I am trying to find a way to record 4 tracks (live) at once with a decent but affordable audio interface

Either fire wire or usb.

I have purchased an Alexis I04 recently , but it wont play ball with Acid Pro 8 and the Cubase wont work either..

So it works as a mixer but not as a recording interface for me.

I have been recomended the Akai unit, but on the internet this also has lots of driver issues.

Previously I have used a Line pod 6 UX2 which is brilliant, but it only does 2 channels at once.

Plus the valve recording station shown above..(cheap used off ebay)

Help has anyone cracked an easy afordable way of doing this with low noise, maybe with a USB mixer.?

I'm trying to find the right bit of kit seems much more tricky than it needs to be..

Also do cheap USB mixers add loads of noise or are they ok for recording and does anyone do one that allows four track recording into Acid pro all at once.  

All ideas are wellcome.....

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Yeah, I've liked the look of Zoom stuff and thought about it. All their gear tends to be packed with features but what do they have to trade off to flog it at those prices. I know people who love their Zoom gear and others who feel it's a bit plastic and flimsy with below par sound quality. Dunno who's right. Depends what you're expecting I guess.

The portastudio units that run on SD cards are great if you want to record somewhere that you wouldn't want to lug a PC along to. The ones I looked at seemed good until I looked at what they'd do when you wanted full multi-track recording computer - they tended to offer only a couple of tracks even though they had four or eight faders. I don't know about the R16 - maybe that's better.

With all these units there's an element of "you get what you pay for".

Bemuzic used it for her album and that sounds fab...I recon if I can figure this out it should be wicked.. time will tell . It apparently does 8 in and 8 out as an audio interface, but only if yiou can figure out how to use it...

I need a point and shoot..device... so far turned it on, got confused and repacked it...as was tight on time..

so far cant get past this, anyone know how to start a project?

Incase anyone gets the same fault
It was a cheap and nasty faulty sd card that came with it.
Well done zoom!

heres a quick youtube link to a very quick 5 min mess about on it

Zoom Quick tester

First go live recording with a zoom, 4 mics into the zoom 4 channels recorded as I played the song

Mics are cheap chinese sm57 £12 copies, and a vintage sure China copy.

It surely must sound better than my Iphone recordings?... if not I have failed.


O.K. now you can't mix everything in headphone you need to dig up a pair of these.

There are tons a affordable monitors out there but it really helps to have more then one reference as to how your mix sounds. I got a pair HS5's on sale no regrets. Wanted the 8's could not afford.


My brother is using Midas Venice U16 for his home studio

Cool never hear of that one before. any good?


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