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I Want An M-Audio Soundcard-But Which One?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Jan 24, 2005.


  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    There's the Audiophile 2496, the Delta 410, and the Delta 44 for all around the same price. I'm getting a new pc soon, and I want to do some recording on it. I will probably be doing line-outs from my preamp straight into the card, or get a cheap mixer like a Behringer or something when multiple instruments need to be recorded simultaneously. Being that I know nothing of sound cards, which one would suit me best?
     
  2. DubDubs

    DubDubs

    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles
    If it were me I'd get the Delta 44, but that's me.
     
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Why's that?
     
  4. It all depends on what your needs are.

    The cards you have listed are similarly priced because they are all indeed similar. They are all variations on a theme, if you will. They provide a different set of features built upon the same backbone.

    All right, you said that multiple instruments may need to be recorded simultaneously. If this is the case, you will obviously require a soundcard with multiple inputs - do you understand why?

    The Audiophile 2496 would thus probably be insufficient for your needs: it offers only two input channels and two output channels (as well as digital i/o and midi i/o); in other words, it is a stereo card.

    The Delta 410 is a different sort of animal, because it provides 4 input channels yet 10 output channels - I understand that this design is intended for a more specialised sort of application, for instance in the television industry.

    It seems to me that your best bet would be the Delta 44. As its name suggests, it offers 4 input channels and 4 output channels. This gives you the freedom to record up to 4 mono instruments simultaneously and would certainly give you the option of using that cheap Behringer mixer if you desire - before someone beats me to it, if you can in any way afford a superior make to Behringer, I advise you to go for it.

    I myself own a Delta 1010LT and am very happy with it.
     
  5. DubDubs

    DubDubs

    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Same reasons as the above post. The Audiphile wouldn't have enough inputs. And there's no need for the 10 outputs the 410 offers. And the 44 is more of a modular device so it's easyer to upgrade if you ever need to.
     
  6. keb

    keb

    Mar 30, 2004
    Do the 44. I have the Audiophile 2496 myself but I don't need to record more than one mono, or at most a stereo, signal at a time.
     
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I thought if we lined-out into a mixer (it doesn't have to be a Berhinger-I just meant an inexpensive mixer), then the mixer would only need to use one imput into the pc. I'm fine with getting the Delta 44 though if it works better for me.

    If I used the four individual imputs for different instruments simulatneously then, would I be able to handle each imput differently, as if they were separate tracks, in a recording program?
     
  8. Yes, that's what multiple inputs are for
     
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The Audiophile is the only one with midi ins outs, so if you need those....

    The rest is the same except for number of outs/ins or sample rate (Audiophile 192)

    http://www.midiman.de/overview.htm
     
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Cool. Thanks guys. JMX, the only MIDI I might end up using in the future would be for my keyboard, but it's not likely. Even if I did, I could run it through a mixer or something that accepts MIDI and then line out with a normal 1/4", right?

    Also, I just noticed the Delta 44 doesn't come with a driver for Windows XP. Can I download one from their website?
     
  11. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  12. Not quite. If you're curious, you'd want to do a bit of researching around here and on the 'net.
     
  13. No, MIDI is a protocol for control signals, but you could use the line out from your keyboard (if it has an internal sampler/synth/soundmodule) or the line out from an external soundmodule, in both cases you lose the control signals though (which you could otherwise use for VST instruments and other stuff)
     
  14. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    It does. It's just a standard Yamaha PSR 550-not a MIDI keyboard controller or anything. It has a MIDI out as well, but as I said, I don't see needing to use it in the forseeable future (not planning on getting any separate sound modules).
     
  15. Ok, in that case the 44 is probably the right choice, this wasn't quite clear in your previous post.

    btw, i own a firewire audiophile, and theres only one thing that i don't like about it... i can hear the internal word clock... but sound quality is good.