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Looking for Sound card suggestions, help appreciated

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Jusa, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. Jusa

    Jusa Guest

    Hello everyone, I am a new arrival.

    I am looking to purchase a new soundcard for my home studio PC. To give some context I am recording predominately digital material in cubase SX3 and my current card is not performing as well as I'd like. I tend to use an extensive amount of vst instruments and direct x effects (Native Instruments, Arturia, Korg, Waves, ect...) so that is my first consideration. I remember reading about an E-mu card that did some vst processing, but only for its own bundled software... which seemed pretty useless to me. I was wondering if there are any cards out there that would accelerate vst processing first of all. (although my cpu can handle them well enough it would be a nice bonus)

    I guess if this is an unreality I would go for something with a lower latency and better sample rate; most cards would out perform my current one on both of these fronts. I would like to hear the opinions of more experienced individuals on which cards are fairly solid and have few issues.

    Replies are GREATLY APPRECIATED, thank you if you took the time to read this as well. (I will do my best to accommodate any other specifications one might need as well, by the way)

  2. casper

    casper Guest

    I think look at Receptor.

    two that do external fx
    Liquid Mix
  3. Jusa

    Jusa Guest

    Thanks Casper for a rather quick response.

    This is the first I've heard of Receptor. It looks like a pretty amazing piece of gear, but considering the price I could no doubt build another PC to use as a dedicated synth (for the software my licenses would permit at any rate... which come to think of it are few and far between) for a lot less money. (Not to mention losing the fabulous rack stylings) I'm also weary of compatibility issues, so I will have to do more research on it. Besides this it seems like it is doing just what I had in mind, albeit in a different way than I had in mind.

    The liquid mix and UAD cards are also intriguing options but present that same issue of only processing affiliated effects, however that is what they're meant to do. It seems like it may be pretentious to expect PCI cards to do what I am considering as far as foreign vst processing.

    Thanks again for your input!

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