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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:45 pm    Audio System / Soundcard: Internal? External? Differences? Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi,

I'm planing to replace my current computer (again), where one important point, of course, is the audio part.

Up to now, an (old) TerraTec AudioSystem EWX 24/96 is running here, which is OK, but sometimes tends to crash my computer (blue screen).

What would be a nice audio solution for musicians currently? I am not sure about whether to use an internal or external solution, but think that internal suits my situation better. I don't know about the technical differences, though (if any).

My requirements are not that of a studio master. I have a small mixer going into and receiving out of the audio system and my Korg Workstation that goes in and out for Midi.

Hints and suggestions are most welcome Smile

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Stefan

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:07 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

cheap and good
http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/FCA202.aspx

(firewire)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:27 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Ah, good one. Didn't think about Firewire, yet. Obviusly the better choice over USB.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:33 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I would recommend:

- MOTU 828 II FW (I had in 2007 and 2008 - recorded "Soledad, Universal Quiet and Sequential Tourism" with it) or the newer MOTU 828 III FW
- Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 (I have this one now, it's excellent)

Both have multiple in- and outputs. Great sound quality.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:42 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

So one internal to one external ... Smile
... erm ... no ... FW is firewire, isn't it?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:06 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Don't buy the Behringer crap it sounds shitty.
Get Presonus USBBox or an M-Audio Fastrack pro if it has to be cheap.
Or get a second hand RME 9632 if you want very good drivers and sound quality

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:09 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Here is one on sale at Ebay

http://cgi.ebay.de/RME-Hammerfall-DSP-9632-Plus-AEB4-0_W0QQitemZ200366007929QQcmdZViewItemQQptZStudioequipment?hash=item2ea6bea679&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1229%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:02 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« Ron » wrote:
Don't buy the Behringer crap it sounds shitty.

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Get Presonus USBBox or an M-Audio Fastrack pro if it has to be cheap.

Well, no, it does not have to be cheap but reasonable. I am not going to open a studio Wink
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Or get a second hand RME 9632 if you want very good drivers and sound quality

Sounds interesting.
So you prefer an internal solution over external. Are there any technical reasons?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:32 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

less latency, more reliabale and cheaper in general
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:37 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

RME is good anyway with drivers. I personally don't want anything else anymore.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:47 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Ok, so I didn't get that ebay offer (why did it have to end at daylight working time anyway?), but as latency and reliability is still an issue between internal/external solutions, the RME is on my wanted list. The price for new cards isn't that bad actually. Well ... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:51 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« treibklang » wrote:
Ok, so I didn't get that ebay offer (why did it have to end at daylight working time anyway?), but as latency and reliability is still an issue between internal/external solutions, the RME is on my wanted list. The price for new cards isn't that bad actually. Well ... Smile


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