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Multi-track interface for drums Mixers (Digital)
Old 7th February 2017
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Multi-track interface for drums

I'm working on getting into collaborating with a couple friends from around the country and I need an interface.
I'm a drummer and want all mics on separate tracks.
Currently, I have 8 drum mics, but should be 10 or 11, hi-hat and 2 overheads.
I also need connectivity for some electronic drums or triggers. Either stereo and maybe midi might work. Right now, I use the stereo out of a Alesis DM5 module.
My budget is in the neighborhood of $500.

My first thought was to get the Tascam US-20x20, but there are not nearly enough inputs without getting a second one or another piece of equipment.

Aside from getting a full blown digital mixer, like the x32 which is way above budget, I've been looking at the Behringer X Air XR18. The main problem I see is that the sample rate is only 24bit /48khz. I'm very new to this, but most of the interfaces I've been looking at are 96khz or higher.
I don't know if this matters or not with drums.

I have a line on a used Yamaha 01v96 V2 mixer, but I was hoping to clear off my desk. I already have a Mackie cfx20 for analog mixing, but if the Yamaha is a better option, then that's the way I'll go.

I have a few options as far as computers. I'd like to go with either Win10 or even Linux. I'll configure this when I decide on the interface.

Not that it matters, but I also have a Behringer Xenyx 1222usb mixer. The problem with this is the digital interface is strictly 2 channel out.

Thanks in advance.
Old 8th February 2017
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I guess mt question is do you think there is a noticeable difference between 48khz and 96khz for drums?
Old 8th February 2017
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I guess mt question is do you think there is a noticeable difference between 48khz and 96khz for drums?
Unless you are true audiophile with great hearing I would say no.

Tried this out years ago with pretty much all freq formats and did not really notice a real difference until hitting 192Hz and even then only in certain frequencies. The biggest plus would be during mix down. Just my opinion.
Old 13th February 2017
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The XR18 does a great job recording at either rate 44.1 or 48. With all of the effects, etc. built-in it's a great deal. Quite rugged. 18x18 USB, easy to record to a computer.
Old 14th February 2017
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The XR18 does a great job recording at either rate 44.1 or 48. With all of the effects, etc. built-in it's a great deal. Quite rugged. 18x18 USB, easy to record to a computer.
Thanks. I really like the windows interface.
I will probably go for the XR18.

I was talking to one of friends and he only has a Tascam DP-02 on his end.
I think to start off, I will use my Xenyx1222usb and record mixed down to 2 tracks while I do some more research and wait for a killer deal on the XR18.
We'll see how my 2 track mix sounds and if I get tired of tweaking levels and multiple takes.
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