you can indeed use normal windows drivers and a firewire interface without
making an asio compliant audacity.
i compiled an asio version and use it constantly, have so far done up to 24
tracks with absolutely no problem...
but it cannot be redistributed due to steinberg's liscencing.
you can, however, do it yourself if ya want to.
that said, with normal windows drivers, i have recorded 8 trax
simultaneously with a presonus firepod firewire interface.
the caveat is that overdubs will have latency.
but to record up to 8 trax simultaneously?
hell yah, you can do it and it will work ok...
make sure your disc is defragged and load up on the fastet ram your puter
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008 07:15:15 +0100
Subject: Re: [Audacity-users] direct sound support
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On Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:13:00 -0700 (PDT)
Jeff Knibbe <knibbeje@...> wrote:
> I have two mixers, one analog and one firewire.? I continue to hope
> that audacity will at some point support more than 2 channel
> simultaneous recording on the Windows platform.? I've read about the
> ASIO situation and I don't expect that to be solved anytime soon.? I'm
> not a programmer so I can't compile for Windows (or for Linux...)? I
> read however that it is possible to compile Audaicty for windows
> starting at v. 1.3.3 and up and include direct sound support for Windows
> and freely distribute it.? Would this enable simultaneous multitrack
> recording with either of my mixers and if so, would it be OK if someone
> posted a source for me to download such a compiled version?? I'd be
> happy to pay someone for their time providing that didn't break any
> other rules.
I guess you have seen our Wiki page on multi-channel recording:
It's not possible to say if you had a DirectSound-enabled build of
Audacity if it would see multi-channel input from your mixers.
Possibly it might with the Firewire device; I imagine the analogue mixer
relies on the sound device in the computer?
If you can get better EWDM drivers for either sound device, you might
be able to record multi-channel now, as the above page says.
Note you won't get the very low latencies with DirectSound that ASIO
will give you. So if you can persuade someone to teach you how to
compile Audacity, then build it with ASIO support, that is your better
option really. There is some help here:
plus in win/compile.txt in the source code.