johnson84
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Join date: Jun 2010
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#1
Hey,

I planning to setup a simple home recording environment and wondering about sound card for PC.
- for guitar I have Line 6 POD HD 500, which I connect through USB
- for drums and pads i use software, like FL studio, Hydrogen etc.
- for piano I am planning to buy external keyboard controller (midi)

I am not going to use any microphones or record other external instruments in parallel, all track will come from software and guitar line will come from line6 , so for such case does PC sound card matter ? Can you give me any advice ?
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Join date: Jan 2013
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#2
In this setup you described, the Line 6 pod will act as sound card, so the one inside your computer will not do much.

If you want something simpler/cheaper/more versatile you could just buy a general purpose audio interface instead of the pod, to be able to record more instruments at a time, and be able to record something with a microphones whenever you'll decide to.

Also, you don't necessarely need a keyboard to play piano and synths and stuff.
You can just draw the notes as you do with the drums, which may be more comfortable with you if you're not great at playing keyboard.

If you instead find yourself prefferring to buy a keyboard, I suggest you to buy something with drum pads too, like the M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini (32 keys, pads and knobs), or the Nektar Impact (49 keys, pads, knobs and faders) or the Novation Launchkey 61 (61 keys, more pads, more knobs, faders).
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#3
Not going to record vocals at all? Acoustic guitar?

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#4
I got an Alesis Io2. Cheap and effective, and I can get some great results with that and my SM57. I hope to get some better microphones for vocals, but in the mean time, it does a great job at everything. Here's something I put together with just the Alesis and the Sm57, about £150 or so worth of gear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMAfEETvA6w&feature=youtu.be

There's better gear out there, but if you're just starting, it's a good investment
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#6
If the sounds you're using are all in the computer already, except for the guitar, which you want to go straight to USB, then really, any stock or on-board sound card will be just fine. You're only using the outputs.

A lot of modern devices send midi through USB, or if you're a bit old school, you can get a $5 adapter that connects midi to the serial game controller on older sound cards. Or you can get a midi to USB adapter for about $15 or so.

That said, as soon as you actually want to "record" anything that otherwise goes into or through your sound card (ex a mic, or a DI), then all this changes.

Personally, I've never recorded a satisfactory guitar sound without at least some element of sound waves going into a microphone.

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Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
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