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

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

most recent few years when Firewire and USB came on the market). In this article we’re going

to address the


dissimilarities between

both of them so that you will know the

details and can make

your mind up about which is a better hardware

to to use for you.

Firewire Vs. USB Data Transfer Rate

The main

distinction that is worth

understanding seperating Firewire and

USB is the transfer speed of the

data. USB 2.0 transmits data at

about 480 mbps while Firewire

800 transfers data at, well, 800 mbps.

As you can see, Firewire 800 transmits

information at almost two

times the speed of USB 2.0. This comes in handy when you need to transfer huge

volumes of information in real time without

issues like with digital audio recording.

Asynchronous Vs. Isochronous

While USB is predominantly

asynchronous, Firewire offers an isochronous mode, meaning it can set aside a

certain dedicated quantity

of bandwidth that other devices

can’t touch. The torrent of data is

capable of flowing freely and that means you do not go through any

collisions of data or glitches like you

can with USB’s asynchronous setting where

that continuous flow of

data is able to be affected by

other devices to use that exact same

pipeline, resulting in issues like

pops on your recordings while recording as some of the audio data

is lost.

Note that it’s not definite that this

will occur through USB, but the probability is a lot more likely given the design.

Firewire Vs. USB Cost

Keeping in mind the

above 2 points, Firewire

commonly costs a little

bit more and is taken more seriously than USB 2.0

for recording. It is more

pricey both for firewire cables vs. USB cables and for

getting a Firewire port on your PC vs. a USB

port. Since Firewire is utilized for

very specific reasons which

the average person has little need

for such as audio or video tracking,

very few computers and laptops

come with Firewire ports already


As a substitute you either need to special

order your laptop with a Firewire port, or you can buy a converter card to

allow it to become

congruent with Firewire and that is what I


In the end the choice of going Firewire

Vs. USB is yours to make, but now you are

acquainted with the basics seperating both. You can try to purchase a USB

matching recording hardware from an internet store with a decent return policy

like Musician’s Friend or buy one in store at a

Guitar Center, then try it out and if you hear

any pops then you can simply return it and exchange it for a Firewire hardware.

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