My Mac has two Firewire ports...a Firewire 800 and 400 so.....

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by theapex, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. theapex macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2008
    Could I connect two different firewire interfaces at the same time? And access both through logic (or whatever daw I am using)

    If so what would be another nice interface to couple with the Tascam 1082?

    thanks you all are really a great help to the audio community and help people like me (with lots of questions) out tremendously.
  2. Cycom macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Are you talking about FW audio interfaces? Why do you want to use 2 different audio interfaces at the same time? Seems like a silly idea. Why not just invest in a high quality one that has all of the i/o's that you need? Look at MOTU, Apogee, and Metric Halo.

    Besides, the firewire bus is shared, so you wouldn't be getting 800 speeds on either.
  3. theapex thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2008
    I just said why...cause I have the Tascam already. I was wondering if down the road I wanted to add more inputs or outputs could I do that by using the other firewire port.

    The speed of the firewire port is irrelevant. I just brought that out to show that there were two different ones. And just for the record I was told that there 800 ports does have 800 speed.
  4. OttawaGuy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2006
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    It does, but both are on one Firewire bus, so if you're utilizing both, you will not get full speed on both.
  6. theapex thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2008
    oh yeah I knew that. I thought he was talking about all the time...I was thinking "why would the make a firewire 800 port that would only get 400 speeds"
  7. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2007
    It's only sensible to do on devices of a similar type because of differences in latency.
  8. theapex thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2008
    yeah I understand all that, but does it work...that is what I am mainly concerned with.

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