I just purchased a new computer w/ a soundblaster X Fi sound card. The computer is a Dell Inspiron w/dual 3.0 chips and 4 gigs of ram.
Unfortunately, I also have windows Vista. (The version where you have to reboot 10-15 times a day)
I use Sib5 with the Kp2 player and GPO and Jabb. I have Sonar Home studio 6 XL on the way to me now.
Edit: I just installed Sonar Home and And the first thing it says is that some other program is using the sound card, (nothing else is open), and asks me should I use it anyway or to disable it. I click use anyway and get no sounds. I haven't tried to disable it yet, because I don't know what will happen then.
Sib5 and the sound card do not get along very well, so it looks like I need to buy a different sound card.
I do 99% of my composing by using the mouse and putting notes on the staves. Sometimes, but not often, I use my keyboard in real time.
I am not rich, so I am looking to stay as inexpensive as possible, but want things to work right.
What ASIO sound cards do you guys recommend?
I should add that I know nothing about sound cards or ASIO and would like to stay around 100$ if possible.
Most importantly, why do I need a good sound card?