husker wrote:Makes total sense now. Half the fun of this to me is just learning.
I've been bitten by this bug badly. Saving up for some modules now - probably an Integra 7 and maybe a Nord A1R to go along with my Moog. I'm space limited, so I am confined to rack modules (which seem to be few and far between).
I'm trying to learn about these Moto Midi patch bay thingys, as at some point I will have to get one of those just to control it all.
The Integra 7 might be a lot of money for not that much more synth - it shares a LOT of sounds with the FA - I had to edit a patch script and had to start with an I7 version, and it turns out I had to delete comparatively few patches from the FA version. I think you'd have so much duplication it wouldn't be worth it.
That said, I think can load in more EXP sounds so that might make up for it, but I'd err on the side of saying you'd probably be way better off with a different type of module. The Nord would be an excellent choice IMHO. They make great stuff with great sounds and would essentially fill in the hole for anything you're missing from the FA (and the SP covers that monophonic analog style well).
If you're recording into a DAW, ideally you'd get a MIDI interface or Audio/MIDI Interface with a couple of physical MIDI ports on it.
Use the FA as your controller and as a sound source via USB, and then use another USB for the interface and plug the SP and another module into that with MIDI Cables (otherwise you end up using up all your USB ports on your computer!).
I think you meant MOTU, and they do make solid products. You want to get something with twice as many audio inputs as you have synths (twice as many for stereo).
For exmaple, if you had your FA, SP and the Nord, and the SP and Nord have physical MIDI ports, then you'd need an interface with at least 2 MIDI ports on it, and then 4 to 6 stereo inputs - 1 pair each from the SP, the NORD, and possibly the FA (if you wanted to use the interface for all monitoring rather than doing the FA's audio over USB too).
Unfortunately, very few people are making Audio Interfaces with more than 1 MIDI port anymore.
We had Tascam 1804s at my school that had FOUR physical MIDI ins and outs on an 18 channel audio interface. Unfortunately Tascam stopped supporting them with a mac OS upgrade. I had to buy MOTU with only 1 physical port that forutnately had a USB "thru" I could use. So i had to eliminate 2 synths and use only a Fantom Rack (MIDI) and Motif Rack (USB). Fortunately the MOTU we got was Firewire which these Macs still support (unlike the newest ones which are going all Thunderbolt) so it didn't eat up all the UBS ports on the back - 1 has to be used for the Controller and 1 for Mac Keyboard.
So make sure you do your research and get the right number of ports - you might have to use a MIDI interface that's separate from an audio interface (MOTU does make both as separate units) but you'll be eating up two USB ports with those devices alone (assuming you don't have firewire or something else to run them off of).
I hate it now that no one wants to support external synths anymore - especially when there's been a resurgence in modules and hardware boards.