#1
I've decided I'm going to upgrade my laptops sound hardware so I can record properly and make it worth my while investing in some proper equipment (Mics and such).

What should I be looking at. My lappy is an Acer Aspire 5720z.

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#2
Creative Xtreme XFi Music

under 200US.

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#3
Get proper recording interface. Look into USB and Firewire offering from M-Audio, PreSonus, Tascam, Makcie etc. Go to Musicians Friend and look in the recording section they have a whole area dedicated to recording interfaces.

-M-Audio's Fast Track Series
-PreSonus Inspre

You, should be able to pick one of these up for less than $200 and the sound quality will be above and beyond anything Creative has ever dreamed about bringing to market.

What budget do you have?

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#4
I think the PreSonus Inspire 1394 is a great unit however Acers normally dont have a firewire port, (my 5570Z doesnt at least) so you will want to get one of those cards for the slot on the laptop to add a firewire port.

If you simply want to stick with USB I suggest the EMU 0202 or 0404.
#5
I love my Emu-0404 but you have to buy a mic pre amp. I picked one up for around $29, the sound card is PCI and ran me about $99. Zero latency. Just a Thought if you are comfortable opening your computer up and if you have an open slot.
Quote by dubstar92
A few years a ago, I played with it alot and got my time down to 42 secs. Right now, I'm probably around a 55 sec average.
#6
The 0202 and 0404 have on board preamps....
and it's an external USB unit, not PCI

Any preamp under $600 wont show any noticeable improvement. The only thing you may get is a little more or less hiss when cranking the levels up really high.

For PCI interfaces, most dont have any good inputs or preamps (M-Audio 24296 for example) and in that case you need to run a preamp before it.
I still think outboard interfaces are the best way to go though.
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Quote by moody07747
The 0202 and 0404 have on board preamps....
and it's an external USB unit, not PCI

Any preamp under $600 wont show any noticeable improvement. The only thing you may get is a little more or less hiss when cranking the levels up really high.

For PCI interfaces, most dont have any good inputs or preamps (M-Audio 24296 for example) and in that case you need to run a preamp before it.
I still think outboard interfaces are the best way to go though.


That's weird cause this is what I have:

http://www.emu.com/products/product.asp?category=505&subcategory=491&product=10447

Looks pci to me and I remember installing it, and no it doesn't have a pre amp. Now then the usb version is a whole different monster and I don"t know much about it. what you are talking about is this one:

http://www.emu.com/products/product.asp?product=15185
Quote by dubstar92
A few years a ago, I played with it alot and got my time down to 42 secs. Right now, I'm probably around a 55 sec average.
Last edited by geeve420 at Aug 27, 2008,
#8
I was talking about the outboard USB units, what you have is the 0404 PCI and yes that needs preamps.
Loss of communication...haha

I actually forgot EMU had a PCI version, I should have stated that I Was talking about the USB version.
Last edited by moody07747 at Aug 29, 2008,
#9
Right on! I think we both missed what the other was saying . To clarify for the pre amp, I use mine really for the +20db gain and phantom power, but I could see were the USB version would be easier to use, depending of course on your set up I also realize he said laptop, ooooooops! my bad
Quote by dubstar92
A few years a ago, I played with it alot and got my time down to 42 secs. Right now, I'm probably around a 55 sec average.
Last edited by geeve420 at Aug 27, 2008,
#10
I use the Lexicon Omega, and external sound card, and love it.
#11
I suggest getting some external audio interface with a preamp. I'm using M-Audio FireWire 410 and I've got no complaints about it.