M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R OR New Behringer Firepower 1616

Multitrack recording 8 channels on a Win 7 64 bit laptop (Dual Core Intel with 2 GB mem) with Audacity 2.0

Could get employee price on a M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R


OR wait for the Behringer Firepower 1616fca which is designed to run on Audacity 2.0


IF the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R multitracks with Audacity 2.0 well then I’ll go that way otherwise I have to buy Protools MP9 or 10.

Any thoughts? I did TONS of searches on this site & others

Heres one

That were kinda vague about how it all ended up with the 8R.

M-Audio devices usually record multiple channels into Audacity as shipped if you use older M-Audio drivers. This is therefore not expected to work on Windows 7. See http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Multichannel_Recording#Suggested_devices .

I don’t know in what sense 1616 is designed to run on 2.0, except that Behringer include it. I suggest you ask them if the 1616 can record multiple channels into Audacity 2.0 as shipped.

The only almost guaranteed way to record multiple channels with Audacity is to get your hands dirty and compile it with ASIO support - see http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/ASIO_Audio_Interface .


Fantastic links & explanation, thank you so very much for your time

I’d be very interested to see what happens when Behringer releases the 1616fca considering they are advertising on their site that they will use “free” software

Heres the direct info from their site:

How About Some Free Software!
Because you’ll want to take full advantage of your computer’s recording, editing and podcasting potential, we’ve put together a massive software download at http://www.behringer.com that includes Audacity (the most popular open source audio editor)

One would assume that they will make the following list of Suggested devices

“Occasionally, sound card or device manufacturers provides full EWDM support in their drivers, and then multi-channel recording in Audacity should work. The following cards/devices are reported to provide multi-channel recording in “out-of-the box” Audacity”

but you’re right, thats just an assumption & one would have to talk to Behringer to ensure that… thanks for that clarification.