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vanwinkle52
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I recently was thrust into the " Hey Curley, why don't you make a demo for us" fire. I've been mixing for sound reinforcement over forty years, but let the digital side pass me by. Now, I've purchased a Firestudio and could use a hand with the project. My question is this. Would a good Firestudio compatible sound card for the PC be a good investment? I am really getting fed up with hardware/software issues that eat up all of my time.

The system so far:
Direct outs from a Soundcraft LX-7 drive the inputs to the Firestudio.
Firewire to a Intel Qx6850 Quad core processor / 8 gig memory on Windows 7
The 1394 chip is a compatible match according to the "list".
A generous donor to the project provided us with Protools HD 10. (A musician with money?)

Any suggestions greatly appreciated. This is a 10 or 12 brain cell project. I've only got 5 good ones left.
Thank you all in advance..................Curley
matthewgorman
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The 1394 chip is a compatible match according to the "list".


What chip is it? There are some chips on the list that have proven a little "quirkey" best to know for sure you are good.

FWIW, why not look at the Studio Live boards. reduce the amount of gear needed for the show. Unless of course its a fixed installation and you dont have control over gear purchased.
Matt

Lenovo Thinkpad E520, Windows 7 64bt, 8 GB RAM, Intel i5 Processor
StarTech EC13942 34mm Expresscard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839158010&Tpk=startech%20EC13942
S1Pro V2 (Special Dog Balls Edition), Melodyne Editor, Nomad Factory Studio Bundle, Waves Renaissance Bundle, Firestudio Tube, Faderport, Monitor Station, HP4 Headphone Amp Yamaha HS50 Monitors.
Shure Mics (57's, 58's, and a 1953 Unidyne), Various AKG, Various MXL Ribbon Mics.

1974 P-Bass, 1990 Jazz, 1985 Guild B302, Ampeg SVT with 4x10x15 cabinet

http://soundcloud.com/stars_apart
vanwinkle52
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Thanks Matt,
I put together a great analog system for the live stuff. I have always been a fan of Soundcraft, DBX, Crown and JBL. I had no idea back then that they would all end up under the Harmon logo.

This digital project is new to me. I had no idea that the headaches would be this bad. I'm hooked now so there is no turning back. I just need to get a system that works without all the nonsense hardware/software issues. Every time I blink, Protools needs to close. I thought that having a PC sound card that the Firestudio and Protools like talking to might keep me from heavy drinking.

Thanks again for your response.........Curley
matthewgorman
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Well, maybe the issue you are having is Protools? If Protools is crashing, best to figure out why that is before you spend money on a solution that isnt a solution.

If the FSP can handle the number of inputs you need, then you will probably be ok with that (although you still want to make sure the exact model of firewire chip is ok). The FSP comes with S1 Artist software, so you may be able to ditch Protools. If you are intending to capture live recordings with this rig, and protools is crashing alot, it may not be the best idea. Free software or not, if it isn't working then what's the point (maybe thats why it was gifted to you?)

On the other side are the SL boards. One of the benefits to them is all mixing and live recording through one piece of hardware. Also, the SL series comes with Capture software. Capture is a very light on resources recording software that acts as a digital tape machine. One button press will configure all inputs and set to record, and can be more reliable in a live setting than using a full DAW that takes more resources to run. The cost of a 1602 is roughly 2x's the cost of an FSP, but may be more reliable for you. The SL boards also come with S1 artist
Matt

Lenovo Thinkpad E520, Windows 7 64bt, 8 GB RAM, Intel i5 Processor
StarTech EC13942 34mm Expresscard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839158010&Tpk=startech%20EC13942
S1Pro V2 (Special Dog Balls Edition), Melodyne Editor, Nomad Factory Studio Bundle, Waves Renaissance Bundle, Firestudio Tube, Faderport, Monitor Station, HP4 Headphone Amp Yamaha HS50 Monitors.
Shure Mics (57's, 58's, and a 1953 Unidyne), Various AKG, Various MXL Ribbon Mics.

1974 P-Bass, 1990 Jazz, 1985 Guild B302, Ampeg SVT with 4x10x15 cabinet

http://soundcloud.com/stars_apart
 
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