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Old 16th September 2012
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Need more inputs - New interface or aggregate device?

I have a fast track ultra 8r, it's a great device, but I need a few more inputs. I'm running pro tools 9 native on Mac OSX.

Ive recorded my drum set in the past and had to limit it to fit in then 8 input limit, but I would like to be able to capture the whole thing, so I need about 2 more inputs, giving a total of 10. Should I try to find a good interface with this many or aggregate a few together (my current 8 inputs with maybe a 2 or 4 input interface)? I am a little worried about aggregating and it being "sketchy," but only because I've never done in before. How stable is this sort of setup?

Also, if you suggest to get a new one, throw me some suggestions and if you suggest aggregating a smaller one, throw me suggestions for that one too. Thanks a ton.
Old 16th September 2012
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Buy MOTU 24I/O. You can add 4 MOTU audio interfaces to their PCIe/PCIX card giving you a humongous number of I/O. The audio interfaces also sound excellent and are quite affordable. They might be best bang for buck especially in your situation.
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Buy MOTU 24I/O. You can add 4 MOTU audio interfaces to their PCIe/PCIX card giving you a humongous number of I/O. The audio interfaces also sound excellent and are quite affordable. They might be best bang for buck especially in your situation.
I'm not quite sure how that works, but whenever I see pci card I think of the Mac towers in that I'll need a pci slot, but I'm working with an iMac so I don't have that option. Does this system require a Mac tower or is the pci card part of the interface?
Old 16th September 2012
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Ah, sorry. It does require a desktop computer :( I don't think there are many USB/FW audio interfaces on the market which have more than 8 I/O.

EDIT:
Acutally there is: RME UFX.
Old 16th September 2012
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Ah, sorry. It does require a desktop computer :( I don't think there are many USB/FW audio interfaces on the market which have more than 8 I/O.

EDIT:
Acutally there is: RME UFX.
Hmm I'll have to check that out, never heard of it, thanks.

And I know, it's really hard to find any interface with a substantial input count for the native system. ;(
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Hmm I'll have to check that out, never heard of it, thanks.

And I know, it's really hard to find any interface with a substantial input count for the native system. ;(
Mackie Onyx Blackbird 16x16 Firewire are fine pres/interfaces for the $. You can connect two of those.
Old 18th September 2012
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You want just 2 more inputs?

Your fast track has s/pdif, which gives you 2 digital inputs.
Get a s/pdif preamp like an Art DPSII which has 2 channels over s/pdif.
Plug it in and just go...
Old 18th September 2012
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Using aggregate devices is sketchy at best in my experience.
Old 18th September 2012
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What's you budget?
I'm thinking of replacing my SSL Alpha-Link AX to this:
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