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Postby EmpireSystems » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:09 pm

I'll be using a Midas M32 to record a live show for an album and I was wondering if I can easily record it onto 2 separate computers using a USB hub or something similar. Does this work or are there any better ideas?

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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:24 am

32x32 to both a computer and a USB hard drive using the X-Live card. Not aware of a way to record to two computers though as in this context only one computer can be a host (that method should be at least as safe).
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby ore_terra » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:31 am

You could record to a computer and a SD card simultaneously and afterwards drop the SD card tracks in as many other computers as you wish
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:40 am

Sorry, my bad, the X-Live does indeed record to SD cards not USB drives :blush: That is more or less what I had in mind.
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby ore_terra » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:27 am

... and I confess you’ve made me google expansion cards with usb drive capabilities :lol:
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:58 am

Call it 'team work' OT :thumbup:
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby EmpireSystems » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:22 pm

Thanks, I’ve been looking at the cards that have the USB and SD card slots, they all seem to be in the same $200 price range. Does anyone have any experience with these? Is there any difference between brands?
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:06 am

Not specifically the recording cards but the X32 system is pretty well sorted these days. Either way the Behringer forum https://forum.musictribe.com/forumdisplay.php?70-X32-General-Discussion is the best place to ask. The choice between the Berry X-Live and the Cymatic probably depends on the media you want to record to, the X-Live uses SD cards, the Cymatic a USB drive (both, I believe, simultaneously acting as a 32x32 USB audio interface).

http://www.musictribe.com/Categories/Behringer/Mixers/Accessories/X-LIVE/p/P0AWR

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/cymatic-utrack-x32
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby ore_terra » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:22 am

The X live can be run from the mixer itself; it doesnt need an app to run like the cymatic.
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:40 am

The Cymatic can do basic 32 track recording to the HDD without need for the app (there is a 'record' button on the card along with a 'format' button) but not much else. It is not surprising that the X-Live is better integrated into the system though.

If SD card media is acceptable I would go for the X-Live for that reason.
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Dave B » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:20 am

So, are there no MADI or Dante implementations that can just allow the signal to be 'tee'd'?

I had a vague idea that the MADI stream can be passed through to another device as I thought that that was how modern OB/recording trucks worked (long madi link to multiple devices for capture).

And given that Dante is just basically networking, it should be possible to have the stream hit a multicast ip address that various devices can 'tune' to / receive from.

In olden days, I know of people who used Adat interfaces that happily allowed passthrough (could even have been the old Adat recorders themselves) so that a secondary system could also take the signals and record them. This was a belt and braces approach in the times when recording to computers was still making people nervous..
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:32 am

Both MADI and Dante cards are available for the X/M32 range. I guess we assumed the OP would want the most straightforward solution though, hence X-Live/Cymatic.
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Re: Recording simultaneously onto two computers

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:32 am

Dave B wrote:So, are there no MADI or Dante implementations that can just allow the signal to be 'tee'd'?

Yep. Possible with both of those protocols -- and both used that way routinely in broadcast, live sound, and educational installations.

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