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

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

last few years since Firewire and USB became

available). In this post we’re about to discuss the


distinctions seperating

the two so that you have the

truth and can determine which is a greater hardware

to to use for you.

Firewire Vs. USB Data Transfer Rate

The main

difference worth

understanding in between USB and Firewire is the transfer speed of the

data. USB 2.0 transfers data at

approximately 480 mbps where Firewire

800 moves data at, well, 800 mbps.

As you can see, Firewire 800 transmits

information at nearly two

times the rate of USB 2.0. This turns out to be useful when you want to transfer huge

quantities of data in real time without

problems such as with digital audio recording.

Asynchronous Vs. Isochronous

Whereas USB is known as being

asynchronous, Firewire has an isochronous mode, or in

other words it can set aside a

certain devoted amount

of bandwidth which surrounding devices

can’t use. The stream of information is

capable of flowing freely to ensure

you do not get affected by any

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

that endless flow of

data is able to be affected by

other devices to use that exact same

pipeline, resulting in problems like pops on your recordings when recording because some of the audio

gets lost.

It’s not definite that this

will come about with USB, but the likelihood is a great deal more likely because of the design.

Firewire Vs. USB Cost

Keeping in mind the

above two points, Firewire

commonly will cost you a little

bit more and is taken more seriously 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 explicit purposes which

the typical person has little need

for like video or audio recording,

relatively few PCs and laptops

come with Firewire ports standard.

As a substitute you either have got to special

order your PC with a Firewire port already

installed, or you can order a converter card to

allow it to become

working with Firewire which is what I


In the end the choice of going with Firewire

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

matching recording equipment from a web-

based store with a decent return policy

like Musician’s Friend or pick up one in store at a

Guitar Center, then try it out and if you find

any pops or problems then you

are able to just send

it back and swap it for a Firewire system.

To see the exact recording

system that I use

myself in

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