Hi! Although I have a laptop computer with Cubase LE as a home recording software program, I did buy a Fostex VF160ex two years ago and I'm now trying to get into it. I have been following the manual and have a few questions.
First, is there any advantage to using my Fostex digital stand-alone recorder/mixer vs. using my laptop with my Cubae LE recording software at hand as well? Or is there really no advantage for me to use my Fostex with my computer setup? Maybe I wasted my money buying this portable digital recorder if I have my computer setup at hand.
The other question is this. I'm confused with the whole BUSS RECORDING option with Fostex (or with my computer software program as well). What is this BUSS thing? Do I first record my audio or midi instruments in the DIRECT RECORD mode (to how many tracks I decide to use) and then I need to switch to the buss recording mode to use special effects, mixing (pan, EQ, faders, etc.) to add those things to the original tracks I record in direct recording mode? Or do I choose buss recording right to begin with if I have audio instruments plugged into the Fostex recorder (say, guitar/bass/vocals) for recording but I want to use the built in special effects or mixdown options?
So, when I choose a buss recording option, does mean I need to "buss" or send my special effects to new, unused tracks to get the effects to record on to my original audio tracks that I first recorded in the DIRECT RECORD mode? If that's true, then how do I combine my orignal audio recordings (dry) in direct recording mode with the synthesized effects (pan, faders, reverb, etc.) to save as a final program recording which includes those mixdown effects?
Guess I don't understand the BUSS word. Can't effects just be added to the audio tracks you originally recorded with DIRECT RECORDING mode without worrying about this bussing thing?
In my Cubae LE computer home recording software, there's a command to add effects to your pre-recorded audio tracks and it lets you "sample" or "test" the effect before you save. If you like it, it save it to the audio tracks you recorded: NO NEED to deal with buss settings, buss routes, buss anything. So what am I not understanding?