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Need help - How to record multiple channels on separate tracks?

Hello again,

Please bare with me, I don't have much knowledge when it comes to recording music.

I've been using Cool Edit Pro for as long as I remember and I'm in dire need of a new DAW. I hear good things about Studio One and Reaper, so I'm thinking of going with one of those two.

Reason why is because, among many many other things, it will allow me to record multiple channels on separate tracks through the use of plugins, or so I hear.

My buddy and I record our jam sessions through an analog mixer. I have 5 mics for my drum (2 OH, 1 Bass Drum and 2 Snares) and 1 mic in front of his cab, all through XLR. The mixer goes straight to my PC, from the L/R output (RCA cable) of the mixer to the PC, through a RCA-to-1.4 converter to the microphone jack of my PC (I know, not the best setup). I pan my drum mics to the LEFT and his guitar cab to the RIGHT, so as to have 2 separate tracks in CEP. But I would really like to be able to split all 6 mics into 6 different tracks, so I can adjust EQ and volume of the mics individually post-recording.
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  • Hey TokiyoRio,

    Thanks for posting!

    You can multitrack in either Studio One or Reaper. Which DAW you choose should be based on your preferred workflow and layout. I recommend downloading trial versions of each and testing the water so to speak.

    Multitracking in either Sudio One or Reaper will require an ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) with at least 6 different inputs. ADCs, like the M-Track 8X4M, are USB interfaces that can send individual audio inputs to your DAW. For instance, if you had a M-Track 8x4M, you could connect the 6 mics to inputs 1-6. After selecting the M-Track as an audio interface in your DAW, assign software tracks to receive audio from a specific M-Track input. Track 1 could be stereo for inputs 1/2 which might be your kit's overheads. Track 2 could be designated for input 3 to record your bass drum and so on.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • Thanks for posting!

    You can multitrack in either Studio One or Reaper. Which DAW you choose should be based on your preferred workflow and layout. I recommend downloading trial versions of each and testing the water so to speak.

    Multitracking in either Sudio One or Reaper will require an ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) with at least 6 different inputs. ADCs, like the M-Track 8X4M, are USB interfaces that can send individual audio inputs to your DAW. For instance, if you had a M-Track 8x4M, you could connect the 6 mics to inputs 1-6. After selecting the M-Track as an audio interface in your DAW, assign software tracks to receive audio from a specific M-Track input. Track 1 could be stereo for inputs 1/2 which might be your kit's overheads. Track 2 could be designated for input 3 to record your bass drum and so on.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

    thankyou so much!
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