Looking to buy a new soundcard to serve Renoise and my recording requirements. I currently suffer with a card that has a -72db noise bed - so whenever I record vox or guitars I have to contend with noise. I want a card with ASIO support, and no or very little noise on the recording channel.
Obviously I could fork out for a $20000 card, but I simply don’t have the money. Under $1000 would be good, but under $500 would be even better, of course.
All my friends say ‘get an Audigy’, but I figured that would be too obvious.
The E-MU cards are one of the best you can get. And they are very cheap. If you do a lot of recording the ‘M’ cards (emu 1820m and 1212m) have very good A/D converters, -120db effectively! (the same converters as protools have). Dont get fooled by the price. Highly recommended.
It is actually a very clean sounding card, but the drivers are just horrible.
Until the latest version (a couple of years ago), it for example had a problem when fast forwarding audio streams: after fast forwarding, the samplerate halved…
By the way, I think that some of Terratec people was involved with making of BUZZ, the freeware modular “tracker”: in the software bundle there is BUZZ, and it is widely mentioned in the manual as something of which the makers of EWX are proud of.
Thank you for that gentlemen… The E-MU is looking pretty nice at this stage. However if anyone else has recommendations to share I’m still interested to hear more Bring it on, as the Renoise installer says…
Well a PCI card would be good to start, like the EMU. Some of thoes I/O interfaces look amazing. I’m still in the dark ages when it comes to soundcards, still using an CreativeSB128, noisy as hell and no ASIO.
Having DSPs and many inputs would be handy, but not critical. Low noise and latency are critical. When the Renoise Devs make a mulitchannel live-record option I’ll only ever need multiple I/Os then. Oh what a day that will be!
Thanks for the AMD recommendation. I’m planing to build the PC hardward into an Antec Sonata, a cheep way to get rid of fan noise without buying long cables.
Oh and if I had the dosh I’d get that Fireface 800… drrooolll…
If u hate fan noise then u get a silent PSU as well, but a.f.a.I.remember it’s included in Sonata. If u are on a limited budget I would first put my money on good monitor, keyboard, mouse, case and PSU, cause they are the most lasting part of the system and the human interface and display devices are what you are staring/operating all the time, so they play a very big role in usability comfort.
EMU is good for you I think. Cannot know for sure, but I think it would be good to almost any homesound-tweakhead.
EMU has DSP and maybe will have a possibility to use it’s DSP processor for VST effects in the future. There was some topic about it, but I’m too lazy to dig it up.
There’s something. Hope this gives some perspective.
I do have an Terratec Ews 88Mt. It’s a nice card, but the drivers are - as aforementioned - kinda weird. It happens quite often that an Application Crash renders the driver unusuable until System reboot. Even worse, though, is the fact that i sometimes have Audio Dropouts (or similar Problems) although the Cpu Usage is only at 20%. Wouldn’t recommend this one…