I already picked Joseph Burrell's brain about this, and thought I would try and expand this:
I need your help. I arrange and write a LOT of choral music. I would love to have some decent recordings of some of these arrangements and such, but at current, I only have the ability to record two channels (right and left) at a time.
I was wondering if you knew of ANYTHING that might be like this,
But say, with only 4 channels? Something I could record four
SIMULTANEOUS AUDIO tracks with (Via a firewire interface) in Tracktion, for example, where I could go back and edit those tracks later.
I can do two, but not 4. I don't need 12 or 18 or whatever they are offering, PLUS - the OPTIONAL firewire interface is another $400.
So $950 or so for this particular setup - I need something much less, but which will still work with tracktion or other DAW.
I need FIREWIRE because I do not have PCI - but I do have a PCMCIA card on my laptop, so that would be another option.
Thanks a bunch - it's not a big deal right now - But I really would love to get some decent recordings done while the group I am with and writing for (men's a cappella group) is still together.
MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5ghz 4GB Ram OSX 10.5.8
Korg TritonLe & MAudio Oxygen 8
T3, Logic 9, DP7, K2, GPO4, Strad, Gofriller, C&MB, Finale 2010
Well, I recently purchased the PreSonus FirePod and have successfully recorded multiple tracks in two, three, four and up to eight with excellent results. I've used the Mackie Onyx and it is great if you have the money. My only beef is it should come with firewire standard not as an option. Alesis recently hit the market with a firewire 16-channel board for around $400. That may be worth looking into. Another to concider is the Hercules 16/12 FW - Firewire Audio/MIDI System $499 to $599 depending on where you buy.
Hope this helps a bit.