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Firewire for audio interface & usb external hard drive or vice versa?

Discussion in 'The LUG Lounge' started by Michael S, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Michael S

    Michael S New Member

    I have a macbook pro. I am hoping to record directly from my audio interface through the laptop, to a portable external hard drive. As their are no more express card slots on the 15" pros, I cannot add a 2nd firewire port or even an eSATA port. I only record 2 tracks at a time and of course, don't want any latency. So the choice is Firewire audio interface (such as the Edirol FA-66) recording to a USB 2.0 hard drive, or USB 2.0 audio interface recording to a Firewire hard drive.

    Perhaps I should just record dircetly to the laptop and move the files to the external drive after each session, which would be a bit of a pain.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
     
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  3. Markdvc

    Markdvc Administrator Staff Member

    Two tracks at a time should be no problem whatsoever. I would try using the internal drive first of all. You really should also be able to run a FW drive and interface connected together.

    kind regards

    Mark
     
  4. Michael S

    Michael S New Member

    Thanks Mark,

    So you're saying that when recording only 2 tracks, a firewire hub connected to one port should be able to handle an audio interface and external hard drive at the same time.
     
  5. Markdvc

    Markdvc Administrator Staff Member

    I didn't mention a FW hub, that shouldn't be necessary. Just try plugging the FW devices together in series. If it is a critical recording, you are of course first of all going to test everything out, and make sure it all works, right?

    kind regards

    Mark
     

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