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  • PRO sound card wanted!

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    Hi Sleepin' Deeper... I've heard good things about those (Lynx) cards, but I have not heard them yet. But in that price range, I'd definitely consider looking at a RME Hammerfall or some of the Frontier Designs cards, depending on what features I needed.

    Which leads to the question - what are you going to need insofar as I/O? Do you already have outboard converters or do you need those? Please tell us a bit more about your current setup and what you'd like to be able to do.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe
      Hi Sleepin' Deeper... I've heard good things about those (Lynx) cards, but I have not heard them yet. But in that price range, I'd definitely consider looking at a RME Hammerfall or some of the Frontier Designs cards, depending on what features I needed.

      Which leads to the question - what are you going to need insofar as I/O? Do you already have outboard converters or do you need those? Please tell us a bit more about your current setup and what you'd like to be able to do.


      Currently all my synths / mics go into my Allen & Heath Mix wizard 16ch. When I want to record audio into the computer (Cubase SX2), I use the aux sends in my mixer. I record one track at a time, so I really only need one stereo input on the soundcard.

      For monitoring, I also have a stereo out coming from the soundcard into my mixer. Would I get better audio quality if I were to forego the mixer entirely? I
      <div class="signaturecontainer">&quot;Fear: Won't keep you from dying but sure as hell keep you from living!&quot;<br />
      <br />
      How much wood could the wood slapper whack off jack if the wood jacker spank off could shaft wood?<br />
      <br />
      GEAR<br />
      <br />
      Gibson SG STD HC<br />
      Marshall JVM 205H<br />
      Clavia Nord Lead 2x<br />
      Roland SH 101<br />
      MacPro with Fireface 400 running Ableton Live 8<br />
      Effects 'n pedals 'n whatnot<br />
      Sometimes use of additional whatnot</div>

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      • #4
        i use lynx cards daily.. they sound great but the control panel can be a pain to use..

        i'd recomend RME 1st, then Lynx..
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        • #5
          Outboard converters? Sorry, though I
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          - George Carlin

          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #6
            I am driving a *MixWizard 16:2DX* into a pair of M-Audio *Delta-1010s*. It is a 5-year old design that I have been very happy with. I like the "out board converter" approach, since it keeps them out of the CPU and away from internal digital interference. The MixWizard's channel strips are very clean, for the price. I track a -96dB noise level off the Direct Outs. One of my favorite things is being able to record 16-channels live and driving only the channels I want to FOH.

            Even though the *Delta 1010* can be purchased around $430, I think there are better options available these days. The RME series is always highly touted. I have been eyeing the MOTU 24IO (around $1500), which would allow me to drive 16 channels off the MixWizard and still have 8 channels for DI stuff. The MOTU 2408mk3 has 8 analog channels for around $650. And, it has both ADAT lightpipe and Tascam TDIF digital connections. The older *mkII* had "dark" converters. But, these newer units sound much nicer.

            When I started multitracking, I couldn't imagine needing more than 2 channels. Then, I mic'd up a drum kit -- 7 channels. That's when I bought the second Delta!

            It all depends on what you want to do... and, what experiences you've had with certain brands. By the way, what is your PC like? I helped someone debug a problem that went down to his VIA'686B series motherboard.
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            • #7
              to be honest, the lynx converters are better than the rme's. i'd recommend the lynx with a good clock (the lucid's are still cheap) as an affordable solution that'll give you very good a/d/a conversion.


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              • #8
                I'm using a Lucid GENx6 for my master clock, and I've been very pleased with it.
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                "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                - George Carlin

                "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                • #9
                  big return on such a relatively small investment, wouldn't you say? it's amazing what an improvement a good clock makes.


                  ml
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                  • #10
                    question: I have a Lynx L22 and while i thinkit was a step up from my Delta 44 - i still believe there is room for improvement. this talk about clocks has me wondering. why would i need an external clock? can i use one with the L22? would it improve sound quality at all?

                    thanks for any help!

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