A request for help to fill the blanks!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by MrVirus, May 25, 2011.

  1. MrVirus

    MrVirus Active Member

    May 25, 2011
    Hi, basically, the story goes: I've got a copy of cubase 5 and looking to record mainly guitar and bass on it (both electric). I will be adding drum tracks at a later date but will most likely program them. Now, I've managed to record a partial track using the on-board sound card and, as I'm sure you can imagine, its Godawful. I'm looking at getting a 'Alesis iO2 USB Audio Interface'. What I want to know is:

    1) Will the on-board sound card be of any use (I'm assuming not!)?
    2) Any suggestions as to alternative sound cards to look at?
    3) Is there something truly essential I'm missing on this list?

    I'll admit, I'm new to all this. All help and suggestions will be gratefully received.
  2. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2010
    Standing right behind you!
    I use my onboard sound card as a playback device - for mix testing only. It's just one more tool for me to use to check the mix on other devices.

    As for tracking with it, never. Soundcards are easily defeated by outboard A/D converters.
  3. MrVirus

    MrVirus Active Member

    May 25, 2011
    Do you have any recommendations for an A/D converter?
  4. jimmys69

    jimmys69 Active Member

    Apr 16, 2011
    Arvada Colorado
    The i02 should work for you. Not the greatest unit but it will surely blow away your internal soundcard. Keep in mind you will need an interface with phantom power to use a condenser mic. I would suggest good powered monitors for your next purchase.
  5. LittleJohn

    LittleJohn Active Member

    Oct 31, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Fill in the gaps ( original question )
    the i02 is what ? about $100 US ?
    If you want to save up ... maybe $250 , there are several 8 - 12 channel USB mixers (mackie, yamaha, A&H) with lots of goodies.
    I am going to GUESS , if you are similar to others, that you will out grow the 2 channel thing pretty quickly.
    Once you get more people involved, the artist monitor options available on a board give you lots more choices.
  6. MrVirus

    MrVirus Active Member

    May 25, 2011
    Thanks for your input guys. I was only really planning on doing solo recording. 2 channels would probably do, but, that said, for how much extra it costs, it's still worth looking into.

    I would like to thank you all sincerely for all your advice. This will not be the last time you hear from me........
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