#1
http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/PowerStudio/connect.asp

Here it shows a mixer being connected to the Firewire version but not the USB one.. would it be possible to connect a mixer to the USB one so I could record drums with more mic inputs? If so, how would it be done? Also could someone recommend me a some decent mixers that have 6+ inputs?

My other question is that as far I can see, it doesnt have a 1/4 input for guitar leads yet shows a guitar put directly into it? Does that mean an amp miced or is it possible to directly input a guitar with that input..

Thanks in advance
#2
It shows the mixer being put into the Firewire version as it has 4 TRS inputs for things like mixer channels, keyboards, and other line-level devices. The XLR inputs are of the XLR/TRS type, there is a 1/4" jack in the center for plugging in guitars, basses, etc.
#3
So if im understanding right, it wouldnt be possible to get a mixer into my setup for drums?

EDIT: I think I understand.. with the Firewire version I would be able to record with a mixer with each channel on a separate track on the interface? Whereas with the USB one if i put a mixer through it then all the channels would be on one track on the computer?
Last edited by soundcheck1 at Jul 17, 2008,
#4
So this is my plan:

Sonar Power Studio interface + software
Ozone3
Auto-Tune 4
Shure SM57
Rode NT-1a
M-Audio Keyrig 49
KRK RP5's
FL Studio

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i have quite a lot of the stuff in the top section already. i do want to be able to record drums on channels so ill give the mixer a miss for just now i think. (let me know if im understanding it wrong!)

so before i start saving to upgrade my comp and get a firewire interface, any suggestions for improving this particular setup?
Last edited by soundcheck1 at Jul 17, 2008,
#5
Bump! Can anyone confirm what I said about the mixer being able to record onto 1 track?
#6
There are way better choices to go than that interface, but if you already have a mixer, yes you can record one track...it'll end up stereo unless you panned it. As for good mixers, look into Mackie and Alesis's offerings.
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#7
Such as? Im looking at that one cause of the good software that comes packaged with it and its good price..

Keep in mind I dont have Firewire!
Last edited by soundcheck1 at Jul 18, 2008,
#8
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Such as? Im looking at that one cause of the good software that comes packaged with it and its good price..

Keep in mind I dont have Firewire!


Is it too difficult to open up your PC and add a $10 Firewire card, or stick a $30 card into your laptop? It seriously improves the things you can do with your computer if you get a good 8 input FW interface like the Presonus FP10/Firestudio Project or Art Tubefire 8.
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#9
I thought about doing that but does it not defeat the purpose of Firewire? Would it still have less latency than USB?

Can you link me to some Firewire cards.. I found some on ebay but I dont really trust buying something like this from there. How would I install it?

Thanks very much for your help.
#10
Nope. The PCI interface in desktop computers' motherboards is actually faster than Firewire, so it'll operate at top speed.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124015

It installs like a sound card: http://www.build-your-own-computer-tips.com/install-pci-cards.html

I've done it many times before without a problem. Just don't force anything, and touch the metal sides before handling the card to discharge static and it'll be good.
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#11
Right ok! One last question!

For a Windows computer running Cubase or Sonar, what is the best interface out of the 3 you mentioned? (FP-10, Fire Studio Project and Art Tube Fire 8).

Thanks again for all your help!
#12
It's hard to say, it's really based on what has the easiest to use software as they are both very competitive. Electronic musician has reviewed the Project and Tubefire, so I suggest looking at them and making your decision:

http://emusician.com/aux_hardware/emusic_presonusfirestudio_project_firestudio/

http://emusician.com/hardware/art_tubefire8/index.html
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