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How to connect new Dell Xps 15 to a Soundcard firewire 400

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sebastiangarst, Nov 24, 2016.

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  1. Sebastiangarst

    Sebastiangarst Thread Starter

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    Hey!

    Im really close to buy a Dell Xps 15 non Touch.
    But how can i connect it to my sound card with a firewire 400 input?

    I get so confused searching the web for a solution and was hoping you had and answer?

    I really like my soundcard and im hoping there is a solution.
     
  2. Oddba11

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    Brand and model of the sound card?

    If the sound card is to be used by the laptop to process/output audio, it will need to be an external USB model. There is no other way to install/connect a sound card to a laptop.
     
  3. Sebastiangarst

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    Thanks for reply!

    I understand, i need to give some more information.

    My soundcard:

    metric halo 2882

    http://mhsecure.com/metric_halo/products/hardware/2882.html

    Another soundcard that i use from time to time is:

    Fireface 400

    http://ixbtlabs.com/articles2/proaudio/rme-fireface400-page1.html

    Both have the firewire 800 input.

    I have been using the sound cards with my macbook pro (2010 model), which have a firewire 400 output. (so a standard 400-800 firewire does the trick)
    Now my Macbook is stolen and im looking for a new laptop.

    In the meantime "firewire is dead" and im sad to see that new macbooks "pro" is not pro anymore. Not for me anyway...

    Im hoping there is way to go from thunderbolt 3 to firewire 400. (Dell Xps 15 non touch has thunderbolt 3)
    Or from usb 3.0 to firewire 400
    Im gonna use this for live perfomance so it has to be steady.

    Sebastian
     
  4. OverTallman

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    You'll need a FireWire/IEEE 1394 to USB adapter or cable, FireWire port has been obsolete for many years.
    Though both aren't very expensive (at least in eBay) so worth a try.
     
  5. Oddba11

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    Yeah, those are not a "sound card". More like an audio interface / mixing board.

    A converter may or may not work. Simple cable converters often don't work for some hardware. Confirm with the hardware manufacturer, or find an audio hardware related forum and ask people who actually use that type of hardware.
     
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