The Soundblaster cards are fine for casual use but they are behind the fidelity of Gigasampler and its sound libraries. The reason people want to use better sound cards is because they want a system where all the components are of comparable quality - no weak links. So, as the popular gameshow goes, \"Soundblaster, you are the weakest link. Goodbye!\"
If I understand correctly the two previous posts, a SoundBlaster card output is noisy, so when I plug my card into another device, it will not be very good, right?
Is the line input also a problem?
Now, if I only produce my stuff directly on my PC, is SoundBlaster still an issue? Let\'s say I record some MIDI stuff though a sequencer with Giga samples. Then I capture the stuff as audio, I edit it, and I burn it on CD. Is there still a weakest link?
Giga has its own capture to wave function. Can anyone verify that this works independently of the quality of the sound card? If it does, then your Soundblaster wouldn\'t be a problem. On the other hand, only you can determine if your SB card is quiet and clean enough for your own purposes.
I use sblive, including its reverb effects, and I have detected some noise, but barely audible. Since the reverb effects are hardware-based, they seem clearer to me than even the best plugin reverb effect, including waves Rverb. Having said that, I\'m sure there are better effects cards as far as reverb is concerned. But Cake and GS compatibility are the issue. Some folks like the reverb on Universal Audio\'s effects card. A subject for another discussion.
[This message has been edited by JG (edited 10-20-2001).]
The capture to wave function in GS occurs on the harddrive only. You\'re soundcard will not affect the quality of the wav file at all. You could, if you wanted, just use your soundblaster card to monitor while you compose and then capture to wave.
Basically, if you want to ALWAYS capture to wave then you don\'t need to worry what kind of soundcard you have.
If your audio editor resides on your GS PC then you have nothing else to worry about. If not then you\'re going to have to figure out Networking or a CD-Burner or something to get those big .wav files off your GS PC and into your audio editor.
I use a Soundscape Mixtreme plus a Soundblaster live with digital I/O. The Mixtreme clock is driven by the SB at 48 kHz. The Giga output is digitally routed to the SB to get pure reverb, which is then added to the original signal within the Mixtreme mixer. This setting yields real time reverb of excellent quality without any load on CPU. It also allows to add different amounts of verb to the individual channels.
[This message has been edited by Giorgio Tommasini (edited 11-12-2001).]