freeware audio capture with firepod?

Hi all,

I’ve got a Presonus Firepod and I thought it would be very handy if I could find a freeware program that would let me capture the multitrack streams to seperate files while I’m on location. I could then take these files back to my studio and bring them into ntrack for editing. I don’t have a laptop, but I can borrow one from time to time, which is why I’m interested in freeware. I’ve tried Audacity, but it doesn’t seem to be able to record more than 2 tracks at a time. I also tried Kristal Audio Engine, but it can’t split the firepod’s stereo streams. So I can only record 4 tracks. So, either I need to find a better program or I need to find a way to make the firepod show up as 8 channels instead of 4 stereo pairs.
Any suggestions?


Presonus packages cuBase LE (light edition) with Firepod, Firebox, and Inspire. Not sure how long they’ve ben doing this.

Maybe you could butter them up for a copy if it’s not a second hand unit and heck if it is maybe you could still swing a deal.

Yeah, I spose that’s an option, I do have that disc. To tell the truth, I never installed it. I was hoping for a solution that was a bit lighter if possible.

I’ve dabbled with it a bit. I’m still hooked on nTrack. Direct to pc recording is similar to nTrack. Not really overly complicated but I never got in to assigning anymore than 1 I/O with it.

You mentioned spitting the 4 stereo pairs down to 8 monos. Can’t your software mixer so this?? I have the firebox and the mixer has a little button that lets you link monos for stereo pairs.

Thanks for the input. Let me clarify a little. I really like ntrack and do not intend to switch from it any time soon. Also, I have no problems recording within ntrack.
What I’m looking for is a way to be a bit more portable with my recordings; capturing to multiple wave files for mixing later.
The part about splitting the 4 stereo streams was in reference to Kristal AE. It’s mixer was able to see only the 4 pairs (and those pairs were summed to one mono track). If I could make that program see 8 mono inputs instead of 4 stereo ones, I would have my answer. Kristal was just one lead I was pursuing and that’s where it dead-ended.

Y’know, if I knew anybody who could code, I’d ask them to write a program for this purpose.
Small file ~2MB installer
some analog meters (one for each channel)
8 (at least for my purposes) simultaneous inputs
records direct to 8 wave files
ASIO compatible

oh well…dream on