MOTU or EDA ? :)

Best ASIO/GSIF/24bit card (renoise friendly):

Mark Of The Unicorn or Echo Digital Audio ?
Or a big M-Audio Delta ? :)

what do you guys have, and what do you think of it ?

I use an Delta 1010, it sounded great, but my gfx-card broke, and I’ve replaced it with a very old pci-card .
Now I get noises and stuff that I can’t get rid of. It’s impossible. But problems will be solved when I’ve bought my next computer B)

I’ve read in Delta-forums that some people have problems with noise, and they cannot do anything about it, 'cause of their computer setups.

My advice to you: Find an audiocard that works best with different kind of “computer-setups”, to avoid possible noise-problems.

Btw, “life-time warranty” if you go for Delta :)

Thanks for the wise advice Tobias. I’ll be careful with that.

I already have computer with an Audiophile it’s a very cool card but I have little cracks and pops that I cannot do anything about too… I shuold try change the pci slot but I’m too lazy for now :)

Thanks for the reply man.

If you have a motherboard with the VIA KT133-chipset you will prbabbly have thouse pops and cracks no matter wich card you use. Then I suggest you rather buy a new mobo instead of a new audiocard.
The delta-seies shall work with any kind of setups. You can’t find any audiocard that works with bad PCI-traffic though.

I’m really tempted by the Layla24 from Echo digital Audio.
Has anyone ever used one this range of products ?

This looks very professional, easy to set-up and use. (this is for setting up an audio station at my company, this will include recording and composing music).

In fact, I’d need the fastest card possible when using lots of vsti and the GSIF driver, and Asio of course.

Is the power of your PC important compared to the audio card ?
This would be for running on a 2.8ghz p4 with 1gb of ram.

My heart hesitates between Delta 1010 and Layla 24… :rolleyes:

Somebody help me :)

Well… I think the layla has a headphone output on the rackmount unit, Delta hasn’t.

Seriously, I think both cards are great.

Basically, a powerful PC will make it possible to run lots of VST[i] and stay stable, a good audiocard will make it possible to keep a low latency and doesn’t add (much) noise to the output or recording. It’s the computer CPU who runs the plugins, the audiocard only handles in/outputting the resulting sound.

(there are audiocards with special DSP capabilities, like creamware or oasys, but that’s off topic here)

The power of the computer is much more important that wich card you are using.
As faster processor as more VST/VSTi’s you can use at the same time, and as more memory you have as more sounds you can load into memory etc.
Almost everything is processed by the computers processor, the audio-cards main purpose is to handle a realtime audiostream…