ok, I'm setting out in my flimsy little sailboat as I attempt this recording stuff. I am using an Alesis Multi 8 FX USB and a Tascam digital DP01 recorder. I think I should run the mixer thru my Behringer F Control Firewire, but not sure. The idea is to record my songs into WAV and then export them thru I don't know what as a DAW, but so far Garageband seems the best bet on my iMac. Any thoughts?
Okay, I admit I haven't read through this entire thread, but I did read a lot of it and I'm still not quite clear on whether what I'd like to do is possible and/or recommended. I'd like to use a digital multitrack recorder like a portastudio and then mix and tweak the tracks in GarageBand on my Mac. I do see that the TASCAM DP-008EX will export - but I saw something about the tracks being in FAT format, which means they won't be recognized by my Mac, right?
Am I doing it wrong? Do I need to pick either an interface with a DAW OR a digital standalone recorder? I can't have both?
Thanks for your help! Sorry if this has been addressed - much of this is very over my head at the moment...
Whilst the Tascam certainly has the capability of recording 16 tracks you would have a muddle of inputs if different and variable sensitivities and hooking everything up for transfer and getting consistent levels would, I think be something of a pain.
Better I would say would be a dedicated line 16 track converter and two come to mind. The Cymatic LR-16 at ~ £200 and the much more expensive but IMHO probably much better Allen & Heath ICE-16 at ~£550. The latter is available in Tascam wired "D" connector format and that would make plugging up very much simpler.
As far as transferability is concerned? Both devices dump tracks onto a hard drive as .wavs so I would assume you just find that batch of files in whatever DAW software you are using?
16 bits at 44.1kHz is Waaaay better quality than any tape! The noise floor from even the cheapest converter is going to be at least 20dB lower.
I sense that most "pros" think super 44k operation is cork sniffery. There are I understand some "technical" reasons for using 96kHz for certain FX/plugins but even that would only be a few tracks, maybe just a stereo pair, at a time.
What does a good DAt recorder use for bitrate @44.1KHZ?? I'm just asking that because I have done all my mixes not to tape but a DAT @44.1KHZ and that has always sounded great to me.
Sorry for dummy question, but I have never touched USB multitrack interfaces. I am looking for USB multitrack recording interface (with 4 or more separate analog inputs) what will appear as separate Wave (MME) Devices in Windows XP/7. Multiple inputs via ASIO/GSIF/etc. will not work for me, because I am using some proprietary software what supports only Wave devices as input sources. I can't use another software, so it's a mandatory requirement. Therefore, I need interface which will give me something like this:
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I do have Delta 1010LT (PCI card) and it works exactly as I need. However, times of PCI are gone, and I need something similar with USB.
Also I am interesting in Cakewalk UA-1G. It provides just 2 inputs (it's ok for mobile use), but I am not sure that 2 of these inputs will be available as different Wave/MME devices.