Best interface between mixer and g3?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by aino, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. aino macrumors newbie

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    I'm attempting to enter the computer age with our recording equipment. I know how to mix, etc. Have 12-channel Yamaha mixing board, Cobalt mics, etc. I'm trying to figure out to input feed from board into a G3 900mhz ibook running off Tiger. I have Audacity installed. Is there a USB adapter that can take the feed from the board into Audacity and mantain the channels? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    USB won't be able to handle 12 channels, you'll need firewire for that. you can get a sense of what's available here.

    channels are generally offered in powers of two, but i think MOTU might have a 12 channel interface.

    also, what's your budget and what software do you think you want to run?
     
  3. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    Do you have 12 outputs from that mixer? Meaning, do you have 12 direct outputs, channel inserts, and/or aux busses? I guess my question is, are you looking to do multi-channel recording or direct-to-stereo recording? If all you want is 2 channels in and out at once, there are a ton of options, ranging from under $100, to over $1000.

    If you need 12 simultaneous inputs (or a combination of 12 ins and outs), you're going to need a firewire interface. A lot of companies offer 10 channel FW interfaces (MOTU Ultralite, Mackie 400F, Edirol FW-101, and the Presonus Firepod are four that come to mind immediately, all good choices) but 12 channel interfaces are rare. You'll usually be looking at going to a much larger interface if you need more than 10 ins/outs at once. A few choices are: MOTU 828mkII, MOTU Traveler, RME Fireface (very nice, but a bit spendy), and the Apogee Ensemble (REALLY nice, but a bit spendy).

    Think about how many channels you need to record AT ONE TIME. If all you need if 8 mics, then run 8 channels from the mixer to an 8 channel interface (see above) and leave other things patched into the mixer if you need them later. If you need all 12 channels, you'll definitely be looking at a larger interface.

    Also be aware that not all of these interfaces have 12 ANALOG inputs. Take the MOTU 828mkII. It has 20 inputs (and 22 outputs), but only 8 analog inputs. You'll need a one or more extra analog-to-digital converters to use the other 12 inputs with analog sources.

    If you specify what your exact needs are, I can recommend the right interface for you.
     

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