1930 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2009 9:32 AM by John Alcock
John Alcock wrote:
At the same time? Or total, with just a few simultaneously?
For recording purposes, 4 mono channels (or 1 stereo + 2 mono) recorded simultaneously.
16 tracks are the total number of tracks for my average demo project, after everyone recorded his/her part.
Thanks for asking. I guess that point was not clear in my original post.
A USB interface is well able to handle that load.
My Tascam US-428 did four channels in and two out wonderfully on a G3 iMac 400 MHz over USB 1.0 back in 2000.
If you want a little more flexibility down the road - a couple more channels etc. (it might be nice to have a few more channels than four available for recording a drumkit, for example, or a second set of outputs for routing stuff to external effects without having to switch cables) - the Presonus FireBox is a pretty good bang for the buck. Not high-end, but not bad.
Needs no driver installation, so no waiting months for the manufacturer after a system upgrade, and no problems just hooking it up to another machine when needed there.
Message was edited by: spheric
For your budget and requirements, I'd first look at Echo Audio and secondly Focusrite.
You'll probably also want an external hard drive for your projects, and if your budget can stretch a little, I'd opt for the 17" MBP only because it has an ExpressCard/34 slot which would greatly help future expandability.