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soundcard choices for mainly sample based music

Discussion in 'Recording' started by mellowj, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. mellowj

    mellowj Guest

    I have an opportunity to buy one of these soundcards, but am not sure which is better or if both should not be bought.

    I'm just starting out. have a computer and believe the specs will cover what's needed by these soundcards.

    I plan on mostly doing everything via sampling, but would like the ability to add a mic input, potentially guitars, and/or other devices to allow recording of older mediums (i.e. cassette tapes, vinyl, etc.)

    I'm aware that these are PCI based soundcards, but i just want to get my feet wet and start learning.

    The price for either seems to be good (at least for my budget).

    Any advice would be much appreciated!!

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    first choice is: ECHO GINA 24/96 SOUNDCARD

    - ECHO GINA 24/96 SOUNDCARD
    - PCI CARD CABLE, BREAKOUTBOX AND DRIVERS,
    - CARD HAS;
    - 8 CHANNELS ADAT IN/OUT
    - 8 ANALOG TRS 1/4 OUTPUTS
    - 2 ANALOG TRS 1/4 INPUTS

    I'm assuming this is a link to the type of soundcard mentioned above.

    Countryman E6


    2nd choice is: M-audio Audiophile192 - 4in /4out Recording Soundcard

    Features:
    24-bit/192kHz audio
    2 balanced analog inputs (1/4” TRS)
    2 balanced analog outputs (1/4” TRS)
    S/PDIF digital I/O (coaxial RCA connectors) with 2-channel PCM
    direct hardware input monitoring via separate balanced 1/4” TRS monitor outputs
    16-channel MIDI I/O
    ASIO, WDM, GSIF 2 and Core Audio driver support for compatibility with most applications
    64-bit driver support for Windows
    PCI 2.2 compatibility

    I'm assuming this is a link to the type of soundcard mentioned above.

    m-audio.com/products/en_us/Audiophile192-main.html
     
  2. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    my vote goes to Gina

    edit: w into v :oops:
     
  3. mellowj

    mellowj Guest

    Thanks,

    appreciate that.
     
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Definitely the Gina. The audiophile 192 puts too much emphasis on the 192kHz which you will never likely use. Also the Gina comes with Tracktion so, you don't have to worry about DAW software. Unless of course you don't like Tracktion or have something better.
     
  5. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    generally speaking i might prefer the gine as well except i think you said something about doing alotta sample based stuff in which case this...

    "16-channel MIDI I/O
    ASIO, WDM, GSIF 2 and Core Audio driver support for compatibility with most applications
    64-bit driver support for Windows "

    could make a big difference for you....
    GSIF is the gigasampler standard BTW...
     
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    The Gina Also supports GSIF 2.0:

    "Low-latency drivers support all major pro audio software:
    Low Latency ASIO 2.0
    GSIF 2.0 (Gigastudio 3 w/ low latency MIDI)
    WDM kernel streaming mode
    CoreAudio & CoreMIDI "
     
  7. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    cool... i didnt think gina did midi... or was that windows...
     

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