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Audio Interface or Soundcard

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Overdriven, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Overdriven

    Overdriven Guest

    I'm interested in recording guitar and I'd like to know what will give me better results out of the two options.
    An audio interface that allows me to do this or connecting to a good quality sound card via something like a 6.5mm to 3.5mm jack.

    Which is better and why?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    You NEED an audio interface with instrument level inputs. Sure you can fudge something together with adapter cables and messing with input levels but you will never get a strong clean signal to your computer without something in between the guitar and the sound card. A DI box would work but you'd still be resorting to some half baked or more likely cracked software to get any decent sounds. Go out and buy yourself a Line 6 Toneport. Any of the models will do. The cheapest version will be multitudes better than your average or even top end gaming card. Why? Because, gaming cards are designed for gaming. Recording interfaces are designed for recording. The Toneports come with amp emulation software and at least a lite version of Ableton's Live. For another $60 you can buy Reaper and have a full on DAW. Get a decent set of headphones at the least. At best you'll go looking for entry level monitors.

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