Ok, to take my mind away from the trivial matters of guitar for a little while
I've recently purchased a Mackie compact mixer (havent even set it up fully yet
) and I'm curious as to how to go about achieving a certain setup.
If I go through the basics in my head, I essentially run the mackie mixer into my computer using one of the auxillary out terminals. Before buying the mackie, I researched into the Digi002 model and was somewhat frightened by the technical jargon and the price!
As I see it, a built in combination, such as the Digi002, allows the user to control the entire sequencer, in this case Pro Tools, through the desk. I have an analogue desk, and so obviously, cannot do this. (Am I right so far?)
Now, what I want to know, is how do I record every single channel on the mackie at once? (Say, if I were recording a live band for instance)
I've come to the conclusion, that the audio card that I have, Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum, will not do this, as it will only allow one connection of each type at once at once. Will an audio interface such as a Motu 828 allow me the capability to do this? What I mean is, if I can run a microphone, a keyboard and a guitar plus a few drums at once in the mackie, but have to record all of them at once, but only on one track of the sequencer. (therefore, I would HAVE to record each instrument seperately) Is there a way that I can get a setup that will allow me to record all of the instruments at once?
I'd imagine that an audio interface is the way to go, but seeing as I'm an ignoramus at such things, could someone point me in the correct direction?