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

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

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

to cover the


variations between

the two so that you will have the

particulars and can decide which is a superior hardware

to to use for you.

Firewire Vs. USB Data Transfer Rate

The chief

difference that is worth

knowing between Firewire and

USB is the transfer speed. USB 2.0 transfers data at

approximately 480 mbps while Firewire

800 moves data at, well, 800 mbps.

As you can see, Firewire 800 transmits

data at almost double the rate of USB 2.0. This turns out to be useful when you want to transfer significant

amounts of information in real time without

issues such as with digital audio recording.

Asynchronous Vs. Isochronous

While USB is characterized as

asynchronous, Firewire offers an isochronous mode, or in

other words it can set aside a

certain dedicated quantity

of bandwidth that surrounding devices

can’t touch. The torrent of data is

capable of flowing without

restraint and that means you do not get affected by any

collisions of data or glitches like you

can when using USB’s asynchronous setting where

that endless flow of

information is able to be affected by

different devices to make use of that exact same

pipeline, resulting in issues like

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

gets lost.

It’s not a given that this

will happen through USB, but the probability is a good

deal higher given the design.

Firewire Vs. USB Cost

Keeping in mind the

preceding 2 points, Firewire

generally costs a bit more and is viewed more seriously than USB 2.0

when it comes to recording. It’s more

expensive both for firewire cables vs. USB cables and for

installing a Firewire port on your computer vs. a USB

port. Because Firewire is utilized for

very explicit purposes which

the average person has little need

for such as audio or video tracking,

very few computers and laptops

are made with Firewire ports standard.

As a substitute you either have to special

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

make it

congruent with Firewire and that is what I


In the end the decision of going Firewire

Vs. USB is yours and yours alone, but now you are

acquainted with the differences between both of them. You can try to purchase a USB

matching recording hardware from a web-

based 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 get

any problems then you can simply take it back and swap it out for a Firewire system.

To see the exact recording

equipment that I use

myself in

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