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Firewire > USB conversion? (possible?) Audio Interfaces
Old 2nd May 2012
Gear Maniac

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Firewire > USB conversion? (possible?)

Simply put, there something that could convert a firewire protocol to USB2.0 rather than me having to buy a new USB interface for use with my non-PCMCIA equipped PC laptop? I think I already know the answer, that even if there was a piece of hardware to do so, it wouldn't be nearly stable enough for professional audio.
Old 2nd May 2012
Gear addict
ta-ta-ta-DAH. He answers his own question, and correctly
It might be time for Craig's List. Hopefully someone local will have a USB interface you want in exchange for your FW.
Old 2nd May 2012
Lives for gear

Your instincts are indeed correct. Take out a for-sale ad and get a usb interface.
Old 2nd May 2012
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Old 3rd May 2012
Gear addict
It would be harder for me to believe that just about any recent laptop more affordable than an MBP comes with a TI-based firewire port.
Old 4th May 2012
Gear interested

Originally Posted by yosefTux View Post
It would be harder for me to believe that just about any recent laptop more affordable than an MBP comes with a TI-based firewire port.
One would assume that it's not a recent affordable laptop since it doesn't have a PCMCIA slot.
Old 18th May 2012
Gear Maniac

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Yup figured I knew the answer. unfortunately no IEEE1394 (lenovo y570) and yes even if it did I doubt it would prove stable enough for audio. I've been using the USB3.0 bus for my eleven rack just to track guitar ideas while my studio pc is in storage (moving to Kansas City) and it has been surprisingly stable. Let's see how well it can handle at least 8 simultaneous drum tracks though lol.
Old 20th May 2012
Gear addict
Actually, I have a Lenovo Y-series Ideapad with 1394 by Ricoh. I have auditioned a Presonus FS Mobile and it worked just fine, so don't underestimate that lappy. At least mine is designed well and has stable underlying drivers.
Old 21st May 2012
Gear Maniac

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Absolutely, I love this laptop. With an i7 sandybridge and 8gb ddr3 it packs a punch (more than my studio desktop ironically lol) I've just heard stories about how USB isn't optimized for transferring high resolution audio as much as firewire is, but it seems to be working well thus far.
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