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    Recommended sound cards for GPO

    Hello,

    I'm a new GPO user, and I'd like to know what the experts think is a good low latency sound card to use with it. When I play the sounds via a USB MIDI keyboard there's a horrible delay , but the sounds themselves are terrific! I assume this is the problem. I've done some web searches, and it looks like the maudio 2496 is a good choice (I'm on a Windows clone running XP).

    Thanks! Dave

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    Re: Recommended sound cards for GPO

    See this thread here for a lot of dialog on soundcards for GPO.

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=29059

    I will still hold true to my original post no matter what (and may you all curse my name and spit on my grave) and recommend the Audiophile 24/96. A very nice pro-sumer card for nearly nothing.

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    Re: Recommended sound cards for GPO

    I'm using the Audiophile Firewire - it does the job just fine

    Mark.
    As in music - so in life!

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    Re: Recommended sound cards for GPO

    It seems that the M-Audio Revolution supports ASIO-2 and now GSIF to boot. That means that you can get four stereo outputs for studio use from a cheap card. http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=28861

    I don't know if the latency or sound is any good, since I haven't tried it myself, but Doyle's a long time poster with a top reputation, so I don't doubt that it sounds good.

    Here are the specs:
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...n71-focus.html

    It lists ASIO, but not GSIF. The literature probably hasn't yet caught up with the drivers.

    Going this route is a bit of a risk, but might be worth it if multiple outs matter to you. The Audiophile 2496 and 192 and the Echo MIA-MIDI are all great, well proven budget pro boards. I prefer the balanced I/O of the more expensive 192 and MIA boards.

    -JF

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    If you're eventually thinking multi-channel (6 or 8 channel output), I'd serious look at the M-Audio Firewire 410 (list $399, street around $299) if it's in your price range. Excellent support (toll call, but they are there) and the specs are flawless -- all in a convenient outboard box that connects all your cables and stuff and runs from a singe 6-pin Firewire cable to your computer.

    I've had mine a year not and am very satisfied.

    my $0.02 ... KevinKauai

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    Re: Recommended sound cards for GPO

    I have an Edriol FA-101 and love it.

    http://www.edirol.com/products/info/fa101.html

    This is a good one also (for PC only):

    http://www.edirol.com/products/info/ua1000.html
    Aaron Clark, C/C++, J2EE, Flash, Perl and PHP programming.
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    Re: Recommended sound cards for GPO

    I have no latency hassles whatsoever with the 24/96 (on a 2.4Ghz pc). Use the digi outs- analog can be dirty, dependig on the individual machine. For analog I/O use I'd always try to stick with an external box.

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    Re: Recommended sound cards for GPO

    Quote Originally Posted by FredProgGH
    I have no latency hassles whatsoever with the 24/96 (on a 2.4Ghz pc). Use the digi outs- analog can be dirty, dependig on the individual machine. For analog I/O use I'd always try to stick with an external box.
    The analog I/O on most of these cards is okay for monitoring, unless your monitors and room treatment/silencing are much better than mine. But definitely avoid sending the analog outs to be recorded somewhere else. Digital is the trick for computer to computer, or computer to recorder applications.

    All the cards listed above have nice latency specs, though I'm not sure about the Revolution.

    -JF

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    Re: Recommended sound cards for GPO

    I just installed my Audiophile 2496 last week and I'm getting incredibly low latency. I'm also using the analog outs (to an amp and from there to my speakers) without any problems. Sound quality is excellent and I haven't had any issues switching back and forth between the Audiophile and the nForce2 on-board audio. As far as the Audiophile goes, I couldn't be a more satisfied customer.

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