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Recommend me a sound card

  1. Bobzilla
    Bobzilla
    I want a loverly new external sound card jobbie for use with Cubase, and I don't want to spend over 150. The less the better.

    But, I want it to be decent.

    I was looking at the Lexicon Omega, but its only USB1.1, not USB2. I like it because it has four stereo line inputs, plus 2 microphone inputs, and one of the line ins can be used for my bass guitar. It is also externally powered, so I can use it with powered monitors as a little rig for 2 mikes, keyboard and bass, or similar.

    But, is the sample rate up to it? I get the impression that its only 48khz, and not the 96 you see from the M-Audio 24-96 (which is internal, so not really what I'm looking for, but the price is good).

    Oh, and Midi would be very nice, but not quite a necessity.

    Ideas please, on a sitck.
  2. Nique
    Nique
    I got mine off Fleabay

    I got mesen a Creative Fatal1ty card (yes its meant to have the 1 in the name) Got it all 2nd hand for @110 ages ago.

    Which is a soundcard and a drive bay front panel....dont bother getting the one with the external module coz its crap!

    Front panel gives you Audio sockets, Jacks, digital in and out, Midi in and out and firewire...what more could you want?

    Comes with 7.1 connectivity and XFI module which means it'll do Dolby THX surround

    I'm running Cubase SX3 but was running Cubase SX until a few months ago. Works fine for me! My latency is 5ms

    Actually

    Kikatek.com | (70SB046A0200 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series PCI Sound Card

    95 new!!!!

    Fookin bargain!!!!

    You can thank me later

    I got mesen a Behringer MX1604 desk to plug all my guitars, mikes and bass straight into and then out from that into the soundcard...brand new about 5 years ago that cost 100...you could go straight into the card but its more flexible to go through the desk

    There are newer and better cards but I can't fault mine

    Dont buy an Audigy card coz they're apin in the arse with Cubase IIRC
  3. Twigman
    Twigman
    If you had Firewire I'd recommend the Edirol FA-66
    I've heard a lot of great reports of this external device but it is 180
    Edirol FA-66 6-channel Portable Firewire Audio Interface - DV247.COM

    Then there's the USB2.0 external version of the E-MU 0404 @ 146.80
    E-MU 0404 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface - DV247.COM

    A lot would depend on how many inputs you need.
    Personally I use a RME HDSP9632 PCi internal.
  4. Bobzilla
    Bobzilla
    My problem is audio recording and hearing multiple sources simultaneously.

    I want to hear the cubase click track, use computer based sythns, hear my Motif Rack and any recorded audio, all through the same set of headphones.

    I also want it to be able to record my bass through Cubase.

    If I can use it and a pair of powered monitors for small set live work (say a couple of guitars, a few mikes, a few line level instruments) then that would be great. If not, I would think of buying a small format mixer anyway.

    On top of that, I would quite like a midi in and out.
  5. Twigman
    Twigman
    Both the external devices I linked to have midi in/out.
    The firewire one has multiple in/outs ( 6 in/out) and would see you right.
    The E-mu 0404 is limited on the I/O front.

    If it must be USB2 and multiple IN/OUT then your best bet would be this:
    M-Audio Fast Track Ultra High Speed 8 x 8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface - DV247.COM
    but @ 205 is over budget.

    If you can stretch the budget I'd highly recommend RME's product as the internal routing mixer allows many inputs to be patched differently to many outputs, thereby providing for example a different headphone mix from monitor mix.

    I use a small 10/2 mixer for routing audio/mic sources to a stereo line in on my RME and I only track 1 audio source at a time but it is capable of so much more.
  6. Twigman
    Twigman
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobzilla View Post
    My problem is audio recording and hearing multiple sources simultaneously.

    I want to hear the cubase click track, use computer based sythns, hear my Motif Rack and any recorded audio, all through the same set of headphones.

    I also want it to be able to record my bass through Cubase.
    Click/comp based synths/recorded audio don't need an audio input - ie anything already recorded within/created by the computer/Cubase itself.

    Motif - if not previously recorded from needs stereo (I assume) pair (I'm assuming you are triggering the Motif via midi and not tracking it)
    Bass - another mono input -

    So you only need 3 audio inputs and if you track the Motif rather than trigger it from midi you'll only need 2 - so the E-MU would suffice unless you insist on not tracking the Motif.
  7. Nique
    Nique
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobzilla View Post
    My problem is audio recording and hearing multiple sources simultaneously.

    Ive got mine into tyhe desk and out so I can balance what the PC is 'playing' ie click track and playback whilst still balancing live playing

    Instruments into desk

    Desk or Midi into Card into soundcard

    Soundcard back into desk into on an ALt channel#

    Get a spliter or speaker output (1 to speakers, 1 to desk) then you can monitor through speakers or plugs headphones into desk

    No click recorded, no playback recorded on live track

    Easy peasy
  8. Bobzilla
    Bobzilla
    Looking at Mackie Onyx Satellite. 100 from DV.
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