Discussion in 'Digital Audio & Recording' started by J.Bo, Mar 11, 2005.
What does everyone think is the best soundcard available at the moment???
For recording audio
Too broad a question. You must have some basic requirements - number of channels, sample rate, bit depth, midi capability, etc., etc..
You almost certainly have a budget in mind as well. If you haven't, you'd better start thinking about one, since 'the best', in whatever category you require, is going to be very expensive!
Lynx One is a sort of "top-of-the-middle" and should do most of what you need (or more). M-audio makes some less expensive models.
Here's a more comprehensive comparison on the Cakewalk site:
As a long-time LynxOne user, I'd recommend one of these cards without any reservations but, at around the $500 mark, they are considerably more expensive than most of the opposition and not too many people would want (or need) to spend that sort of money.
The link given by ZelRiptha is interesting, but not very revealing, it amounts to little more than a list of the better cards available and a repetition of their features. Much better is http://www.pcavtech.com, where a number of cards are really put through their paces and the results published - warts and all!
The only drawback is that some of the newer cards have not yet been tested. However, it will give you a very good idea of what sort of standards are being set by the various manufacturers (and it should finally convince everyone why the Soundblaster range is really not the best around when it comes to recording ausdio).
Edit: Fixed Graeme's link - the php HTMLizer munged in the comma. Nice link, BTW Graeme - thanks!!
Very nice link, Graeme. Thank you!
i've been using a sound blaster pro audigy for about two or three months now and it works great.
You and a lot of other people - but the question was about the 'best' - and for many reasons the Audigy doesn't qualify for that criteria, particularly in the audio department (which is what the original question was about).
Digidesign HD192 is a good starting point as far as the best goes.
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