If you are asking if I can record audio to disk in Win-7 64 using Mixcraft as a digital recorder, then the answer is yes.  Otherwise I have no idea what "were you are to record straight audio tracks" means.

In my studio I have 4 computers that make use of multichannel audio.  First is my main DAW. It runs Win 7-64.  In it is a RME HDSP 9256 (3-ADAT I/O), and an RME Fireface-800 (another 3-ADAT IO).  I use SONAR 8.5 Producer as my current DAW environment.  Also on the DAW side of the studio is another computer that has a Dakota/Montana combination and runs Win 7-64.  I do a lot of audio editing in that computer, so, although SONAR is loaded on it, I mostly use it for running Sound Forge and WaveLab.  It also has the external KARMA software for controlling my M3 (which is what I use it for most of the time when I'm not editing audio on it.  Finally, I have another computer near my work desk that I use for multimedia production.  Although all of my web development stuff is in there, I mostly use it for video work.  I use Vegas Pro 9 as my current NLE, and since Vegas is even more powerful than Sound Forge for some audio work (especially as multitrack audio is used for producing 5.1 or 7.1 soundtracks for video).  That computer has a Wavecenter PCI card.

My 'work' computer on which I do office stuff, do any connecting with the internet I do,  and play around with musical ideas has an Echo Gina 3G interface also with 1 ADAT I/O.

In addition I have a Behringer 3216 digital console with the add on ADAT card so it has 2 ADAT I/O.  In addition I have 3 Behringer ADA-8000s each with one ADAT I/O.

All the ADAT I/O goes into 2 APACHE ADAT patch bays so I can switch the gozintas and gozottas.

Basically, I can get ADAT audio from anything to anything in the studio through the APACHEs.  So, to get to the point.... Everything was working fine when all the computers in the studio ran Vista.  When I updated everything to Win 7, I lost support and adequate drivers for the Frontier Design cards.  This meant that I couldn't use the Wavecenter PCI for moving audio off the DAW into the Multimedia computer across the room.  So, for about 5 months I resigned myself to the fact that everything would have to be transferred by memory stick.

As I said in the opening post.  I successfully transferred 8-channels of audio from the DAW to both the Multimedia Computer (Wavecenter PCI) and to the other computer (Dakota Montana, to which I actually sent 32 channels).  It all worked.

I cross posted this so that Wavecenter people would see it as well.  I tried this with a computer that has a WC-PCI and it works just as well as the Dakota in Win 7


Last night I loaded Mixcraft 5 onto my main Win 7 64 DAW computer.  That computer has an RMP HDSP 9652 and an RME Fireface 800 (I usually configure the HDSP for ASIO and the Fireface for WDM).  Anyway, after I got Mixcraft 5 installed I noticed that it was defaulting to selecting a random channel pair from the HDSP as the default record and playback sources.  Everybody knows that RME has no WaveRT drivers so I thought it wouldn't work.  I tried it, and surprise, surprise, it worked!  The latencies were respectable, <4ms when playing a softsynth.  So, befuddled, I thought, maybe this is a solution for getting multi-track audio accross the studio from my DAW to my multimedia computer that has a Dakota interface (which has been rendered dormant since I upgraded from Vista to Win 7).

So, I installed Mixcraft on the Video computer and sure enough it found the Dakota ADAT ports (as well as the S/PDIF).  I configured Mixcraft for recording 16 simultaneous audio tracks and I set SONAR to play 16 channels that I sent via my APACHEs to the Dakota.  This worked flawlessly.  I then played a stereo track (Mixcraft can only output to 2 channels at any one time) from the multimedia computer, through the Front L&R of the DAW surround monitor setup.  It worked that way, also.

So, the point of this is not that everybody should drop their $800 DAW software and run out and buy Mixcraft (about $69), but that all of our old Frontier Design legacy stuff may be made obsolescence free if the DAW people start vigorously supporting WaveRT.  I mean, if Mixcraft can do this, so should any other audio software that costs 10x as much.

Also, if you handle audio the way I do, using Mixcraft may provide a solution to using your legacy Frontier Design cards in Win 7.

Last night I loaded Mixcraft 5 onto my main Win 7 64 DAW computer.  That computer has an RMP HDSP 9652 and an RME Fireface 800 (I usually configure the HDSP for ASIO and the Fireface for WDM).  Anyway, after I got Mixcraft 5 installed I noticed that it was defaulting to selecting a random channel pair from the HDSP as the default record and playback sources.  Everybody knows that RME has no WaveRT drivers so I thought it wouldn't work.  I tried it, and surprise, surprise, it worked!  The latencies were respectable, <4ms when playing a softsynth.  So, befuddled, I thought, maybe this is a solution for getting multi-track audio accross the studio from my DAW to my multimedia computer that has a Dakota interface (which has been rendered dormant since I upgraded from Vista to Win 7). 

So, I installed Mixcraft on the Video computer and sure enough it found the Dakota ADAT ports (as well as the S/PDIF).  I configured Mixcraft for recording 16 simultaneous audio tracks and I set SONAR to play 16 channels that I sent via my APACHEs to the Dakota.  This worked flawlessly.  I then played a stereo track (Mixcraft can only output to 2 channels at any one time) from the multimedia computer, through the Front L&R of the DAW surround monitor setup.  It worked that way, also.

So, the point of this is not that everybody should drop their $800 DAW software and run out and buy Mixcraft (about $69), but that all of our old Frontier Design legacy stuff may be made obsolescence free if the DAW people start vigorously supporting WaveRT.  I mean, if Mixcraft can do this, so should any other audio software that costs 10x as much.

Also, if you handle audio the way I do, using Mixcraft may provide a solution to using your legacy Frontier Design cards in Win 7.

Thanks, I acciddntally clicked on this thread and I'm glad I did :)

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I have 2 Dakotas (1 with a Montana), and a Wavecenter PCI card.  I would also gladly pay for Win 7 support.  As I understand it from contacts in the Cakewalk SONAR forum, the Vista drivers (even for 64-bit) do not have to be too substantially changed.  Several people are using the Dakota and Dakota/Montana with SONAR under Win 7.  I'm sure if this thread were titled with Windows 7 in the title and more widely broadcast, Frontier would see just how much of their legacy is still being used out there.  I doubt that anybody who currently has a Dakota or a Wavecenter PCI would not pay for Win 7 support.