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    Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    Hey all,


    I currently have an Echo Mia Midi in my setup, and I've had nothing but problems. Besides BSOD's my sound only comes out of one speaker, and lately I've had the octave issue where all my sounds come playing an octave lower than they should be! Echo's customer support is e-mail only and has not responded. It has been SO FRUSTRATING that I was about to go play in traffic, but then I decided maybe I should try another card before I end it all.

    Basically all I use is Gigastudio, Cubase and Finale. Along with my USB keyboard. I don't do any recording. I don't need lots of ins and outs.


    So please, if anybody can, HELP. What is a rock solid card for use in my setup? One that will not cause problems and allow me to focus on my MUSIC.

    Oh, I'm looking to spend around $200-$400, but I'm open for anything.

    THANKS.

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    I'm running the M-Audio Audiophile 192, which is roughly equivalent to the MIA. It's been totally solid.

    For $200 - $400 you can get a higher end solution though. I'd look for a solution that gets the analog parts and converters out of the PC case.

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    I use an M Audio Audiophile 2496, and it is very stable. M Audio has great drivers. I also have an Audiophile 192 on my other non giga PC and that's also very stable.

    Dd

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    I'm running the M-Audio Audiophile 192, which is roughly equivalent to the MIA. It's been totally solid.

    For $200 - $400 you can get a higher end solution though. I'd look for a solution that gets the analog parts and converters out of the PC case.
    What do you mean by analog parts? Do I need any converters if I'm just working with samples?


    Quote Originally Posted by ddarwin7
    I use an M Audio Audiophile 2496, and it is very stable. M Audio has great drivers. I also have an Audiophile 192 on my other non giga PC and that's also very stable.

    Dd
    Hey, I see the 192 has more Ins/Outs, does 192 khz audio and is more expensive. Is there any advantage to working with the 192 as opposed to the 2496 with strictly software samples? I don't believe I need 192 khz but to be honest I don't really know.


    Since you guys are wholeheartedly recommending M-audio, do you have any opinion on the M-Audio Firewire Audiophile? Again I dont know much about techie details but I read somewhere that Firewire interfaces doesn't use up CPU power like PCI cards, so that might be an advantage.

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    The MOTU 2408mk3 looks great, sounds great, is GSIF-compatible, and doubles as a mixer:

    http://www.motu.com/products/pciaudio/2408/

    The only downside is that it is only GSIF-compatible, not GSIF2-compatible. It would have been nice to have a sound card with integrated MIDI, but I'm still happy with the way that the 2408mk3 integrates Giga/Cubase with everything-else...

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    Quote Originally Posted by bond6007
    What do you mean by analog parts? Do I need any converters if I'm just working with samples?
    Unless you're using S/PDIF digital ins and outs, you're using the analog I/O.

    A soundcard includes memory that gets the digital audio from the computer's bus, and a clock that syncs it. It sends the sync'd audio to the D/A where it's converted to analog. The signal then goes through a filter and an amplifier before it goes to the connectors.

    A PC is a noisy, nasty environment (electromagnetically speaking). If the D/A converter, filter and amplifier are in the PC, they risk getting polluted by this noise.

    If you can afford it, get a box that sends a digital output from the PC and sends it to an external box that houses the sensitive analog bits. For even more money, you can use an external clock source that connect to this box. That keeps your audio squeaky clean.

    Hey, I see the 192 has more Ins/Outs, does 192 khz audio and is more expensive. Is there any advantage to working with the 192 as opposed to the 2496 with strictly software samples? I don't believe I need 192 khz but to be honest I don't really know.
    The AP192 has the same number of ins & outs as the MIA MIDI - Stereo analog and digital in and stereo analog and digital out. It has some additional monitor output jacks, but they have the same signal as the main output.

    The top advantage of the AP192 vs. the 2496 is that the I/O is balanced, using 1/4" TRS connectors rather than RCA jacks. With an RCA wire there's the signal wire on the inside, and the signal returns by way of the grounding shield. It's unbalanced and susceptible to hum and noise. With a balanced cable the signal and return wires are both shielded for better noise immunity.

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    I've been happy with my E-mu 0404 card. They now have an outboard USB box that may be worth investigating.
    http://www.emu.com/products/product....&product=15185

    juan

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    Quote Originally Posted by alanb
    The MOTU 2408mk3 looks great, sounds great, is GSIF-compatible, and doubles as a mixer:

    http://www.motu.com/products/pciaudio/2408/

    The only downside is that it is only GSIF-compatible, not GSIF2-compatible. It would have been nice to have a sound card with integrated MIDI, but I'm still happy with the way that the 2408mk3 integrates Giga/Cubase with everything-else...

    .

    Yeah I am looking for one that has MIDI and GSIF 2. This one is also out of my price range ($949) unless I go the ebay route...


    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    If you can afford it, get a box that sends a digital output from the PC and sends it to an external box that houses the sensitive analog bits. For even more money, you can use an external clock source that connect to this box. That keeps your audio squeaky clean.
    Thanks for the info, John. But I'm not sure what card that might be. And after the Echo Mia experience, I don't really want to test new waters so to say, I want to get a card that has been proven to work for many other professional users before me. Thats why I guess I might just go with the Audiophile 2496. It's cheap, so where can I wrong? It'll be easy to upgrade in the future.

    I was hoping to find some sort of ultimate Gigastudio card, but I guess there is no such thing at this time. I've had some recommendations on RME products like fireface, multiface, etc. But those are $500-$1000 cards. A little more than I want to spend.

    Quote Originally Posted by juan
    I've been happy with my E-mu 0404 card. They now have an outboard USB box that may be worth investigating.
    http://www.emu.com/products/product....&product=15185

    juan
    Sadly, this E-mu card doesn't have GSIF drivers. I don't think any of their cards do.

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    Quote Originally Posted by bond6007
    Thanks for the info, John. But I'm not sure what card that might be.
    Any of the Firewire cards get the analog circuitry out of the PC case. Same with many of the cards with external breakout boxes.

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    Re: Best sound card for Gigastudio?

    Here is the "master list" of cards/interfaces from which to choose:

    http://tascamgiga.com/hardware.html

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