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

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

most recent few years since Firewire and USB became

available). In this post we are going

to address the


dissimilarities seperating

both of them so that you will know the

details and can decide which is a superior system

to to use for you.

Firewire Vs. USB Data Transfer Rate

The important

distinction that is worth

understanding seperating Firewire and

USB is the data transfer speed. USB 2.0 moves data at

roughly 480 mbps whereas Firewire

800 transfers data at, well, 800 mbps.

As you can see, Firewire 800 moves

information at near twice the rate of USB 2.0. This comes in handy when you want to transfer significant

volumes of data in real time without

issue such as with digital audio recording.

Asynchronous Vs. Isochronous

While USB is known as being

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

certain devoted amount

of bandwidth which surrounding devices

cannot touch. The torrent of information is

then able to flow without

restraint to ensure

you do not get affected by any

collisions of data or glitches like you

can with USB’s asynchronous mode where

that constant flow of

information can be affected by

other devices to make use of that same

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

are recording as some of the audio information

is lost.

Note that it is not a given that this

will happen with USB, but the odds

are a good

deal higher because of the design.

Firewire Vs. USB Cost

Keeping in mind the

preceding two factors, Firewire

generally will cost you a little

bit more and is taken more earnestly than USB 2.0

for recording. It is more

costly both for firewire cables vs. USB cables and for

installing a Firewire port on your PC vs. a USB

port. As Firewire is utilized for

very explicit purposes that

the typical individual has no need

for like video or audio recording,

very few PCs and laptops

are built with Firewire ports already


Instead you either have got to special

order your laptop with a Firewire port already

installed, or you can pick up a converter card to

make it

compatible with Firewire which is what I


Ultimately the decision of going Firewire

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

acquainted with the differences between both. You can try purchasing a USB

matching recording hardware from a web-

based store with a good return policy

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

Guitar Center, then try it out and if you experience

any pops or problems then you can just return it and exchange it out for a Firewire hardware.

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