Help to get a suitable sound card?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by whocareswhoitis, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Hi I think its time to upgrade my sound card (audigy 2) for something more advanced seeing my skills have advanced over time. I'd like to find something just right for my needs though, and any help I'd like alot :)
    So far i've just been recording bass and guitar through my bass amps direct out (1/4" jack) to my audigy 2 sound card (1/8" jack) with ok results. I would like to take advantage of my DI XLR output from my lovly trace elliot bass amp though. In the future i'd like to buy a nice mic to mic my amp up too and have the best of both worlds. So i'm deffinetly looking for something that can do that for me. The option of possibley being able to record a drum set would be good too.. though I dont know if that will ever be possible.
    I hear e-mu and m-audio do good cards, is that so? The m-audio
    Delta 1010LT certainly looks nice. So does the EMU 1212M. The EMU 1212M apparently has the same converters as the Digidesign®'s flagship Pro Tools® HD 192, is that something I should be excited about with only being a home recordist with about £150 to spend? It doesn't seem to have any XLR inputs though.
    Or if all hopes of recording a drum set goes out the window should I just settle for the EMU 0404? Is there a great difference in the quality with all these cards? Please help me decide whats right for me :) and thanks for any help. Charlie
  2. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    I've been happy with M-Audio products. Keep in mind with the 1010LT you will need some sort of pre amps such as a mixer with direct outs, or an octopod. The 1010LT is PCI which is MUCH more reliable than USB or fire wire. (YMMV)

    edit: changed PCI to USB.
  3. Thanks for replying. The 1010LT already has 2 built in pre amps though, this should be fine for pluging any balanced single in though shouldn't it? Like a DI box or DI out from my amp?
  4. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Say again?
  5. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    My experience is that PCI is much more reliable than USB. I have been using PCI 1010LT's on 3 different mother boards with no issues for about 10 years. My USB M-Audio card has issues on 2 out of my 3 USB ports on my lap top. A friend of mine has a Tascam 1641 and it would work after power cycling it a few times on his old lap top. On my lap top it never worked right. On his new lap top he is still trying to get it working.
  6. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Lynx L22- PCI based 2 channel ADC + Lynx Aurora 16 or 8.

    Great stuff really happy with my L22.
  7. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Gecko, I'm with ya. USB is for mice and keyboards. I was looking directly at this misconfiguration;
    "GeckoMusic wrote:
    The 1010LT is PCI which is MUCH more reliable than PCI"

    The pci is blah, blah, than pci. That part.

    You fixed it so now it reads and makes sense.
  8. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    When I wrote to response I didn't even see the glaring typo I made. It wasn't until later that I saw it and edited it. I think we are on the same page now.

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