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Chuck J
Sep 21
Hello everyone,
Can anyone point me in the right direction? Im looking for a piece of gear that will allow me to track into my DAW each individual channel through usb. I want to track in 6 stereo channels in their own individual tracks on ableton. Is the Tascam 16x08 what I need or do I need a digital mixer that connects via usb?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Charles
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hey Chuck,
you need anything that supports multitrack recording to computer, usually it's clearly stated on main features of device. Most of the USB interfaces support some sort of multitrack recording(including tascam 16x08). Some of the mixers support that function too, such as Tascam 12 or 16. The advantage of mixers is obviously the accessibility of gain controls, sends and some extra sound shaping tools (eq and compression). It's highly advised to have an extra room for new future devices. So if you need 6 channels, it might be a good idea to get something with at least 8 or 12. It's a good idea to look at what kind of connectivity device has: the easiest way is just to look at the images and see what kind of audio input it allows and how it connects to the computer and if your computer has necessary outlet (most of the times, it's some sort of USB which is likely to be ok)
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J N
Sep 21
Hey Chuck. There would be lots of boxes that get close, but actually, in the cheaper range there probably aren't so many options with 12 analogue inputs out of the box. There would, however be many with 4 or 8 and an ADAT input (eg. the Audient EVO16 or ID14, etc). I'm not sure that the TASCAM converters are particularly well loved (I think they are now pretty old), but the price is right!