4 Channel Sound Card?
Aug 27, 2008 at 3:54pm
4 Channel Sound Card?
Hello, this doesn’t directly pertain to Max, but it does pertain to making/playing music so I thought the good people of this forum would still be able to help out.
I’m in the process of building a patch for live sets and have recently realized the importance of having 4 audio channels to be able to audition components of the mix before introducing them to the set. I know nothing about sound cards and was hoping people here could help me out w/ advice, suggestions, etc.
Right now, I’m just using the Core Audio soundcard that came with my Mac ProBook, OS X 10.4.11. I’ve done a little bit of browsing, and understand that there’s external and internal soundcards. What’s the difference exactly? Will an external sound card allow me to plug directly into a monitor system, or will I need another box (mixer?) to do that? Or does it depend on the sound card?
Pretty much, I’ve been composing electronic music for a little over a year, but haven’t played any live shows so know nothing about how a live setup works, just that I will need to A) Audition material through headphones before bringing it into the mix, and B)Connect to a stereo system.
Aug 27, 2008 at 4:58pm
Look at the Presonus Firebox. Inexpensive, reliable. 4 in, 6 out. Good
On 27 Aug 2008, at 16:54, Kyle Kaplan wrote:
Aug 27, 2008 at 5:29pm
I know this seems a bit more expensive, but also have a look at the MOTU 828 mk3.
This has 8 physical ins and outs, also you can add on ADAT and SPDIF, also has 2 more inserts in the front of the rack.
It also has DSP effects and can be used as a separate mixer without having to connect to a computer. The connect to the computer is by firwire and also can be daisy chained with another 828
I had a MK2, and have just ordered an MK3 and i cant wait.
Motu are amazing with interfaces, but are more strong with OS X than PC. Because PC’s are always changing with all its updates.
Its worth having a look
Im not saying you should just go for this. But for the money and the extras that are with it, it is impossible to not take it. Thats why i love the Motu, it gives me everything.
You should have a try of one, and do some reading on it, pretty much everywhere swears by them
Aug 27, 2008 at 5:38pm
internal are to put INSIDE of a computer – you can not do this on a macbook pro
>Will an external sound card allow me to plug directly into a monitor
depends – To be able to plug a sound card directly ina sound system
cheaper sound cards will have unbalanced outs (on jacks or RCA) – and
(I use RME sound cards – expensive but very good – and yes, I like to
Aug 27, 2008 at 7:14pm
thanks for the bits of wisdom. looking over these options, ill probably go with the PreSonus since I’m a poor student, but it’s good to know the kind of quality out there. Both the MOTU and the RME look pretty slick.
Aug 28, 2008 at 5:00am
Yeah, the PreSonus is very nice for the price.
I myself and a poor worker, its taken me a while to save up for my MK3.
You wont be disappointed
Aug 28, 2008 at 7:04pm
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