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Hooking up firewire to non-firewire computer?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by MarkG, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. MarkG

    MarkG Member

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    Some of you may know that my old computer died on me, and I needed a new one quick. Found a sweet deal on a Toshiba i3 so I jumped on it. Love the thing...but only later realised it doesn't have a firewire port OR a pci slot! Now I can't hook up Mackie Onyx Satellite firewire interface...or can I? Any thoughts? I saw some converters but I fear what it will do to the sound. I'd hate it if I had to drop down to USB :(

    thanks

    ps. In case it matters, I'm currently recording direct from an ENGLe530 but I intend to later get me an Axe-FX.
     
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    does the machine have any expansion slots at all?

    If not then you're out of luck unfortunately.
     
  3. kev

    kev Im guybrush threepwood

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    I've seen firewire to USB convertors, I really cant see it working though.
     
  4. MarkG

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    3x USB2 and 1x eSATA
     
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    Your're shit outta luck buddy.
     
  6. MarkG

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    I knew it was a long shot....thanks. And the search for a USB interface begins:cry:
     
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    Sounds promising: Babyface ;)
     
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    Buy a PCI firewire card. Should cost less than 20 euros.

    edit. Sorry didn't finish reading the first post
     
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    ahjteam Anssi Tenhunen

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    RME Fireface UC? It's usb
     
  10. MarkG

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    Bbayface and fireface look promising I'll have a look. Don't need that many in and outputs though, just 1 xlr, 1/4 and SPDIF. I'll search the forum a bit for previous threads
     
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    mackie blackjack

    e-mu tracker pre

    and MOTU has a hybrid device (FW/USB2)
     

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