Since: Aug 17, 2004
What program are you using to record in your laptop?
I'm going to run with cubase LE since you've got a firepod, but if not it will be a good example.
Open up a new blank project in cubase. Create 8 new tracks. Click on each track and assign the inputs to the correspoding track. If there are less than 8, or no inputs, go to the devices menu, and device setup right down the bottom. Make sure your audio device is the firepod. The go to the device menu and VST inputs. Push the on buttons for each.
Next plug your instruments/mics in and get the gain right so its not clipping.
To be able to monitor, you will probably need some kind of headphone amplifier. Do you have one?
I have no idea how you would monitor with the H/P out of your fire pod cause it doesn't have a built in mixer? but I'll shout you a few possibilities. Set the latency low on the firpods control panel (if it has one). And set the latency low in cubase(or whatever you're using). In cubase it is device menu, setup, and then audio I think. Set it for record latency and try to get it as low *** possible (128 ms should do).
Next make sure your outputs on each channel are set to your L/R outs. Hit the monitor button on each channel (little speaker. glows orangy yellow when hit) and see if you can hear what you're playing through your headphones. If it works, you should be able to use the level faders to change the H/P mix.
Make a new group track/bus and call it Headphones. Set its output to the same output as your headphones. Make a send from each channel you want to hear to the Headphones group. Then hit the monitor buttons on all the channels you are sending to the Headphones group channel.
Then select all your tracks (hold down shift, click the track 1, then 8), and make sure the red 'record' icons light up on each one. Hit the record button on the transport panel and give the players the thumbs up.
Hopefully the monitor thing works. I've never dealt with a fire pod before so am applying the same logic that I would use for other sound cards.