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Old enough not to know better
Jul 9th, 2015 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am sorta upgrading my studio. I record on my trusty ole Boss BR1600 because I can do the entire band at once (then redo tracks later).I just don't like to mix and master on it so I push it up to my DAW. I just purchased a pair of JBL 305 monitors. I had been using my home stereo system with mixed results. I am asking for soundcard recommendations for this purpose. I will not be recording straight into the DAW, just mix, master, playback. My band is starting to jell and getting more serious about getting some stuff down. My PC is good nuff: W7, AMD 8 core, 16GB Ram, 3 320GB SSD's in raid 5 and I have a 1TB USB3 external. The internal soundcard is digital built with a realtek chipset. Perhaps this is good enough? Thoughts? Thanks!!!

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Chicago, IL USA

Jul 9th, 2015 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I get pretty good results with a realtek chipset, but finding ASIO drivers to reduce lag can become a problem. I've used RME soundcards that had virtually zero lag with their drivers.

(This message was last edited by wnstardis at 08:38 PM, Jul 9th, 2015)



Old enough not to know better
Jul 9th, 2015 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks wnstardis, looked at rme, little to expensive for my blood. Other thoughts?

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Chicago, IL USA

Jul 10th, 2015 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow !

They **have** gotten expensive. I bought my old one for about $100.00 brand new from GC back around 2001. It was the one found in the link, but please note it does not have drivers for Windows 7 or above. After thinking it over, if you are just doing mixdown and mastering that realtek chip will do the job just fine. The only time you absolutely need zero latency is for simulsync type recording.

Keep It Simple Stupid, my bad bro!

Old RME Card **Do NOT buy it is no longer supported**

(This message was last edited by wnstardis at 09:09 AM, Jul 10th, 2015)



Old enough not to know better
Jul 10th, 2015 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

wnstardi again thanks! Im gonna go with what I have and see what happens. I have my PC set up to favor performance towards audio. Anything I add I will most likely do with plugins. Going to try and keep it all real from our band recordings though.

Coral Head

Sunshine State

Groupies needed
Jul 10th, 2015 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an M-Audio Delta 2496 card in a slot in the computer. Works well, no latency, cheap, not sure if they are still made.

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Chicago, IL USA

Jul 10th, 2015 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile  


I have pretty much the same computer (except i7 CPU) and I mix in the box. I import from an MX2424 using nTrack as my DAW software. I can have 24 + channels running with multiple effects on each channel and my CPU load is still under 2%. All the sound card does is play back the output, which is (in my case) 2 channels (stereo). You have more than enough horsepower under the hood to do what you want IMHO.

The realtek chipset is pretty darn good for playback in terms of resolution.

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