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Audiophile AND soundblaster?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Mandobass, Jun 22, 2003.

  1. Mandobass


    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I've got soundblaster live with works great for DVDs and games, but i want to get serious about recording.

    I plan on getting an Audiophile 2496, but I was wondering if it would be compatable with the soundblaster; as in, could i use both cards at once? Or would i have to reinstall drivers for them each time?
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    You can use 2 soundcards at once. You should get an option for each utility, as-to which you want to use at any given time. Largely, all recording cards lack gaming support such as EAX and A3D as well as other api's.

    That's a pretty good idea.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's a good idea, the Audiophile is great.
    I did that setup for a while until I ditched the SBLive, since the Audiophile works great for DVD and games, when you can do without EAX for games.
  4. Mandobass


    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    ok, im going to be editing tracks using either cubase or sonar, but i have a question regarding inputs.

    i was planning on getting a mackie mixer in order to get some quality mic pres, but my question is this: do all the tracks on the mixer get pushed into one line out?

    in other words, when recording on my comp, will i only get one track(instead of say, a guitar track, bass track, and sax track all on separate tracks)?

    this concerns me for editing purposes; is there any way to get around this? being able to use an outboard mixer + getting the individual tracks on my computer is my ideal setup.

  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    You have 2 analog and 2 digital inputs with the Audiophile.
    So you can use one stereo master track (in effect you mix your mixer inputs down to 2 tracks) or 2 individual tracks, depending how you set it up.
    This is all analog, since I don't think you have a digital mixer. You could record two additional sources if you have a digital source.

    If you want more inputs at the same time, you need a bigger card (Delta 44, 66 or 1010 with 4, 6, 10 analog inputs respectively).
  6. But what that means is that you can record TWO tracks similtaniously with the 2496, panned left and right.

    It can be limiting or at least time consuming I end up laying down basic drum tracks first and then add scratch tracks one (or two at a time)
    In general tho it's fine for simple home recording.
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Yeah, you need to mix them down to 2 tracks. If you want more tracks it's gonna cost you, e.g. for a Delta 1010 with 10 inputs.

    The Audophile is sufficient for my needs, since I do the drums with Battery and I only record my bass in stereo.
  8. How do you like Battery JMX? I'm currently juggling between soundfonts and fruity loops for my drums, they sound decent for most things but I'm always looking for something better. If you could direct me to some sound samples of your music that'd be great.