I'm researching how to get more bang out of my sample based system. I'm currently running a duel 2.5GHz G5 with 3GB ram, Logic 7.1 and use EXS and some Kontakt based libraries. I'm not using any form of audio interface, as I dont record that much audio. When I do record the occasional vocal line or live guitar track, I use the built in mac audio input. To monitor my sample based compositions, I use built in core audio and the analog out on the Mac.
I read in the wonderful Virtual instruments magazine that "While it's not ideal, you can monitor V.I.s through your computer built-in audio card." So this leads to the question, what can be gained through purchasing a different audio card? I'm assuming this will allow me to lower the buffer settings, which only effects latency right? I'm I wrong in thinking this will not help me in any way to load more sounds, as this is based on disk speed and RAM only, right?
So why is it not "ideal" to simply use the built in audio on the G5? Would it be better for me to use the G5's optical outs instead of the analog? (I currently do not have a way to turn it back into analog). I'm not experiencing any noticeable latency, so I'm not sure what a new sound card will add to a sample based composition setup.
Thanks in advance for any knowledge you can provide. If this has already been covered (couldn't find it) please smack me with a wet fish and point me in the right direction.
Sorry for asking such a basic question, but this is how we learn, right?