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Re: sound card
I'm from the land down under and have just subscribed to the list and
reading about the sound cards. I have a PIII 600 , 640meg ram, and an ISIS
card don't know if anyone has heard of it but I think it is much better
SB Live. the break out box has 8 ins and four outs SDIF in and out optical
and cable midi in out thru and I think it has been the best buyfor me. You
can check out the recordings on my site (below). Also I have recently
the HPD-15 Handsonic I have had it for 4 weeks now and if anyone could give
me any hints it would be greatly appreciated.
2Loose Enz http://artists2.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/The_2_LooseEnz/
----- Original Message -----
From: "David J Greiner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: sound card
> If you have UBS ports try the Roland UA-30 (check www.edirol.com for
> the specs).
> I was a bit skeptical about USB audio quality, but after I got it I loved
> it. It was only
> about $230 from http://www.zzounds.com
> On Mon, 2 Apr 2001 21:04:27 -0700 "Rick Walker (loop.pool)"
> <GLOBAL@cruzio.com> writes:
> > a very quick disclaimer:
> > I'm a relative newbie to computer music composition, having been
> > involved
> > with the World Beat movement for 22 years as an artist and producer
> > so take
> > everything I say here with a grain of salt. I've tried my best to
> > research
> > this particular area but there is much that I am ignorant of. If
> > I've got
> > anything wrong, please help educate me and don't waste time flaming
> > me.
> > Thanks.
> > I've found that the Soundblaster live card (which I used for my
> > entire first
> > CD of abstract electronica) had tremendous problems with
> > my VIA motherboard and was advised by one of my computer gurus (Si
> > Moorehead, one of the geniuses at EMU/Creative) teh the VIA
> > motherboards are notorious for conflicts. I finally gave up and
> > bought a
> > brand new Intel motherboard and, presto, everything is working
> > hunky dory.
> > Be advised: I have heard that the A/D/A converters are not very
> > good (below
> > pro specs, certainly) and that because they use a
> > 48k sampling rate that every time you do anything in the 44k
> > sampling range
> > (like EVERYTHING having to do with CD manufacturing) that
> > it forces the sounds to go through this crummy conversion on the way
> > in and
> > on the way out. How I circumvented this problem
> > (and avoided buying an expensive DAT machine in the process) was to
> > buy a
> > MidiMan FLYING COW A/D/A converter that supports
> > 24/96 recording, SPDIF and has balanced stereo ins and outs. It
> > set me
> > back about $350 as I remember and allows me to SPDIF everything in
> > and out
> > of the SoundBlaster live card thus (I hope I've figure out
> > correctly)
> > circumventing the SoundBlasters A/D/A converters all together. I
> > also
> > just read that ART has a new stereo A/D/A converter (I think called
> > the
> > DI/O) which the catalogues are selling for
> > only $250. As long as you buy a Sound Blaster Live card that has
> > SPDIF in
> > and out (a waste of time if it doesn't) you do NOT have to spring
> > for their
> > most expensive card. If it has SPDIF it is as good a card as they
> > make.
> > You just pay for the breakout box and all of their software (much of
> > which
> > is pretty superfluous if you are doing serious recording/composing)
> > by
> > purchasing the expensive card.
> > Total outlay for a pretty cool and quite setup: $350!!!! Not
> > bad. I
> > believe it is the cheapest way I know of achieving 'champagne' high
> > quality
> > results on a 'beer' budget.
> > One last thing: Windows '98 has a new version out which has
> > really
> > resolved a lot of the conflicts with a lot of drivers. Download
> > the
> > upgrade and install it. It has made a huge impact on the stability
> > of my
> > system (which got pretty damn wobbly last year). I must confess
> > that
> > for music applications I still don't trust Windows ME yet.
> > Anybody have
> > any good luck stories with it, yet?
> > It always seems the best bet to wait two years for any Windows
> > operating
> > system before they work out the kinks.
> > yours, Rick Walker (loop.pool)