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Is it possible to run multiple sound cards in parrallel?

post #1 of 22
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Hi

Ok so I am thinking f putting 6 sound cards in a computer to record 12 inputs each (2 on each card) Is it possible to get these cards to work in parrallel eg all recording into the same software at once?
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lol thats a good question

It'd be interesting to see how this one turns out
    
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depending on how much you are going to spend on those soundcards, you'll be better of getting one with 12 or 16 inputs on one card. And I'm not sure, and I'll have to check, but I think nTrack recognises inputs from mutliple soundcards. I'm not sure about protools.
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Why exactly would you want to do this?
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post #5 of 22
multitrack recording. It gives you so much more options if you want to record songs, the final result will sound much, much better if you use it well.
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I have at least 6 with 2 inputs and cannot afford a mixer. Multitrack would work But I am going o try this first
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While it is possible, the extra overhead produced by having all that data in your PCI bus would be greatly slowing things down. I am in agreement with Kluit, who suggested a single sound card with many inputs, such as these offerings from M-Audio and E-Mu. They are simmilar in price to what I estimate 6 budget sound cards would cost you. You can get the M-Audio for $199 at zzsounds.

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...10LT-main.html
http://www.zzounds.com/item--EMU8803

Another option you could consider is picking up a small mixing console, and feeding this into a single sound card. If you had somebody to man the console for you, you could produce some very professional recordings, albeit without many of the fancy effects that a PC-based solution could offer you.
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I already know all of my options and know how to do mixing.

I don't have 250$ to spend on that either... Then I would buy a mixing console
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I already know all of my options and know how to do mixing.

I don't have 250$ to spend on that either... Then I would buy a mixing console
To answer your question then, yes, it is possible to use multiple sounds cards within one system. No, it is not an optimal solution.
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post #10 of 22
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But how could I link them together. My cousin uses 3 sound cards but they should somehow be linkked I think.

Ohh P.S. I knew it wasn't optimal but its all I can afford
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