Best Sound Card

Discussion in 'Sequencing Hardware' started by MuddFlat, Jul 31, 2002.

  1. MuddFlat

    MuddFlat New Member

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    Would anyone recommend a sound card that is good for midi sounds. I'm sick of hearing music that sound so fake.

    If so, please post the model of the card and why it is so good.

    Thanks
  2. mikegant

    mikegant New Member

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    connect your computer to a sound canvas
  3. MuddFlat

    MuddFlat New Member

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    Thanks. How much would one of those be? And what's a good company that makes them?
  4. Yahoo

    Yahoo New Member

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    Sound Blaster Audigy are good cards for almost everything including midi because they support high resolution sounds and you can load soundfonts as big as your computer memory can handle, which makes midi sound very real..
  5. GusTraX

    GusTraX New Member

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    Hello

    Get a SoundBlaster Live, Audigy or Extigy and load a 64 or 128 MB GM SoundFont Bank.

    There are a lot to choose from.
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    Terratec

    I heare good things about the new Terratec 24/96, does any body know if it's any good?
  7. danny715

    danny715 New Member

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    get yourself a "hammerfall" soundcard made by "steinberg" - german company - awesome digital soundcard.

    Oh ... and fire it through an "E-MU Proteus 2000" sound module - your midis'll sound sweet as a nut :)
  8. ibanez270

    ibanez270 New Member

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    If you just wnat to play midi files
    Sound Blaster live sounds real good and there cheap
  9. tavenger5

    tavenger5 Mr Admin Guy Staff Member Admin

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    I never did figure out how to do that!?
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    Thewallofsound New Member

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    why not connect in a good quality keyboard?
  11. Yahoo

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  12. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Re: Terratec

    I've heard/seen some wonderful thing about the new line.
    They are a professional audio "real" soundcard, whereas Sound Blaster's are more suited to PC multimedia (The Audigys are generally ok for MIDI), but Terratec is cheaper than the SB Live Audigy, and it is like I said a "real Soundcard".

    I'd go with the Terratec - they're a great value for what you pay for them. I've got the SB Live (mp3) now, and it works ok for VERY amature stuff... But I'm trying to upgrade my home studio, and I definately need something better.

    The KXproject driver - http://www.kxproject.com is geared to MUSICAL use of the EMU10k chipset based cards, in cluding SB Live.
    Lower delay, and an option to switch front/back outputs (the rear D-A converters are better!) are among the features.
    If money is a real big consideration - go with a SB Live with the KXproject driver.

    Sorry for the novel
  13. tavenger5

    tavenger5 Mr Admin Guy Staff Member Admin

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    Thanks Yahoo. I did figure out how to do it. Another important thing is the bank number needs to be set in the midi file itself. Now I just need some really good sound fonts (the ones I found suck)
  14. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Are they small enough to, um, "share" :rolleyes:
  15. Yahoo

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    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Thanks Yahoo!
  17. BeAR

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    SB live or Audigy seem ok
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    You should give Virtual sound canvas a try. It's a soft version of sound canvas. The nice thing about it is you don't have to open up your computer. Just load the software and go.
  19. Florimo

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    Can someone explain to stupid old me, what is a sound font?

    Does it enhance your midi files when playing back on a PC? If so, do you need to get them specific for your sound card?

    Cheers,

    Florimo
  20. BeAR

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    Sound fonts...

    A sound font is an audio file format primarilly used by Sound Blaster sound cards. They were introduced with the AWE 32 card many years ago, then the AWE 64, then the Live series, and now the newer Audigy cards.

    It basically turned your sound card into a basic sampler.

    A few other companies have adapted support for the format, such as Emagics EXS24 software sampler and a few others.

    Compared to regular WAV samples, sound fonts are noticably smaller in size.

    Back on the main topic tho, I dont actually use any hardware now, everything is done in Logic Audio with VSTi's and Akai sample disks. I use a Hoontech 24bit/96 khz Audio card. I get 3 ms latency with ASIO drivers.

    Beats the hell out of any sound card Ive ever heard.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2002

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