The Scoop on PCMCIA

Discussion in 'Computing' started by BeatAddik, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. BeatAddik

    BeatAddik Guest

    Hey Peeps,

    I own a laptop and I am kind of curious about pcmcia cards. I want to know if hooked with reference monitors, will it produce good sound quality? Thanks in advance

  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    With laptops you usually use USB or Firewire sound cards. There are quite a few good ones available there, and just perhaps a few less good. One reason is that there are very few PCMCIA sound cards around. The ones I have read about though got good reviews though.

    But, to make a very sweeping statement, yes you can get very good sounds out of your laptop, as long as you get a good soundcard. PCMCIA, USB or Firewire all can be good.

    Personally I use an MBox most of the time. Two channels in and out, quite respectable sound quality. A bit high on latency for some uses, but never a problem for me. For on-location recording needing more channels I have a Motu 828mkII firewire card with some outside mic preamps.

  3. sigir

    sigir Guest

    Echo Indigo:


    RME Multiface or Digiface:
  4. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    The E-Mu 1616 is due out soon and it has a PCMCIA interface. It has a breakout box, but the card has a headphone socket that works even without being hooked up to the box.

    I have an Echo Indigo I/O, and it's miles ahead of any computer's output, although I wouldn't really call true pro quality. It's great because of its convenience if you have a laptop.

    It doesn't have balanced outputs which is a shame, although the price is ridiculously low. If you have a laptop, buy one -you might surprise yourself by how often you use it.

    The Digigram cards can be very expensive, and are quite limited in some respects.

    Apart from the E-Mu, I don't think there's anything that Sigir hasn't mentioned.

    John Stafford

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