Sound card advice

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Nick, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Hi,

    Ok first off sorry for being a novice. I'm just after some starting
    advice.
    Basically, I want to make music by computer. I don't have much
    knowledge of hardware requirements. I want to

    A) Be able to record from my record decks onto the computer
    B) Connect to my Roland 303 and Akai S1000 (given to me by a friend so
    I don't yet know much about interfacing them)
    C) Output all to my stereo.

    That's basically it.
    My PC is an Athalon 2.6ghz with 1gb ram. I need to know what
    soundcards are to be recommended or simply, what do I need to ask for
    when shopping around for a sound card? As I say, I'm a novice when it
    comes to hardware of this type so any help would be much apprecited.

    Thanks
  2. Mike

    Mike Guest

    > Hi,
    >
    > Ok first off sorry for being a novice. I'm just after some starting
    > advice.
    > Basically, I want to make music by computer. I don't have much
    > knowledge of hardware requirements. I want to
    >
    > A) Be able to record from my record decks onto the computer
    > B) Connect to my Roland 303 and Akai S1000 (given to me by a friend so
    > I don't yet know much about interfacing them)
    > C) Output all to my stereo.
    >
    > That's basically it.
    > My PC is an Athalon 2.6ghz with 1gb ram. I need to know what
    > soundcards are to be recommended or simply, what do I need to ask for
    > when shopping around for a sound card? As I say, I'm a novice when it
    > comes to hardware of this type so any help would be much apprecited.


    Check out the sound cards by Creamware (www.creamware.com).

    I guess you want to record multiple outs (?) from the S1000 and mix these
    with the 303. In that case you need a card, which has multiple inputs, for
    example at least 4 inputs. If you buy a card, which has only stereo in, then
    you won't be able to record the S1000 in stereo *and* the 303 at the same
    time.

    Mikael Hillborg
    MHC Synthesizers and Effects
    http://www.mhc.se/software/plugins/
  3. JB Seattle

    JB Seattle Guest

    The Soundblaster Audigy is hard to beat at the price.
    You will need a nice small mixer so you can blend inputs if you want--the
    Mixum 10 by Midiman is ideal.
    You will also need nice USB multiport interface.
    You can get both the mixer and the USB interface from www.midiman.com and
    the Audigy just about anywhere or from www.creative.com .
    For software I would recommend Sonar by Cakewalk if you have the XP
    operating system.
    Creative makes the Extigy which is like the Audigy but for external hookup
    via USB but it does not have the Soundfont feature like the internal Audigy
    does. Soundfonts are rather awsome.
    I would also get the book from www.amazon.com Sonar Power by Scott Garrigus.
    I would stay away from more expensive systems like Pro Tools, etc--they are
    really integrated systems of hardware and software that can be a real pain
    in the ass to config on any particular machine not dedicated to just music
    and that system.
    JB

    "Nick" <nick.hall@figleaves.com> wrote in message
    news:bf06ecd7.0308190350.7dfa546c@posting.google.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > Ok first off sorry for being a novice. I'm just after some starting
    > advice.
    > Basically, I want to make music by computer. I don't have much
    > knowledge of hardware requirements. I want to
    >
    > A) Be able to record from my record decks onto the computer
    > B) Connect to my Roland 303 and Akai S1000 (given to me by a friend so
    > I don't yet know much about interfacing them)
    > C) Output all to my stereo.
    >
    > That's basically it.
    > My PC is an Athalon 2.6ghz with 1gb ram. I need to know what
    > soundcards are to be recommended or simply, what do I need to ask for
    > when shopping around for a sound card? As I say, I'm a novice when it
    > comes to hardware of this type so any help would be much apprecited.
    >
    > Thanks

  4. >The Soundblaster Audigy is hard to beat at the price.


    Unless you want to do multi-track audio sequencing. Or require more
    than one stereo input and/or output.

    It's a top domestic/gamers card. Off the bottom of the scale for
    multitrack audio work.

    CubaseFAQ page www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm
  5. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Thanks all for the advice. I was recommended the Terratec DMX 6 Fire
    card but I'll check out those other ones.
  6. John Haskey

    John Haskey Guest

    In article <3Ls0b.78$lw4.70@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net>,
    JB Seattle <shnoozle8@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >The Soundblaster Audigy is hard to beat at the price.


    >Soundfonts are rather awsome.


    Yes but the Audigy appears to be rather finicky. Playing MIDI files that
    require high polyphony with large soundfonts causes annoying clicks in the
    output that so far I have been unable to correct. Creative Support has
    suggested moving the card from slot to slot (and re-installing the drivers
    each time!!!) to see if the problem goes away. I haven't had the free day
    to try that yet. I'm underwhelmed at this point.

    ---john.
  7. Doc

    Doc Guest

    Laurence Payne <l@laurenceDELETEpayne.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in message news:<1vt4kvg3hbm5bl99bbajt2mgdusbab35mo@4ax.com>...
    > >The Soundblaster Audigy is hard to beat at the price.

    >
    > Unless you want to do multi-track audio sequencing. Or require more
    > than one stereo input and/or output.
    >
    > It's a top domestic/gamers card. Off the bottom of the scale for
    > multitrack audio work.


    There are likely many people like myself who don't currently have a
    need for multi-in and don't foresee such a need anytime soon. To buy
    multi-in hardware would truly be a waste of money when an Audigy or
    Soundblaster will do great.
  8. Doc

    Doc Guest

    johnh@panix.com (John Haskey) wrote in message news:<bi61ku$nq6$1@reader2.panix.com>...

    >
    > Yes but the Audigy appears to be rather finicky. Playing MIDI files that
    > require high polyphony with large soundfonts causes annoying clicks in the
    > output that so far I have been unable to correct.


    It's a problem with the drivers. There are alternate drivers out there.
  9. John Haskey

    John Haskey Guest

    In article <f0c1bc20.0308250355.30850878@posting.google.com>,
    Doc <docsavage20@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >johnh@panix.com (John Haskey) wrote in message
    >news:<bi61ku$nq6$1@reader2.panix.com>...
    >
    >>
    >> Yes but the Audigy appears to be rather finicky. Playing MIDI files that
    >> require high polyphony with large soundfonts causes annoying clicks in the
    >> output that so far I have been unable to correct.

    >
    >It's a problem with the drivers. There are alternate drivers out there.


    Where can I find these alternate drivers? Thanks for your information!

    ---john.
  10. Zandro

    Zandro New Member

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    Yes, please do further inform us of these alternate drivers! Those clicks drive me up the wall!
  11. John Haskey

    John Haskey Guest

    In article <Zandro.srxe7@spamfree.net>,
    Zandro <Zandro.srxe7@spamfree.net> wrote:
    >
    >John Haskey wrote:
    > Where can I find these alternate drivers? Thanks for your
    > information!
    >
    > ---john. *
    >
    >Yes, please do further inform us of these alternate drivers! Those
    >clicks drive me up the wall!
    >


    So I downloaded the 'KX' drivers last night and installed them. There
    were fewer clicks in the playback of large soundfonts with high polyphony.
    But!!! Periodically the voices changed on their own!!! What's with this?
    I went back to the Creative drivers while I try to figure out what's going
    on...
    ---john.
  12. Zandro

    Zandro New Member

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    Before I download anything... Are the "KX" drivers Win98-compatible?

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