Good Soundcard

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by paythuprise, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. paythuprise

    paythuprise Guest

    I am looking for a new sound card for around $80-$100, that has nice quality for recording acoustic and vocals. If any of the SoundBlasters are good for recording, i would prefer one of those.

    I am recording by using a mic stand right next to my acoustic,
    the mic i am using a Dynamic RSQ P10 (really not that great, probally looking to upgrade to a Shure SM-57) which goes straight into my soundcard (Mic In) which is the default soundcard with the comp.
    Which gives a pretty boomy sound and a lot of fuzzy noise in the background.

    My Comp- Hp 1.7 GHz, 512 MB, 80 Gig HD, XP
    Software- Adobe Audition 1.5

    I want to be able to record vocals, guitar 1, guitar 2 at the same time and get a seprate track for each of those so i can edit them in Audition.

    Do i need any other hardware such as...
    Preamps, Mixers, etc.
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    E-MU 0404. Best bank for the buck in an audio interface. You will need some sort of preamp if you choose the E-MU 0404.
  3. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    Sounds like you're just getting started in recording. Keep surfing this site ... there's a LOT to learn.

    Avoid Soundblaster if you can. And, I don't think any of those cards will allow you to record more than 2 tracks discreetly at the same time. But if you only have one mic, you won't be able to anyway.

    I don't think you're going to be able to find a card with 4 inputs in your budget. Look at M-Audio's range of cards. Maybe the Delta 44 or something. For recording acoustic guitar and vocals, look at a condenser mic. Studio Projects B-1 is probably the cheapest one.

    If you one of these cards, you will need preamps. A small mixer with multiple mic pres is a good solution.
  4. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    When I was looking for a soundcard to replace the cheap card that was in my computer originally, the question quickly became not "how much does it cost", but "what do I need to do what I want to do". Frankly, after looking over every soundcard I could find and asking for opinions on forums, particularly the forum for my already acquired recording software, I'd looked at lots of cheap ones, lots of expensive ones and some astoundingly expensive ones, but I could only come up with one soundcard that would actually do the job, no matter what it cost. The price for the one I ended up with was 500 dollars(Something like 5 years ago...). Since then most of the original computer has been replaced - the soundcard is still all I need. While I am not a particularly good money-maker, the card has still paid for itself many many times, so far.

    Could I justify 500 bucks for a soundcard? In the end, I could justify nothing less - it was the only one that would do what I wanted to do the way I wanted to do it. There was no question(Execpt where I'd get the money? Took awhile, but, I found it. I had too.). Truly, as I'd already spent several thousand dollars on my computer and outboard recording gear, this card was actually only a rather small "percentage" of my expenditure.

    Soundcards(Or anything else, ever.) look at benefit before cost. If you buy something for any price and it doesn't do what you need right out of the box(To say nothing of "growing" with the system for at least a reasonable amount of time), it's cost at any price was too high.

    Bottom line: The soundcard is the most important part of my computer sound system. Much as I'd like to, I cannot afford to compromise.


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