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

    Arleon
     
  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

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    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.

    Gunnar
     
  3. sigir

    sigir Guest

    Echo Indigo:
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    Digigram:
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    RME Multiface or Digiface:
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  4. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

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    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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