Firewire / USB, which way to go?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Jolly Jimmy, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

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    Hi,

    I have a Macbook, and I want to buy a audio interface of some sort and an external hard drive. But there being only 1 Firewire 400 port, I need to choose between getting a Firewire interface and a USB external, or the other way round. I won't be working with more than 2 inputs at once. What are the pros / cons of each set up? What will best fit my needs?

    Thank you!

    JJJ
     
  2. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    I'd recommend getting an external hard drive that has both the USB and Firewire interface. But I'd recommend using the Firewire interface for the hard drive most of the time and use USB for your audio.
     
  3. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Firewire will give you better performance generally - although the specs are similar, real world performance is noticeably better on firewire (yes, even firewire 400).
     
  4. Jolly Jimmy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know, and if I had more than one port I would get a firewire interface and a firewire hard drive, but the point is I don't.

    Basically, If a USB audio interface in enough for what I want to do, then I'll go with that and a firewire hardrive.
     
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    real world performance of what?
     
  6. hdsalinas macrumors 6502

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    If you are getting an external HDD I would go with one with both USB or Firewire connectors. Most PCs dont have firewire and if you need to transfer stuff between your mac and other PCs it might prove valuable down the road.
     
  7. Jolly Jimmy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I agree with getting an external HDD with both USB and Firewire connectors, but this does not answer my question. I need to use both an audio interface and an an external HDD at the same time, but a macbook has only 1 firewire port.

    Maybe if I put it differently :

    Assuming that Firewire is the prefered connection, would you give priority to an audio interface or an external HDD?

    Cheers

    JJJ
     
  8. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    yep, it's no problem putting both devices on the same bus. check w/ the manufacturer regarding which device should be "in the middle", as it were, but i suspect it'd be the interface.
     
  9. Jolly Jimmy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    They actually advise against putting both on the same bus. Which brings me back my question. Would you give firewire priority to the audio interface or the external HDD? (the other would use USB)

    Thanks

    JJJ
     
  10. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    which piece is it?

    ah, i mis-read your question before.

    definitely firewire for the hard drive. for only 2 channels, USB is fine for an interface.
     

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