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Old 2013-01-16, 04:07
cstooch cstooch is offline
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Need soundcard advice

Hi guys,

My current setup:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 processor, 4GB ram
Windows 7 64bit
M-Audio Audiophile 2496

The music I produce is 100% produced electronically (i.e. Reason, and/or another DAW+VSTis and such.. no live instruments). I also have an M-Audio Axiom 49 MIDI Keyboard that I use.

This has normally been good for me in the DAWs I've used. The latency has typically been good, but there have been some things that irk me about it.

I've had the odd weird issue with this card lately too... the card stopped working in Cubase for a bit. It wouldn't recognize it at all. I did a bunch of things to get it working again, including uninstalling the driver, as well as rebooting. I eventually got it working, but I'm not even sure what it was. I also would occasionally get some really LOUD screetch noise/feedback from time to time in Cubase. As a guy that listens through headphones (no monitors yet), this is pretty crappy.

So I've had some volume issues, crackling issues.. soundcard not working at all issues.. lots of problems. I've decided I'd like to move on from this card. It might be a defective card, I dunno.. but I'd like to try something else.

So my question is... what is good? My price range is anywhere up to about $200, although around $100 range would be preferable. Again, I don't need to be able to hook up any devices to it for recording (aside from a mic to record voice, unrelated to music). I just need something that is good low latency.

I'm a little confused on the difference too between "audio interface" and "soundcard". Is an audio interface meant mainly for recording instruments?

Would a simple Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD cut it since I don't need to record any other devices? I know people bag on those cards, but I wonder if that is just because they aren't recommended for recording external devices like guitar, etc.

Anyways.. advice on a card, please!
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