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Old November 16th, 2007, 01:24 AM   #1
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Soundcard question

Hello Everyone,

I am in need of a good sound card that has at least 2 XLR inputs, gain controls, at least 6 audio outputs, phantom power would be nice, works with vista and is under $500; if under $300 is possible that would be even better. Firewire or USB good also.

Any suggestions?

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Old November 16th, 2007, 08:21 PM   #2
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Anyone have any suggestions?

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Old November 19th, 2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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Anyone at all? So no one uses sound cards external to the one that comes with the computer?

What kind are you using then?

Or am I making a mistake and should be looking for a different way to add voice overs to my tracks?

Help?

Kev
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Old November 19th, 2007, 05:21 PM   #4
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you better have to look for an external firewire mixer for input and simply use a regular 5.1 soundcard for output. the Audigy is a great card, giving you a firewire port to connect something like an Alesis Multimix.
all stays in your budget.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 05:25 PM   #5
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Hello Kevin,

Soundcard sort of implies a card in a computer. Probably most folks are using some sort of external module. I use a Digidesign 002Rack, for example.

I think the only hitch in your request and the $ limitation would be the 6 outputs.

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Old November 19th, 2007, 05:25 PM   #6
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Anyone at all? So no one uses sound cards external to the one that comes with the computer?

What kind are you using then?

Or am I making a mistake and should be looking for a different way to add voice overs to my tracks?

Help?

Kev
It's not that no one uses external interfaces (soundcards), it's that your specs plus your budget requirements eliminates a lot of contenders. For example, I use an Echo AudioFire 8 firewire interface. It has 2 dual function XLR mic level, TRS line level inputs with input trim controls, 6 additional TRS line level inputs, 8 line level outputs plus a pair of stereo S/PDIF digital I/O. Thing is, you asked for gain controls and other than the input trims on the 2 mic inputs it assumes you're feeding it with a mixer and will handle the input gain settings from there - I don't think of trim controls as something you'd use to ride gain during a session. Also it's MSRP is >$500.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 09:30 AM   #7
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I use an Edirol FA-101. It has 2 XLR ins w/preamps (the preamps are a bit weak however, I am using external pres these days). The two pres provide phantom power. It also has 6 1/4" inputs and 8 1/4" outputs. I believe it'll also go in/out via TOSlink.

I just checked on Ebay and it looks like they're going new for under $400.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 11:38 AM   #8
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M-Audio Firewire 410 fits your specs perfectly and is a good choice. I particularly like M-Audio because they keep up with driver updates both on the mac and pc side when new OS versions are released, and they are particularly agnostic mac/pc (unlike many companies!)

External firewire device, 2 mic preamps with phantom and xlr/trs input, 8 outputs. 24/96, plus you get midi and s/pdif i/o as well.

If you have a 6-pin firewire card, it can be fw bus powered.

All in all a great little box for use with an NLE system for typical post production tasks.

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...e410-main.html

Street price about $300 US.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 04:30 PM   #9
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Good soundcard guide and suggestions (this is from one of my favorite music recording websites but the suggestions are all still good for quality sound into video, too):

http://www.tweakheadz.com/soundcards...ome_studio.htm
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