Right sound card for me

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Member Since: Feb 02, 2008

Getting a new desktop soon, and i really need a sound card. Can be PCI, Usb, or Firewire.

Important requirements: (At least)

8 Balanced Inputs, Very preferably all or mostly XLR (or even better and most preferably combo inputs)

Simultaneous recording of at least 8 analog channels

PREAMPS for all 8 inputs (yeah i don't really care if they're cheap at this stage, as long as they make things louder)

At least 4 channels with 48v phantom power

ASIO support (i use cubase 4)

all i can think of...

There are many other things that i would prefer, but as long as it has the things above it should be good.

Some of the ones i've been looking at are the Tascam US-1641 (cheapest option so far), Alesis io26 (or is it 24?), Presonus Firepod/Firestudio, etc.

But they are all out of my price range for the moment.

I was looking at the aardvark Q10 which is essentially everything i need at a great price, but they went out of production in what, 2003? I've only seen a couple, and haven't managed to grab any anyway.

Does anyone have any cheaper ideas?

Thanks guys,

- Novanium

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Sep 10, 2008 09:45 am

For what you're looking for, i think the tascam is the cheapest you'll find.

Myself, I use a ESP1010 with a yamaha mg16/4 mixer for preamps.

ESP1010 - 300
MG16/4 - 280

I like having the extra control of a mixer, as I have several different things I'm doing, but it's 200 more than the 1641.

If you have a mixer you could use for preamps, then a delta 1010lt is around 200$. It has 2 preamps, so you'd need the external preamps.

If you were going to pick something nice now and stick with it, check out the 8pre from MOTU. MOTU is a heavy hitter, so I'd be happy as a clam with that unit.

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