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Can I record multiple tracks at once into SO3 from my Ensoniq midi sequencer/sound synth?

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asked Feb 6, 2016 in Studio One 3 by dwightrichards (220 points)

I have Studio One 3 pro. I am using a Presonus Audiobox 2 channel USB as a midi translator.  Can I record 16 tracks at once using my Ensoniq Mr61 synth and sequencer. I read about the midi learn feature but it does not elaborate. I want to 1). Be able to record my Ensoniq sequenced songs multi tracked at once onto Studio one 3. In scenario one, I'm ok using the sounds and drums from Studio one. Will it read the indivudual midi drums from the Ensoniq?  2). In scenario two, can I record all actual track sounds from the Ensoniq in addition to the Studio one sounds if I choose to? Please walk me through this. This is my first time asking a question in this forum.  Thank you.

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answered Feb 25, 2016 by tleeper (980 points)
If you want multiple channels of audio being recorded from the Ensoniq, then you will need an interface with more inputs than the AudioBox USB. If you are looking at 16 tracks then your best bet is a USB interface with at least 16 tracks or the ability to expand or daisy chain for more inputs.

For just MIDI data then yes you can record all 16 channels of MIDI data from the Ensoniq; just set up multiple instrument tracks and set each one to a particular MIDI channel that you want to record. However this is just MIDI data and no sound or information about what sound was being played will be preserved, just the notes an associated control messages.

You may wish to check out the Knowledge Base on the PreSonus website for further information regarding setting up MIDI routing and using external instruments.
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answered Feb 25, 2016 by dwightrichards (220 points)
tleeper, thank you for your answer. I do have an old Firepod 10 output pre-amp. I imagine that I can use that for multi tracks. Can I make more more than one pass to accommodate both instruments and drums? Will I need to sync to a timecode to accomplish this? I hope I am being clear. Thank you
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