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Old 01-17-2013, 06:24 AM   #1
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Audio interface or mixer

Hey guys.
I am looking at getting back into recording.

I currently just use my iPad to record ideas but getting a new band together and want to be able to record the songs we write.

A few years ago I bought a saffire pro 40 I believe.
But haven't had FireWire in ages so it just sits there doing nothing. So I'm going to sell it for something that is USB.

But since it's been that long I'm confused about what to buy.

Do I need an audio interface or a mixer.

Also if anyone could recommend one that be great. Only looking around 200 mark.

Also 8 channel be good
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:31 AM   #2
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You could go for another saffire.

I'd say you are looking for an interface, and while you can get USB ones up to 8 channels, they usually only send a stereo signal into the computer, meaning you can record 2 mono tracks at a time or a stereo track of all the inputs
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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When you say stereo track on all inputs do you mean I could record all 8 channels at once?

Thinking of recording the whole band at once.
So it be a guitar or 2 mic'd then the bass, vocals then the drums.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:10 AM   #4
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
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Why don't you just get a FireWire card and use what you have?

Total cost =$25

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:51 AM   #6
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Has a piece of professional level gear, wants to sell it for a Behringer

You don't want a mixer, it's only going to give you a stereo out anyway and it won't be particularly good. Get a FW card and use what you have, it's going to be way better.
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Why don't you just get a FireWire card and use what you have?

Total cost =$25

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Honestly, this is your best suggestion. You aren't going to find an 8 Channel Interface worth buying at that price (Nobody give me that Tascam bullshit interface). You don't want a mixer because you won't be able to edit any individual element of a take since it just mashes everything together.

Besides, if you've got a Saffire Pro 40, you've got one of the best 8 channels you can buy till you get in the $1000ish range
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:26 PM   #8
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I have a laptop which doesn't have FireWire and heard you can't get a FireWire card on laptops if doesn't come with it.
So that'd mean buying a new computer.

Unless you can get a FireWire card?
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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Pick up a used desktop for $200 that has FW?

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I have a laptop which doesn't have FireWire and heard you can't get a FireWire card on laptops if doesn't come with it.
So that'd mean buying a new computer.

Unless you can get a FireWire card?

if it has any expresscard slots then you can.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:51 AM   #11
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Nope no slots to add a card. I've looked before.
The website stated it had FireWire but I wasn't into recording at that point so didn't bother setting up my saffire
And when I got back into playing I looked and it didn't have FireWire.
So now I've got this awesome piece of gear just gathering dust that why I thought sell it and buy a USB.
I'd like to use it on laptop to make it portable so could take it to a rehearsal space and mic up.
A desktop isn't really convenient for that.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:17 AM   #12
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Okay, you said 8 channel would be good. Are you actually planning on using 8 channels? like, are you going to be micing a drum kit or something? because that is really going to limit your choices, you'll get a much nicer 2 channel interface for that price than you will an 8 channel.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:07 AM   #13
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I'd like to.
I want to record every song we write and demo as much as we can and get it put out there. And just so we have a record of all our songs and can listen to them back.

So I was thinking 8 channels to be able to mic the drum kit as well as everything else.
Was looking at drum mics and some sets are 8 mics alone but will prob just use 5 mics. Or at least for live recording if demoing a track we could use 8 mics to get better results then just record other instruments after.

I just feel its better to do it this way rather than paying 100 or so to go in a studio.
Unless we get great results from this we will go into studio to record an album but for demos id rather just do it ourselves.

If I can't find a decent interface the next option is to find a FireWire laptop and dedicate it to studio recording. The saffire is an awesome piece of kit
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:31 AM   #14
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Alright, for demos it'd probably do but unless you have a lot of time and money it will be easier to go into a studio for anything that you want to sound professional. Unfortunately I can't help you with 8 tracks, unless you know anywhere that's selling the only-just-announced Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 which replaces the Pro 40 in the new series (which are all USB).
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:57 PM   #15
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I've heard about the new Scarlett products but haven't seen that one, just the 2 and 4 input one.
Will try find it.


Yeh we do intend on going into studio for ep and tha but that's a while off.
Will check out the Scarlett now
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:08 PM   #16
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Just found it on gak for same price as I paid for my pro40. Hoping for about 200 for it if I do sell it. Wouldn't say half price is unreasonable, especially because only been used a handful of times, put it back in box you'd never know its been opened lol
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