Mixer or Firepod

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Post Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:38 pm

Hey guys,

I'm looking to start recording drums and I'm not sure which audio interface I should buy. I want to be able to record drums, guitar, bass and vocals directly into my computer. I think I've narrowed it down it down to a Presonus Firepod FP10 or a Behringer XENYX 2442FX. Both fit my price range and appear that they will meet my needs. I was wondering what your opinions are for one over the other, and also the advantages of a stand alone mixer versus a firewire interface like the Firepod.

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Post Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:14 pm

my first interface was a firepod, its a solid piece of gear, i never had any problems with mine and i get a pretty damn decent sound with it, also the cubase software it comes with is a really good software for a beginner to get their feet wet with, but it is limited, at some point your gonna want to upgrade to a better recording software. Im not familiar with the behringer model you mentioned but i dislike behringer in general as a brand so id say go firepod lol.
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Post Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:44 am

Firepods are the bomb.
I have 3 of them daisy-chained together.
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Post Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:15 am

Same here on the Firepods. I also have three daisychained but upgraded to Cubase 4 to replace the LE program that came with them. Super easy to set up too.
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Post Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:05 pm

I highly recommend the firepod. I use one and it works really well. Simple and effective. The only problem i've ever had was with the firewire outputs, but other than that. It's solid.
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Post Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:28 pm

FP10 = Awesome.

I don't know much about the mixer, but I know berringer has a reputation with mixers dying
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Post Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:15 pm

hear a Firepod here:


did those tracks myself (i'm a 100% amateur)

for better stuff on a Firepod:

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Post Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:30 am

well, the first thing to address is this: unless you already have a multitrack audio interface installed on your computer, that mixer will be useless.

presonus units have really good microphone preamps. I say go for the firestudio.
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Post Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:06 pm

This topic's almost six months old, but I use a FirePod for all of my tracking.
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