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Good, cheap, soundcard

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by MarkMcCombs, Nov 7, 2001.


  1. can anyone tell me of a decent, duplex, soundcard that won't set me back too far? I just want to be able to record, maybe just 2 tracks at a time, and have it sound decent. The one I have now has a LOT of noise, and I have to turn up too loud just to hear myself over the hiss.

    Mark
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  3. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    You also have Soundtrack Audio DSP24 Value (~$130). For Windows systems only, I think. Sounds better than decent.

    www.hoontech.com

    Review:
    http://www.tweakmax.com/html/dsp24v/dsp24-1.cfm

    Or for even less money, you could go with a Turtle Beach Montego II card or similar (I believe it's even cheaper than a SB Live, somewhere around $30-$40. Supposed to sound better than a SB Live as well.). But remember, "you get what you pay for". ;)
     
  4. jblake

    jblake

    Aug 30, 2001
    Gray, ME
    Just outfitted our computers with them. $179 each. 24 bit, 96KHz balanced inputs and outputs. You've got digital ins and outs too. And pretty good drivers for Windows 9x. The Win 2k/ Win xp WMA drivers SUCK right now. It's the only time I've ever seen Windows 2k crash.
     
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The Midiman WDM (!) drivers for 2k/XP works fine. Absolutely stable.
     
  6. jblake

    jblake

    Aug 30, 2001
    Gray, ME
    >The Midiman WDM (!) drivers for 2k/XP works fine

    Can you tell I'm a mac guy? Sorry: WDM. Of course I don't think they've even released mac drivers yet. If they have they're probably in Beta and in the same boat as the win 2k (WDM) drivers.
     
  7. istaticl

    istaticl

    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    Im really looking into the Midiman Audiophile 2496. I know close to nothing about computer recording, and I was wondering if I would be able to just plug this card in and play? I've read really good reviews and I'm not looking for anything on the pro level. Could I go bass-->amp-->Audiophile? Would I need to buy some software to be able to hear myself play and mix things? Thanks.
     
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Just connect the preamp or line out with the soundcard (not the speaker out!!!).


    In Germany (Europe?) the Audiophile is bundled with the same software bundle as the bigger Delta cards, but not in the USA.

    N-Track is a good beginner program www.fasoft.com

    BTW: Don't install the drivers from the CD. Get the newer ones from www.midiman.com
     
  9. istaticl

    istaticl

    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    Would Magix music studio generation 6 work? I am farmiliar with this program and I think it is made for MIDI. Thanks.
     
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's ok for a start I guess, but it's pretty limited IMO.