.
Nov 11, 2005 10:54 am Yeah, the firepod is the way to go. If you could get a firewire card with lots of inputs, and a mixer, that'd work, but yeah, you'd be over the price of the firepod real quickly. Not to mention the back strain of dragging all that crap around too. Bite the bullet and get the firepod when you can afford it.
Dreamer, if you find a better price somewhere (from an authorized dealer) MF will match it.
Nov 11, 2005 11:45 am Doesn't look like the JL Cooper control thingy has any inputs/outputs on it. It's just a control surface, not an interface.
Nov 11, 2005 11:50 am my bad, didn't look that close.
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