Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by lightstuffplus, May 16, 2004.

  1. I am trying to get the things together to record my band using my computer. I already have sonar 3 and home studio 2002, i don't know what card to get. I want something with several xrl inputs...(i think) But i don't know if i should just run a return out of the board or what.. any help would greatly be appreciated...
  2. Ellegaard

    Ellegaard Active Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Central Copenhagen
    Seems like a card that supports ADAT is the best option. There's a quite cheap Steinberg soundcard on the market, and linked together with a Behringer ADAT interface you won't run out of inputs within the near future.
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    XLR inputs are usually associated with mic pre amps ... so to have a card with XLRs would mean that it most likely had mic inputs. A simple card with XLRs would have a "breakout" cable with XLRs ... very kludgy and IMO not very robust or reliable. It's a drag to be fussing around behind the computer all the time and after some use, I could see one of these "breaklout" cables developing shorts. Most soundcards have these "breakout" cables or employ an interface box ... I prefer cards that use the interface box approach because all the in and out connections are on the box. I feel this is much more suited to the demands of connecting and disconecting mics and line ins and outs that a studio enviornment requires. Unless you are going to make the connections once and then never touch them again, I would go with a card / box combination for the sake of long term reliability.

    One good solution as mentioned would be a card that employs ADAT ins and outs.. these are multi channel digital in and outs on optical connectors. Alesis makes the AI3 that sells for about $400 street price. I uses 2 of these with the Dakota card from Frontier and it has been great. There are other newer cards available now that support 96 k sample rates as well. The only thing is the AI3 (and others) only has 1/4" trs line inputs, not XLRs.

    If you want mic pres built into your interface, the Aardvark Q10 is a great soulution. This is a sound card and interface box combination that has 8 real ok mic / line pres and a host of other line in and outs all in a one space rack mount box.

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