#1
Well, is it internal to your computer (either laptop, desktop or whatever) or is it external?

Internal devices are called sound cards.

External devices are called audio interfaces.


Just thought everyone would like to know, seeing as even manufacturers get it wrong sometimes!
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#2
Call me sceptical. But this is a little pointless....

People will mostly likely see the product before they buy it, they'll know it it's internal or external. The naming of said-product is a minor technicallilty,

EDIT - Even if they don't see it, for exampke if you're buying online. It should say if it's an interface or a soundcard anyway.
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#3
so is it the same concept as saying tremolo/whammy?
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so is it the same concept as saying tremolo/whammy?


Tremolo, if I remember correctly, has pretty much nothing to do with a whammy bar or whammy pedal. Tremolo is like, when the volume oscillates, going quiet/silent, and then loud, and so on.

Like in the intro to Boulvevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. (I know, they're not an amazing band. Don't hate me for liking one or two songs by them .)
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Tremolo, if I remember correctly, has pretty much nothing to do with a whammy bar or whammy pedal. Tremolo is like, when the volume oscillates, going quiet/silent, and then loud, and so on.

Like in the intro to Boulvevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. (I know, they're not an amazing band. Don't hate me for liking one or two songs by them .)



that's what i'm saying. as much as an idiot called leo fender named it a "tremolo" it's not a ****ing tremolo
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#6
the way i see it, an interface is a (usually) external device that is intended to provide the extensive connectivity, quality preamps and quality A/D and D/A conversion necessary for recording.

a soundcard is usually intended primarily as a playback device, and is a more generic term for all the cheap devices that are packaged with computers and also the "high-end" gaming soundcards.

one deals with sound, and (ideally) has a ****load of preamps, line ins and outs, adat in and out, several headphone outs and phantom power. all optimized for serious recording and studio use.

the other just deals with sound.

though i concede that with the lower-end 2-in/2-out interfaces, the lines are blurred somewhat.
#7
The only reason I posted it was because there's a thread knocking around here somewhere with at least 4 or 5 people unsure. Assumed everybody else might want to know.

I find the lines are most blurred where sound cards have external break out boxes..
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I find the lines are most blurred where sound cards have external break out boxes..


i hear ya, thats why i reckon the definition lies with the intended purpose of the device.