which sound card to buy??

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vdalian

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I'm into professional record(ie my job)
and my sound card died on my so i'm looking for a new one that is better than my last one-I had sound blaster audigy MP3, I've seen some nice ones for $300

any suggestions???
 

Vivec

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I use a Sound Blaster Live and it rocks. It has lots of outputs and I believe a couple of inputs. Also, I have found Boston speakers work well with it. Mabye it is just me that thinks that...
 

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For professtional recording, I think Turtle Beach beats SB.
 

belveder

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Sounblasters aren't what they used to be, they seemed to have come to a stand still with quality while other brands catch up or overtake. The Turtle Beach are a good solid card, the best nowadays would probably have to be the Hercules cards
 

Razgo

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professional recording? and your using soundblaster cards?
hmmm....

professional recording audio cards are typically start around AU$400.00 going up to over AU$1000.00 depending on what you want. here isw an example of an Audiotrak card $599.00 : http://www.sound-music.com/product_info.php?PID=7

nice site if your local to australia.
 

neb1211

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I have been thinking about putting a Santa Cruz in my system if i were to buy a new sound card. Right now i have a Soundblaster Live 5.1
 

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What about the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 6.1? That card is supposed to smoke everything, but it has a hefty price tag. Only thing I have seen about this (or looked for) was on the box at BestBuy. I love BestBuy.
 

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I got an Audigy2 for $70. 24bit sound is definitely worth it.

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Worth it, when compared to my previous live! platinum. I looked at the turtle beach card for a while but I think I didn't go with it because it hasn't had much review in a while so I questioned its edge.

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ack. sorry. pro sound. I'm out on this one...I can't imagine doing pro sound editing on anything but a qualified pro-tools rig.
 

cyanatic

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vdalian said:
I'm into professional record(ie my job)
and my sound card died on my so i'm looking for a new one that is better than my last one-I had sound blaster audigy MP3, I've seen some nice ones for $300

any suggestions???


Depends what you mean by "record".

Record as in analog (i.e., live instruments in a pro or home studio) to a DAW? If so, how many ins/outs do you need (4? 8? 10?), and of what type (SPDIF, 1/4", RCA?). Do you need MIDI also? Do you want to go PCI or USB? What software are you currently using (Cubase, Cakewalk, Protools, n-tracks, etc.)?

M-Audio, Aardvark, & Edirol all make PCI and/or USB sound cards that fall within your budget of $300 (there are others, too, just can't think of them at the moment). Check your system specs (hardware & OS) very carefully against the manufacturer's compatibility list (especially important if going the USB route). Read tech reviews and get feedback from people who use the equipment before laying down your $.

But, since you said your last soundcard was an SB, I suspect that studio type recording is not what you're referring to. What you want to do narrows down what sound card you should buy.

Cyanatic
 
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