Firewire Vs. Usb – Which One is Better For Audio Recording?

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Firewire Vs. USB, an age old query (at least in the

most recent few years since Firewire and USB came on the market). In this post we are going

to discuss the


dissimilarities between

both of them so that you will have the

truth and can determine which is a superior system

to work with for you.

Firewire Vs. USB Data Transfer Rate

The chief

difference which is worth

understanding between Firewire and

USB is the transfer speed. USB 2.0 moves data at

approximately 480 mbps where Firewire

800 moves data at, well, 800 mbps.

As you can see, Firewire 800 transmits

data at near two

times the speed of USB 2.0. This proves to be

useful when you will need

to transmit huge

quantities of information in real time without

problems like with digital audio recording.

Asynchronous Vs. Isochronous

While USB is predominantly

asynchronous, Firewire offers an isochronous mode, or in

other words it can claim a

particular devoted amount

of bandwidth that different devices

can’t touch. The stream of information is

then able to flow without

restraint so that you don’t feel any

collisions of data or glitches like you

can with USB’s asynchronous mode where

that continuous stream of

information can be inhibited by

different devices to make use of that exact same

pipeline, resulting in issues and pops on your recordings when you

are recording because some of the audio information

gets lost.

It’s not definite that this

will occur with USB, but the odds

are a good

deal more likely given the design.

Firewire Vs. USB Cost

Given the

above 2 points, Firewire

commonly will cost you a little

bit more and is viewed more earnestly than USB 2.0

for recording. It’s more

expensive both for firewire cables vs. USB cables and for

getting a Firewire port on your computer vs. a USB

port. As Firewire is used for

especially unique reasons that

the typical individual has little need

for like audio or video tracking,

relatively few computers and laptops

are built with Firewire ports already


Instead you either have got to special

order your computer with a Firewire port already

installed, or you can get a converter card to

allow it to be

compatible with Firewire and that is what I


In the end the decision of going with Firewire

Vs. USB is yours and yours alone, but now you are familiar with the differences between both. You can try to purchase a USB

matching recording equipment from an internet site with a good return policy

such as Musician’s Friend or buy one in store at a

Guitar Center, then test it out and if you experience

any pops then you will be able to just send or take it back and swap it for a Firewire hardware.

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system that I use

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