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Noob needs advice

I'm a complete noob, so I'm sorry if I'm asking some stupid questions here.

- I want to direct record guitar from a line 6 pod, straight into my soundcard, and create some basic drum tracks using a midi editor (rather than via a keyboard, so don't necessarily need midi ins/outs)

- I have a pretty limited budget, and want to keep things as simple as possible

- I'm recording through CubaseSE3

- I don't have a mixer (or have the budget for one)

Can anyone eecommend me a soundcard that might be best for this situation. I've been looking at the M-Audio Audiophile 24/96, and Delta 44, would either of these jump out as a more suitable option?



Pro Audio Guest Wed, 04/19/2006 - 19:39
I am asuming you are running the Audio from POD through the USB to the PC. If you need to record more than one track at a time get the delta 44. In addition, The Delta 44 has balanced and unbalanced inputs for flexibility. If you just record one track at a time get the audiophile. Those are the main differences I see.
Just as a side note if you can hold out til you save a little more money it might benefit you to look into an interface with firewire as most new PC's are dumping the PCI interface for pcix. That means if you decide to upgrade the PC in the future you would have to dump the card and get another interface. I bought a delta 66 4 years ago and was glad I did, but if I were to make that decision today I would go the Firewire route.
Best Wishes

saemskin Wed, 04/19/2006 - 20:28
Spot on Casper.
One thing extra you may want to consider is that you may think you dont need midi now, but you will eventually. I can think of a recording situation where it would be either necessary or useful in some way.

I dont believe the Delta has midi, but the Audiophile does. So, imo if you ever plan on recording more than 1 stereo pair, you may want to consider something along the lines of a 1010 lt. Which is only 50$ more than the Delta 44.

Soemthing to consider anyway.