#1
So me and a friend have been "building" a desktop for me and we have yet to decide on a sound card because I've been told I'll need a good one for recording. So what exactly should I look for in a sound card for recording? Thanks.

Edit: Oh and having a desktop is much better for recording, right? Or is a laptop the way to go for the portability?
I know there's a computer thread but nobody ever uses it anymore. Sorry if I shouldn't have made this thread.
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Last edited by Rawshik at Jan 9, 2012,
#3
The computer thread gets used if it gets bumped with a question. I see it on the first page all the time.

You'd be better off asking in the recordings forum, though.

Maybe.
#4
Desktop over laptop because you want a faster hard drive which will kill your battery life.
As for sound card: You'll generally want an external interface as mentioned; so I'm not really sure how much of a difference it will make
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#5
Should I post this in the recording section instead? And so the sound card isn't that important if you have an external audio interface? And by external audio interface you mean a mixer like this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/yamaha-mg102c-10-input-stereo-mixer-with-compression or something like this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/presonus-audiobox-usb-2x2-usb-recording-system ?
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#6
Quote by Rawshik
Should I post this in the recording section instead? And so the sound card isn't that important if you have an external audio interface? And by external audio interface you mean a mixer like this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/yamaha-mg102c-10-input-stereo-mixer-with-compression or something like this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/presonus-audiobox-usb-2x2-usb-recording-system ?


I have the yamaha mixer and it is awesome!

for the soundcard I recommend the m'audio fast track pro
#8
Quote by Rawshik
Should I post this in the recording section instead? And so the sound card isn't that important if you have an external audio interface? And by external audio interface you mean a mixer like this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/yamaha-mg102c-10-input-stereo-mixer-with-compression or something like this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/presonus-audiobox-usb-2x2-usb-recording-system ?

Don't make a new thread there straight away. Either they'll have a big thread stickied for questions like this or just PM a mod to move this one.
#10
Looks like that pro tools thing is only for mac.

No one answered my question. Is an external audio interface like a mixer or the box thingy I posted?

And I'll pm a mod to move it. Thanks.
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#11
The second one.

If the mixer you posted also has a USB output then maybe it also has an interface, but who knows. The second one is definitely an interface.
#12
So then I won't need a fancy soundcard and just one of those? And then what is a mixer used for in recording? Plug it into the interface?
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Last edited by Rawshik at Jan 9, 2012,
#13
Quote by dr_shred
http://www.avid.com/US/products/Pro-Tools-HDX

I recommend going with this, you will have an integrated version of pro tools and an excellent soundcard.

Sure, for like 10 grand

I would NOT recommend you go with Pro Tools HD, even if you had the money. Avid is known to screw their customers with new releases, which is quite evident with the new HDX cards and Pro Tools 10. The only reason most pro studios still use Pro Tools, is because they've already invested too much money in their systems to go back now. Programs like Logic and Cubase are more than capable of doing everything Pro Tools does, and in a lot of cases, even more, for much less money.

Quote by Rawshik
So then I won't need a fancy soundcard and just one of those? And then what is a mixer used for in recording? Plug it into the interface?

Mixers really aren't needed in recording anymore. Most everything is digital now, and buying an analogue mixer is a waste of money, unless you have a lot of cash to spend on a setup that will allow you enough I/O to insert each mic input on a different track in your DAW. You really only see boards in very expensive professional studios, who have thousands of dollars invested in converters to use their analogue boards in the digital realm.

What you're looking for is something similar to the Presonus interface you linked. Your computer's internal sound card will make no difference, and I'd just suggest you go with the cheapest one you can find, or stick with the integrated audio of your motherboard, the interface will bypass it anyway. Check into the Focusrite Saffire 6 on eBay, you should be able to get a brand new one from an authorized dealer for about the price of that Presonus, and the preamps and conversion are the best in its price range.
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#14
Thank you!!! Helped so much. One last question, on those interfaces I don't really see a 1/4 input but it says there is one. Where is it exactly?
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#15
Quote by Rawshik
Thank you!!! Helped so much. One last question, on those interfaces I don't really see a 1/4 input but it says there is one. Where is it exactly?

They're built into the center of the XLR (mic) inputs.
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#16
Oh I see. Thank you so much, everyone! Been a big help!
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