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How do I capture four (or more) tracks of audio at once?

How do I capture four (or more) tracks of audio at once?

Assuming you are capturing via Firewire...

Go to Audio Video Settings> Capture Presets

Click Edit

From the QuickTime Audio Settings > Input

You can choose to :

  • Capture the First 2 channels
  • Capture the Second 2 channels
  • Capture mix of 4 channels

Mixed you can do in one pass and you still wind up with 2 audio tracks mixed down
Two pass you will have all 4 channel on separate tracks, but you would capture the First 2 normally, then change it to Second 2 channels.

Another way

From Martin Baker:
Up to 24 channel audio capture is supported in FCP5. Most capture cards support up to 8 channels of embedded audio through SDI (though Kona 3 offers up to 16 channels of embedded). I'm not aware of any capture cards which offer more than 8 AES or analogue inputs.

So depending on how many channels you want to capture, the other possibility is to use a separate audio interface such as MOTU or RME. If the interface has Core Audio drivers available then it should appear as a device in FCP's Capture Preset Editor. There may be A/V sync issues with this method although if you can genlock the audio interface then I would imagine it would work fine.

I doubt there is anyone who has ever tried this but in theory it would work.

I hear popping & clicking sounds

Q. Why do I hear popping and clicking sounds when I play my timeline?

From Jude Cotter
A. You will hear these sounds if there is a mismatch between the clip audio format and the sequence audio format. Most commonly this happens when attempting to use MP3s. The best thing to do is to convert the files to 48khz AIFFs, and import these to work with in FCP. You can do this either in iTunes or QuickTime.

  • In iTunes go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > select the ‘Importing’ tab. Then set ‘Import Using’ to ‘AIFF Encoder’, ‘Setting’ to ‘Custom’, ‘Sample Rate’ to 48.000kHz, ‘Sample Size’ to ‘16 bit’ and ‘Channels’ to ‘Stereo’. Find your tracks in the iTunes Library and select ‘Convert’ from the ‘Advanced’ menu.

This option is best if you need to batch convert a lot of songs.

  • In QuickTime, open the file and choose File > Export. Change the ‘Export’ setting at the bottom of the window to ‘Sound to AIFF’. Click on ‘Options’ and check that the settings are correct. Then save to the location of your choice.

Other things that could help:

  • Before you output your sequence to a movie file or to tape, you must perform an Audio Mixdown. This does not mix all your audio tracks to two tracks; it merely serves as an audio render for the entire timeline - it creates a single preview file that is less stressful for the computer to play. You can find this in FCP under Render > Only > Mixdown.
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