Re: Firewire advice
- From: RS <RS@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 19:26:44 -0500
On Wed, 17 Feb 2010 14:29:45 -0800 (PST), ed s <eshamble@xxxxxxxxx>
On Feb 17, 4:03 pm, Dinosaur_Sr <frostback2...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Feb 17, 3:10 pm, ed s <esham...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Feb 17, 1:42 pm, Dinosaur_Sr <frostback2...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
I am getting a DAW. All I want to play into it is a guitar and a base.
I want to get a basic firewire interface. I am going to start out
basic across the board, see where I want to go and upgrade after
that. Any suggestions?
Since your a Dinosaur & seemingly not wanting to get overly
complicated - I'd forget the PC based stuff and get a stand alone with
knobs. I have a Tascam DP01FX & just upgraded and got a Tascam Neo
2488 also. Love both easy to use NO PC crap to bother with. 2c Ed S.
I had to think quite a bit about which way to go, but in the end I
really like computing...and I go way back. Made myself a Sinclair
computer back in the day!
You have been warned! Mouse away - reboot - to small to see in bad
lighting - latency problems, compatability, complicated . etc etc.
I just wanna play and have it sound good with no fuss. ed s.
Not sure I follow that, Ed. The whole point of using a computer-based
DAW is for better visibility, easy download of bug-fixes, etc. You
can get a lot more information on a 24" monitor than on one of those
tiny LCDs. And if you want to do waveform editing...?
I appreciate the all-in-one thing too. A portastudio kinda thing can
keep you focused on what you're playing. It's got less distractions,
so you can get basic track ideas down quickly. Problem is there's
relatively little depth if you want to get deeper into plugins,
Latency problems can be addressed by just getting a good interface,
which is one of the things that you're paying for with a standalone
Complicated...well, that's another thing. Very easy to get bogged down
in details on computer-based systems. Cause they're there.
A couple cautions to anyone using Firewire though: Many of the
interfaces were originally intended for the Mac. -Some- vendors (like
Digidesign) tend to throw together crappy Firewire drivers for the PC
just so they can sell more hardware. Digidesign's tech support has
been known to tell their disappointed PC-using callers "buy a Mac." (I
find that company unbearably arrogant).
Also, laptops don't usually have a full 6-pin Firewire connect, so you
can't power an other-wise 'portable' interface from the conventional
mini-Firewire plug. Not the case with USB.
So while Firewire is better for streaming, often USB 2 will work in
places where Firewire won't.
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