I have a dell dual core w/3.0 chips and 4 gigs RAM. At present I have a creative XFI sound card. I run Vista Home Premium. I use Sibelius 5.1 and Sonar 7 Studio.
I want to get a better soundcard. Actually what I want to do is hook up a mic to record my guitar. My brother plays games and is looking for a decent card for his games. My plan is to give him mine, once I purchase my new one.
I have been looking at both USB and PCI audio interfaces and want to know opinions of which way to go and which specific one to buy. I am looking to stay around $200 or less and will probably buy the Rodes NT1-A Mic (a large diaphragm Condenser mic) to record the guitar. This mic needs Phantom power. I am open to suggestions on the mic as well.
I am also looking for what not to buy as well. So if you have had problems with something, let me know as well.
I know nothing about what I just typed, but am learning.