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

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

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

to talk about the


dissimilarities between

both of them so that you will know the

truth and can decide which is a superior hardware

to work with for you.

Firewire Vs. USB Data Transfer Rate

The substantial

difference which is worth

understanding in between Firewire and

USB is the transfer speed. USB 2.0 moves data at

about 480 mbps where Firewire

800 transmits data at, well, 800 mbps.

As you can tell, Firewire 800 moves

information at near twice the speed of USB 2.0. This turns out to be useful when you want to transmit large

quantities of information in real time without

issues like with digital audio recording.

Asynchronous Vs. Isochronous

While USB is predominantly

asynchronous, Firewire has an isochronous mode, meaning it can carve out a

select dedicated amount

of bandwidth that surrounding devices

cannot use. The stream of data is

capable of flowing without

restraint to ensure

you do not notice any

collisions of data or glitches like is possible when using USB’s asynchronous mode where

that constant flow of

data can be affected by

different devices to make use of that same

pipeline, resulting in problems like pops on your tracks while recording because some of the audio data

is lost.

It is not a given that this

will happen with USB, but the probability is a lot higher given the design.

Firewire Vs. USB Cost

Bearing in mind about the

above 2 points, Firewire

generally costs a bit more and is viewed 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 computer vs. a USB

port. As Firewire is used for

very explicit purposes which

the average individual has no use

for like audio or video recording,

very few PCs and laptops

come with Firewire ports standard.

Instead you either have to special

order your laptop with a Firewire port already

installed, or you can get a converter card to

allow it to become

congruent with Firewire and that is what I


Ultimately the choice of going Firewire

Vs. USB is yours and yours alone, but now you know the essentials between both of them. You can try to purchase a USB

compatible recording equipment from an online store with a decent return policy

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

Guitar Center, then try it out and if you hear

any pops then you will be able to just return it and swap it for a Firewire hardware.

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