So I'm interested in getting either GPO4 or EWQLSO, with the following PC:
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.21 GHZ
- 4 GB Ram
- Integrated sound card
Assuming the rest of my computer is fine (is it?), the obvious upgrade is the sound card. It needs to have ASIO drivers for low latency with MIDI keyboard (hooked up via USB). That is really my only need.
I don't do ANY real-world recording, only samples, and I know next to zero knowledge when it comes to music production, so it'll have to be easy to set up.
It would be nice to have an external one, just to make it easier to setup and to save me the trouble of putting it in, but I don't have firewire. I'm just an amateur looking for basic functionality... is USB really that bad? If you do recommend a firewire one then please link me a cheap PCI firewire port card as well.
For internal cards, how are the Creative X-fis? I've heard they're bad for music production, but yet I have a few friends that use them and they seem to think they're alright. Again, I'm only an amateur, not a professional audiophile.
Thanks in advance.