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suggestions for cheap 4 track simultaneous recording

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by origami, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. origami


    Jun 26, 2005
    Big D TEXAS

    i want to dump all my old 4 tracks recordings from the olden days into my computer to mix. i already have an old magic cakewalk program, but with my current soundcard or the limitations of the software, i think you can only record one stero track a time.

    because of tape wow and flutter i cannot dump the tracks one at a time (they won't ever be recorded exactely at the same speed). therefore i need to do all 4 tracks at the same time (simultaneously).

    what can i do to do this cheaply...

    i have thought of going the HD recorder route, or the souncard/software route.

  2. Obviously the cheapest option would be to mix it down to stereo, but that's not ideal.

    The next best thing would be to borrow (or buy) a USB or firewire interface with four inputs. The lower grade ones (with RCA inputs only) are quite cheap and would work sufficiently well.

    Another option I thought of would be to record them in two lots and then time stretch/compress them to match. But, that's a hell of a lot of work and is likely to result in dubious quality. Plus, you need a program capable of doing it, like Ableton Live.

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