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Cheap multi channel audio capture Audio Interfaces
Old 31st January 2007
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Cheap multi channel audio capture

Hey all, I am looking for the cheapest way to capture multi-channel audio. I need to record the audio from up to 6 microphones to seperate audio tracks. I am not too bothered about audio quality: this is for testing the battery lifespan of devices, so as long as I can tell if they are still producing audio, that's fine. Any recommendations? I could do a PCI card in a desktop or a PC card in a laptop. I am planning on using this with Audacity, so compatiability with that is required. Any suggestions?
Old 31st January 2007
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Presonus Firepod?

Alesis Multimix?

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Old 1st February 2007
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Okay, thanks. The MultMix 8 looks like it would do the job. One question tho (and forgive me if this is a stupid one: this isn't my area); will the MultiMix 8 and Audigy be able to record the tracks individually? I need to keep the tracks separate, not mix them together.
Old 2nd February 2007
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Mic inputs

Hello,
Check out mic/line interfaces from SM Pro Audio, they have very good specs for the price. They have individual channel outputs, but I suppose you´d need an ADAT option to plug into your card.
Old 5th February 2007
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Presonus Firepod?

Alesis Multimix?

War
I could be wrong on this, but after researching, I can't see how either of these would work. What I need to do is to record simultaneously from the individual inputs as seperate files, and I don't think the firepod or multimix would allow this. To clarify if I wasn't clear before: I need to capture each of the individual inputs to a file, not the downmix of the inputs.

I'm thinking that an M-Audio Delta 1010 may be more appropriate, but I am not sure how well this would work with 6 microphones. Anybody had any experience with that? I'm trying to keep costs down here, and I am hiping I could get away without adding pre-amps to the mix. Again, I am not that worried about sound quality: I merely need to be able to establish how long a particualr channel is receiving sounds.
Old 5th February 2007
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All the mentioned interfaces do this.
You'll need a software to record tracks on separate files.
Check out the Hercules 1612 I think... it's the cheapest of those mentioned.
Old 5th February 2007
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All the mentioned interfaces do this.

Really? (not meaning to sound facetious here, I'm just trying to make sure I get the right gear) I got the impression from the Alesis multimix 8 USB 2.0 manual that you couldn't record the individual tracks simultaneously. It says "The USB port sends the Multimix’s MAIN OUT/TAPE OUT left and right signals to the computer."; nothing about sending the individual inputs.
Old 6th February 2007
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well, ok, I didn't even consider Alesis
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