Recording card for newbies

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Member Since: Apr 25, 2005

Seriously all I've done all morning is read through this forum. It's been too long since I was here...I love this place.
With that said, I tried to find an answer to my question and everything was either from 3 years ago (when products and prices were different) or not totally applicable to my situation.

I only do single track recording - almost always vocal or orchestral type instrument (piano, keyboard, trumpet, flute, etc). I'm looking to get a cheap, decent sound card. I (foolishly) bought a SB audigy 2 zs card, before reading all morning here that it was a waste...(but would it work for my simple needs?) I'm using a UB802 mixer and cakewalk pro audio 9 w/ winXP. The PC is up to par - P4, 2.5 Ghz, 512 ram, so that shouldn't be an issue. Mics are the good ol' sm 57, akg c1000s, and a rode nt-1 potentially on the way (not used all at once obviously). So the mics are decent's sound card upgrade time.

I've been reading that the M-audio cards are solid, but I really don't have $200-$400 to spend right now - more like $100 (poor uni student). Would something like the Revolution 7.1 be decent for recording? Or any other suggestions (of other companies too) would be great as well. Just something pretty simple. My needs are basic - like I said above.
Thanks much all.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 09, 2006 01:01 pm

The M-Audio Audiophile would be perfect for your situation, and you can get it most anywhere for $100 www.homerecordingconnecti...Audiophile+2496

baddabing, baddaboom, how easy is that?

It's great for one off tracking (it's what I do too) you already have a mixer for preamps and the software (old though it may be) and the audiophile comes with other, maybe newer software as well.

That is my suggestion.

Since: Apr 25, 2005

Feb 09, 2006 01:05 pm

Wow talk about lightning fast replies. dB you seem to be the top dog around here. I seriously take anything you say as golden. So I'm going to look at the 2496.

One question though. The only other thing I do is some recording with my sony mini disc, which has a 1/8 cable to connect to the computer (that I've been using to this point). Can I just adapt the RCA easily to fit this need? It seems simple enough to do, but I thought I'd ask to be sure.
Thanks again.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 09, 2006 01:55 pm

Well, I dunno about "top dog" but yeah, I own the site, but that doesn't mean I know anything other than how to build a web site.

But thanks for feeding my already bloated ego just the same :-)

Yeah, just adapt the 1/8" to dual RCA's, that'll work...

Since: Apr 11, 2005

Feb 12, 2006 06:44 pm

I have to agree. I found this site towards the end of 2005 and asked the same question. A couple of months back I got the 2496. I had a couple of teething problems which were all down to my inexperience and/or stupidity, but now it`s sorted and I`m at last recording.
I`ve been using a couple of free progs; Audacity and Krystal, and also have Cakewalk Pro Audio 8 and Soundforge 6. I`d love to upgrade the software but can`t afford it yet, but I`m beginning to make some acceptable choons finally :D
If you get the 2496 you won`t be sorry.

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