I bought the Delta 44 awhile ago and I have a crappy Sb Live! card in my pc I plan on doing the recording in. I am guessing that I will need to get another soundcard for the recording pc I can spend $300-500 for it. But the thing I don\'t understand is how to record with digital quality over analog outputs (would I need another soundcard with analog ins to get the best quality)??? If anyone can recommend something that would be great.
Why not just use the existing Delta 44 for recording, or will you record in another location? Generally, when I\'m recording, I\'m not doing anything else. With a LAN, you can then move the recorded audio clips wherever you want.
I assume that you will want to record from a microphone. You will need one of three things:
* A preamp (you can spend a bomb for \"the sound\")
* A mixer with preamps (cheap, but can be noisy)
* A new audio card with preamps (low noise, but not necessarily \"the sound\")
In the first two cases, you connect to your Delta 44 or new soundcard. In the third case it\'s all in one. Make sure that the preamp supports phantom power, in case your mics require it.
The delta 44 is the primary card which will be playing the midi sequence and I have tried to record on the same pc and I get way too many pops and clicks and dropouts with every option I tried. So I had to buy another pc. On the recording pc I would like digital quality, I am guessing I will need a soundcard with s/pdif ins and outs???
Even the low-cost cards have s/pdif, but I think you will want analog inputs. It all depends on what you will record: microphones? a guitar/bass from a direct box? something else?
If it\'s a microphone, then it\'s analog by nature. At some point it will be analog, at some point there\'s an A/D converter and at some point it goes into your PC. There are a few solutions - some internal, some external, some a combination.
Another question is about your budget. There is very good equipment at low prices, and there is exceptional equipment at exceptional prices!
Also, do you already have your mics? And what will you record? Do you want a warm, lush sound? Then you want tubes (expensive). If you want a pristine sound, then you want solid-state.
There are many solutions for many goals and budgets.
M-Audio Delta 44, Gigastudio, samples and Cakewalk on pc 1
SB Live! and Soundforge on pc 2
As of now I have pc 1 routed to pc 2 via audio cables. I am not sending any midi data etc to either pc. Delta 44 is using 1/4 inch cables and the SB Live only has 1/8 inch connectors. I probably should replace the SB Live! with perhaps a MAudio Audiophile 2496 or another soundcard. But then it would be Delta 44 analog to 2496 s/pdif.
I need to get a midisport or something to hook up my midi keyboard since neither soundcard has midi input/output. I am sure there is a better way to hook these up, I need some guidance however.