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Finding the right sound card

Discussion in 'Recording' started by djwc, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. djwc

    djwc Active Member


    I'm looking for a sound card that needs to meet a few requirements. In order of importance: 1) Having 2 analog audio devices show up in Windows sound devices. Control Panel > Sound > Audio > Default playback (This drop down). I know I can get 2 separate physical cards that will do this, but I want it on only ONE card. 2) PCI 3) Low-profile 4) Low price

    I've worked with the M-Audio 2496 and the 1010LT. The 2496 shows only "Delta AP 1/2" as a sound device and then SPDIF output. The 1010LT will show more analog devices used through the provided breakout cable (Which I would prefer not to require). I like the on-board RCA connections of the 2496 and would like to get 1 stereo output on one and the 2nd stereo output on the other RCA connections.

    My purpose is having a system that I can send out RCA stereo audio out of two separate outputs to my mixer for DJing and then being able to cue and preview songs on the channel that isn't playing out the speakers.

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Since you are talking about getting stereo audio through a single RCA connector you presumably mean S/PDIF digital protocol rather than analog audio, and that you have a DJ mixer that will take two independent S/PDIF digital input sources.

    Does it come down to finding a low-cost low-profile PCI card that has at least two S/PDIF outputs? Lots of PC motherboards now have that feature, as do some PCI plug-in cards designed for surround sound. Check out Asus and Maddog.

    If in your original post you actually meant analog stereo through a pair of RCA connectors per stereo channel, then some of the analog-output surround-sound cards may fit the bill.
  3. djwc

    djwc Active Member

    Thanks for your reply.

    I want 2 stereo audio outputs through RCA pair cables (Red/White) through one physical PCI card (Either full or low-profile, preferably low-profile). I do not require RCA connections on the card, I can deal with mini 1/8" jack to RCA to connect to my mixer but if it has RCA on the card (Like the 2496, it would be great).

    The problem I've seen with surround sound cards is they do not provide multiple audio devices in the Windows control panel so the output will have to be controlled via software which I have no choice but to use two distinct audio devices available in Windows sound control panel.

  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    You need four outputs. These are not seen as separate devices. Rather they are seen as separate outputs. A Delta 44 would be fine and will allow you to use balanced TRS plugs to go into your mixer. I'm assuming that your mixer has 1/4" phono inputs. Otherwise you can buy 1/4" to RCA cables. TRS plugs would be Ideal though or even TRS to XLR. What kind of mixer are you using?
  5. djwc

    djwc Active Member

    Right now I'm using the Numark DM1002MKII DJ Mixer which has RCA stereo inputs and outputs.
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    You'll likely find that line level outputs will distort going into your mixer. Those inputs are designed for turntables.
  7. djwc

    djwc Active Member

    I DJ'd on that mixer with a computer for 5 years straight no issues (Using two physical sound cards) of distortion. I'm moving to a new system and want to consolidate into one sound card for my outputs. I have very specific requirements for this system, sorry if I'm being a pain, I just know what I need and would like sound card suggestions only.
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    MOTU 2408mkIII Includes a no latency Que mixer application. Has a stereo output & 8 discrete outputs. 8 discrete inputs oh, no XLR microphone inputs. But you can get an outboard one. And you only need one. If you use a wireless mic with a receiver, you don't need any XLR input. And that would be much cooler. And if your DJing, you gotta' look cool. It's a moral imperative.

    Morally impaired
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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