I'd be interested to hear about the possibilities of recording more than 8 multiple channels simulaneously with a computer, the limitations involved and what is the state-of-the-art way to go. I am not interested in recording software, but only the audio interfaces and their connections to the computer.
I am aware of firewire audio interfaces and mixing consoles, but firewire seems to be going extinct, judging by the number of motherboards which still have a FW port and the number of FW audio interfaces on the market.
I've been searching for USB interfaces, but the number of channels seems to be limited to 8in 8out and there seem to be problems with duplex mode. Other USB interfaces use proprietary protocols (e.g Tascam). This concerns USB 2.0 interfaces. I have not yet seen any USB 3.0 interfaces
I've also seen thunderbolt interfaces, but they may be difficult to use on non-apple machines.
I am not even considering using multiple soundcards, because they will be difficult to sync and require a lot of extra gear (phantom power etc.)
- Technology (FW, USB ...)?
- Limitations (number of channles)?
- proprietary protocol?
- Linux comptabile?
As a side note, I'd be interested in learning what the pros use. I cannot imagine that the eqipment I've seen so far is used in professional music production.