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Old 2010-01-13, 06:35
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Does sound card matter in .wav file creation?

Hi. This might be a newbie question.
When Reason engine takes your song and exports it to .wav file, does it matter if you have $5 sound card or $1,000,000 sound card? In other words: does "Export Song" uses sound card or is it a purely software function?
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Old 2010-01-13, 07:22
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I'm sure the experts here will post, but since we're both online at the moment I'll throw in my 2 cents worth. I haven't seen any threads/posts about the soundcard or any hardware being a factor in "Export Song to Audio File" creating the .wav or .aiff file being sent to your computer. I don't think it's any different than doing an LP (the "song") to a .wav - http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/ea.../overview.html
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Old 2010-01-13, 07:46
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Well, in your link it is different, if I understood it correctly, as it is taking an Analog signal and converts it to wav.
In Reason's case it is taking 0s and 1s and converts it to 0s and 1s (.rns file to .wav file) ...but does sound card matter?
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Old 2010-01-13, 07:55
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Hmm, I still think that it doesn't matter. The link also mentions converting "Internet radio". Let's see what the experts say!
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Old 2010-01-13, 08:22
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Exporting from Reason/record do not involve the soundcard.
The soundcard makes difference when you
A: Record stuff thru the card
B: Listening, better soundcard gives higher res or more accurate listening.
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Old 2010-01-13, 17:02
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Exporting from Reason/record do not involve the soundcard.
The soundcard makes difference when you
A: Record stuff thru the card
B: Listening, better soundcard gives higher res or more accurate listening.
This is absolutely correct. Where the soundcard really makes the difference is in the quality of any recorded audio material and maybe even more importantly.. what you are hearing when you monitor/listen. Since you are "sculpting the mix" when you listen and that final mix is what you will be exporting... a good soundcard with quality D/A (digital to analog) converters is going to give you the most accurate representation of what the audio will sound like when it is exported. A cheap soundcard can "color" the sound on playback... which can make you make decisions during the mixing/mastering stage that might be incorrect for the song.

So in short... try and get the best quality soundcard that you can afford... that being said... also get the best quality and most acoustically flat response monitors (speakers) that you can afford.

Those 2 components (speakers/monitors and soundcard) are usually the weakest link in any home studio.
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Old 2010-01-15, 00:47
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Absolutely correct what my previous posters wrote:
The sound card - or actually the driver - offers a buffer to write sample data. In order to play sound, you have to fill this buffer with samples which are then processed by the driver.

However if you just export a Reason project, the sound card is not involved. Instead of writing into the buffer of the sound card, the sample data is written into a file on your hard disc.
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Old 2010-01-15, 04:20
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But...Audio engine matters? (Reason's, Cubace's, and so on)?
So is there a difference in quality using Reason's export vs. using Ableton Live's export to wav ?
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Old 2010-01-15, 07:15
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But...Audio engine matters? (Reason's, Cubace's, and so on)?
So is there a difference in quality using Reason's export vs. using Ableton Live's export to wav ?
If you are exporting the same .wav files from Live, Cubase, Record or Reason without any fx, eq or compressors the sound from all DAWs will be identical.

So the "Audio Enginge" does not have a sound, it is more or less a pure mathematical process.
There is a theoretical difference between 32 and 64 bit summing but it is just a matter of rounding error which in practice is nothing you can hear.

So discussions about "audio engine" quality between DAWs is a myth.

However using FX etc means that you have processed the files and then the quality of the algorithms of the fx you used does matter. But from my perspective most EQ, compressors are more or less "pro" quality.
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