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Audio Sound Cards for digital recording?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Ifrit84, Dec 1, 2005.


  1. Ifrit84

    Ifrit84 Banned

    Aug 27, 2004
    London, England
    I need help, my band is recording a demo, and I've read forever on digital recording and the like, and I can have (borrow) some software suites (Acid 4.0, N-Track, Samplitude) and I was wondering what would be the best, cheapest card I could use for this? I would be running thru a mixer (so alot of inputs aren't really needed, but a few). So what sound card would you recomend, we are really on a tight budget, no one would happen to know where one could find used sound cards? I would need a slot card/usb 2.0, I have no firewire on this computer. I'd like for there to be next to no lag in the playback (live playback).

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  2. There's lots available, but what's your budget?
    How many ins/outs do you want?
    Do you need MIDI on the same card?
    Do you want optical in/out as well as balanced?


    MOTU
    Echo
    M-Audio
    etc. are all ones that quickly come to mind.

    Certainly get one with balanced ins/outs (usually 1/4").

    I've got and Echo Gina that I quite like. Balanced 4 in 4 out, SPIDIF, ADat, headphone out. It's a PCI card with a breakout box.
     
  3. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    http://www.zzounds.com/item--MDOAP2496+

    Probably the best cheap card out there. Only does 1 stereo channel at a time, but can do 24/96 with very low latency. I used one for a couple years before moving to a multichannel interface.
     
  4. Ifrit84

    Ifrit84 Banned

    Aug 27, 2004
    London, England
    Thanks for the posts, one stereo channel at a time is fine, we a running thru a mixer (bootleg I know, but we work with what we got). I see it's only 99 bucks on sale right now though, might jump on that.

    EDIT: Nevermind, Musicians Friend has it for this price always, good looking out!
     
  5. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Zzounds has had the 2496 at $99 for over a year now. Take your time doing your research, its not going anywhere.
     
  6. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    I got an M-Audio 2496 Audiophile card in my new PC, GREAT value for the money, has analog in/out, S-PDIF in/out and MIDI in/out, plus it comes bundled with Ableton Live4-LE. All for $99, very difficult to sneeze at!
     
  7. Ifrit84

    Ifrit84 Banned

    Aug 27, 2004
    London, England
    Now if I can convince the drummer (a gearhead....but knows nothing of recording, his idea of recording = borrowing a protools LE setup and using his powerbook that does not have enough memory to run protools and crashes while running it + a mike in the middle of the room = recording) to let me record it, I'm off! I guess this will be a solid investment.


    EDIT: Also, this card would be able to hook up quite well with a mixer for all the mic drums + anything else I have hooked up right?