02-01-2013 08:47 AM
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02-01-2013 12:56 PM
I've never heard of your interface. If it is 2 channel, you will be able to record either two mono tracks or one stereo track. What you describe is going to result in two mono channels containing two poorly submixed tracks each. You will not be able to split it out into 4 separate tracks. Again, I'm assuming you have a two channel interface.
02-02-2013 05:48 AM
Or you could use a mixer. They combine mono inputs and balance their levels, but you still wouldnt have them magically appear as separate tracks. The inputs would be combined.
What gives you separate tracks is the number of separate channels in the interface. If you have only two channels, you can only record two tracks at once combined or stereo. If you have a 4 channel interface, then you can record 4 mono tracks or two stereo tracks. If you have an 8 channel interface, then you can record 8 separate inputs at the same time and so on.
Having only two channels usually works for solo stuff since you can go back and multitrack the other parts. If you have stereo outboard gear like electronic drums, keyboards etc you want to use while singing through a mic and playing a guitar, two channels wont work well. I found 4 channels to be a minimum in most cases if you want those parts to be tracked separately. Having more like an 8 channel is more convienient because you can leave all the gear plugged in and you dont have to be swapping cables every time you want to do a new track. You simply arm the track you want to record and away you go.
Patch bays are another tool thats handy. You plug your interface inputs into the rack in the back and then you can have all your other gear plugged in too. Then you use jumpers to connect the inputs and outputs together as needed. you can loop effects and preamps through the patch bay too. I couldnt live without a patch bay with all the gear I have. Keeping track of 24 interface inputs and 24 mics and line inputs would be a nightmare.
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