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SOUNDCARDS....

Discussion in 'Recording' started by lacumbiax, May 24, 2001.

  1. lacumbiax

    lacumbiax Guest

    Can anybody give me any advise on getting a soundcard...Right now I have a SBlive and I want to upgrade to a professional card.
    I will mainly be doing audio recording.

    thanks :p
     
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Well...what applications are you going to be recording? All analog or digital? How many inputs and what type of interfaces are going to be recorded?
    You posted a very general question so I cant really give you a detailed response. There are several cards out there right now but which one is good for you I dont know.
    Manufacturer's to look at are CakeWalk downloads http://www.motu.com http://www.rme-audio.com http://www.midiman.com/m-audio2.htm http://www.tascam.com/products/us428/index.cfm http://www.tascam.com/WebPages/PCI-822.cfm

    which one is good for you is what your needs are going be based upon.
    give us some specific needs and we can give you better advice
    Cheers
    Opus :D
     
  3. lacumbiax

    lacumbiax Guest

    Well, I am going to be recording(2 synths, bass, drums(electric, but everything goes to separate channels,like an acoustic drum), timbales, congas, guiro(percussion instrument used for Merengue), and vocals) so as you can see I could go all audio but I could also go Midi and audio... I am going to be using Nuendo to record all the tracks(from my analog mixer outputs to the computer soundcard inputs)
    I need a quality sound card(money is no object) :D
     
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Good choice on software my friend!! Nuendo is top notch indeed!! Well...if you are going to do multiple inputs then you might want to think about the MOTU products..if you aren't going digital then go with the MOTU 24i..24 inputs of analog ins..good dynamic range and plus with one PCI card you can put three of them to get 72 ins at once. They input via a firewire cable which they call an audio wire..
    Or you could go with the Echo cards but that involves multiple PCI cards for each hardware interface and the ability to use all the cards in one program due to it's control panel being able to control all cards in one software! but the problem with multiple PCI cards is IRQ issues..pain but Echo cards are great indeed.
    Also the RME stuff is nice and making serious waves these days with many DAW users. the 9652 card which has 56 channels of optical IO in conjunction with the 8io box which is an analog breakout box that sends the information via lightpipe to the main PCI card..amazing sounding converters as well as very low latency.
    Also what OS are you going to be using? Win98/ME or Win2k?
    Opus
     
  5. lacumbiax

    lacumbiax Guest

    I am going to be using Win2k...dual processor and I have 450Mbytes of RAM. :D
     
  6. JCG

    JCG Guest

    Wasn't Steinberg offering a bundle with one of the RME card (rebranded to Steinberg/Nuendo) and the Nuendo S/W? Might be cheaper than buying them separately and one would hope to get "one stop shopping" for support as well.

    My $0.02 (Canadian),
    John
     
  7. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Yes Steinberg is offering the bundled package deal with the RME 96/52 card..which is only optical ins...it has 24 channels of lightpipe in with a SPDIF in as well..you can chain another card to it to get 52 channels of input.thus it would be 48 channels of lightpipe and 4 channels of SPDIF(Two Stereo ins)
    The good thing about RME is the ability to do 96Khz sampling rate where MOTU still is only 48..unless you go with the 12/96 card..12 ins and outs with AES availability as well.
    Opus
     
  8. nrgmusic

    nrgmusic Guest

    Does Nuendo still have the same timing resolution problems that Cubase had? Just curious


    Simon :)
     
  9. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Timing resolutions for what? Sync? MIDI and Audio? Tempo issues? If sync no..Nuendo is rock solid..that's the main reason I have it..well, of course there's the sample editor, automation of individual tracks, plugins, etc etc...
    let me know if that was what you were talking about
    Opus
     
  10. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Just a warning lacumbiax..MOTU has BETA drivers for Win2k...not solid yet..dont know when they will be either! Also try and stay away from Via based chipsets as they cause havoc with audio cards.
    I would definately look into RME then if I were you
    Opus
     
  11. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    I double the advice on the RME hammerfall. Its $525 street. ADAT optical i/o, Wordclock in, ADAT sync.

    Nathan Eldred
    Atlas Pro Audio, Inc.
    http://www.atlasproaudio.com
    813.662.5028
     
  12. nrgmusic

    nrgmusic Guest

    Originally posted by Opus2000:
    Timing resolutions for what? Sync? MIDI and Audio? Tempo issues? If sync no..Nuendo is rock solid..that's the main reason I have it..well, of course there's the sample editor, automation of individual tracks, plugins, etc etc...
    let me know if that was what you were talking about
    Opus


    Hey Opus
    Nah it wasn't the sync it was the midi timing in particular. I had Cubase V4 for mac and it really sucked big time... Is this still the case?

    Thanks
    Simon
     

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