[Rumori] computer help

matt davignon mattdavignon at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 10 15:34:03 PDT 2004

Hmmm... I recently "downgraded" from a 'professional' sound card (Gadget 
Labs Wave/4 - originally $200, now discontinued) to a SoundBlaster Live5.1 
(roughly $50), and have been pretty happy with it.

The Gadget Labs card was meant to be used only for pro-audio - it didn't 
work with pretty standard applications like playing cd's off the cd-rom 
drive or many video games. Now that I have a new computer with a 
SoundBlaster card, I haven't noticed any decrease in sound quality or 
abilities or anything.

I don't know much about digital pro-audio, but from my limited knowledge I'd 
suggest putting the $ towards some other part of your signal chain. If it 
were me, I'd buy a better 'mixer before the sound card'. I'm currently using 
my first 4-track cassette recorder as a mixer.

>From: Samuel Carey <discosammy at yahoo.com>
>I don't know if there are any gearheads on the list who'd like to share 
>some knowledge, but any help would be much appreciated.
>wondering if anyone can recommend a the best cheapeast sound card for a 
>very modest computer recording environment...
>i'd like to take a step up from the creative labs live and audigy cards, 
>but don't really know anything about specs.  i can compare things 
>relatively but wouldn't know good bench marks or anything like that...
>I aspire to work with midi as well as digital audio...(recording 1 track at 
>a time is plenty... i dont' know enough musicians to make multi-track more 
>than extravagance)should i approach these seperately or an all-in-one?
>any suggestions? I can sort through things such as which inputs i'd prefer. 
>Beyond those kind of intial questions, I don't know where to start.
>I can find a great reviews for just about anything but i'm not smart enough 
>to sort out the bombast and bullshit...
>again, any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.
>many thanks.

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