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Sound Card Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by lipmanaj, Feb 24, 2004.

  1. lipmanaj

    lipmanaj Guest


    I'm putting together a computer system for recording--PC/Windows XP. Any recommendations on soundcards? Looking for maximum flexibility as I expand, options, quality, value. Any thoughts appreciated.

  2. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    The lowest cost good quality soundcard I know of is the (two RCA-in, two RCA-out) M-Audio Audiophile ($149). My understanding is that it has the same AD/DA converters as the Delta 44 and Delta 66 cards. The Echo Mia is supposed to be very good as well. The M-Audio Delta 44 ($199 - $229) comes with a breakout box with four 1/4" TRS-ins and four 1/4" TRS-outs. it is a very nice card for the money.

    Of course, if you want to get into the $400+ range there are even better cards made by M-Audio, MOTU, RME, Lynx...
  3. Check out http://WWW.CWAUDIO.COM great stuff . I have been a user for 5 + years. With their new program, you can develop your own plug-ins !!! Not cheap.
    Thanks, Mike
  4. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    I would also reccommend M-Audio cards; They are relatively inexpensive, have excellent stats, and are modular. Any card from the Delta series will work with any other card from the series (up to four total) in the same computer. If all you want is a good stereo in-out, the Audiophile 2496 would be a good choice. If you want more i/o, you can get 4 ins-outs with the Delta 44 or six with the Delta 66 which includes SPDIF as the 5th and 6th i/o channels. There is also the 1010 and the 1010LT if you want still more channels. If you also need a mixer/heaphone amp/pres, the Omni Studio Package is nice. It includes a Delta 66 and has a breakout box with two preamps (no frills clean sound), two headphone outs, monitor outs, effects sends (one per channel) and aux inputs. Anyway, check them out:

  5. I mis-posted the web address in my previous post. It should be http://WWW.CWAUDIO.DE Don't worry it's in english
    Thanks, Mike
  6. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    Before you lash out on a card, check the user forums of the main audio application you are using to ensure there are no compatability problems or other issues. I use mainly Steinberg products and their forums are full of reports of troubles with certain soundcards (the sound card manufacturers are nearly always at fault due to the quality of their drivers). Personally I use and recommend Echo products - no driver issues with any of the applications I use (SX, WaveLab, Native Instruments, Reason etc etc), low latency, great sound.

    Good luck
  7. Yo, I would use the M-AUDIO cards. They work great and are affordable, i use m-audio all the time to monitor and to record. If youd like to hear some stuff i did with an M-AUDIO Revolution 7.1 Let me know that stuff works out great.
  8. Delta 1010LT audio card

    I have a Delta 1010 LT audio card.

    Is this a pro card? It has 2 balanced XLR, and the rest of I/O's are RCA, which I dont like. Not pro to me.

    Which cards are pro?

    I need 24 bit /up to 96k / ASIO / 2 or more balanced I/O.

    What is better, a sound card or a rack mount audio card?
  9. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    First of all, what is pro? If pro is great technical specs, stability, and compatability, then any card from the M-Audio Delta Series is pro. Delta cards support 24|96, have ASIO drivers, and most have balanced I/O. A rackmount system like the Delta 1010 is theoretically better for the reason of avoiding interference noise from the other components in the computer's case, but I use a Delta 66 and interference has never been a problem for me.
  10. Blisshead

    Blisshead Guest

    I'm very happy with the E Mu 1820M. http://www.emu.com
  11. MadAudio

    MadAudio Guest

    I highly recommend the Echo Layla 24/96. I bought one about 2 years ago and haven't had a single problem with it. In fact, I love it so much I just bought a second one.
  12. bgavin

    bgavin Guest


    The above link to sound card tests is enlightening.
  13. MadAudio

    MadAudio Guest

    Cool site, bgavin. Thanks for the link. I'm glad to see my Laylas scored "Excellent" all around.
  14. phulden

    phulden Guest

    I have a M-audio Firewire 410. I've been very happy with it so far when it comes to recording quality. But I think you should consider two drawbacks that I discovered

    1. Outputs are unbalanced (also the line inputs at the back). I think this is really annoying, it wouldn't have cost them much to make it balanced. I have "reversed engineered" the 410 and are thinking of balancing at least two outputs by a hardware fix.

    2. 2 in / 8 out (analog)? Why? At least for me I'd preferred it the way around (but it might depend on what you do).

    However, it works smoothely, the drivers have not shown any bugs and the software mixer/router is excellent.
  15. damienthorn

    damienthorn Guest

    have a look at the RME HDSP 9632 at http://www.rme-audio.com, it should certainly form part of your considerations.

    Magazine reviews of this card can be found at http://www.synthax.co.uk under the reviews section or on the RME main site.

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