Multi Track and Alesis

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by quigleybc, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. quigleybc macrumors 68030

    quigleybc

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    Hi,
    I'm hoping one of you can shed some light on multi track recording for me.

    I just got an Alesis MultiMix 8 USB mixer to record my drums and also a bass player.

    I was hoping that once I connected the multimix to my Mac I would be able to record each channel separately. However all the channels are being mixed together in Garageband and Ableton Live.

    So, this means I won't be able to mix the Bass as a separate track from the drums, it's all mixed before it's even recorded....am I doing something wrong? Or is that just what this Multimix device does??

    If so, I will need to take it back and get something else. I want to multi track record 5 mics for drums, and one bass input, what should I get that will do this and is hopefully not be insanely $$

    help....did I buy the wrong thing?


    :eek:
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    looks like. the page you linked to said it had "stereo USB". you're not really going to be able to push 8 channels across USB, anyway.

    if you've got the scratch, maybe get a metric halo kit.
     
  3. quigleybc thread starter macrumors 68030

    quigleybc

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    thanks zimv

    any other suggestions for multitrack recording? What would the dirt cheapest option be for multitrack?

    What should I be looking for when reading the specs of these types of devices? so i don't get the wrong thing again.

    Thanks again Zim
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    you want to ensure you have the right number of simultaneous channels of a/d conversion. i think a lot of those USB/firewire mixers mix down to 2 channels of conversion. so maybe look for an interface (like this one) that isn't the mixer form factor.

    (btw, i've not used the firepod, i just put it out there as an example)
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Sorry Quig -- the Alesis Firewire version is the one you should have ordered. The USB models are limited to 2 channel recording, the Firewires are multichannel. Can you send it back for trade in?
     
  6. quigleybc thread starter macrumors 68030

    quigleybc

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    yup

    returning it on Monday. Oh well, it's still pretty nice, but not too useful without multirack recording.

    thanks guys

    :)
     
  7. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    I've got a MultiMix Firewire 16, and it's fantastic, I'd highly recommend it if you're thinking of getting one...
     
  8. quigleybc thread starter macrumors 68030

    quigleybc

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    *Update*

    Went with the Firepod....very excited

    went to the u s and a and saved cash cuz of the exchange rate and lower tax..

    Multitrack firewire maddness here I come.....:D
     

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