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hifi computer audio setup for music production

post #1 of 15
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Since it is for music production, precision/details are extremely important. My friend does not want something that makes any song sound good, because that defeats the purpose lol.

I heard DAC may be best for music purpose, but then DAC needs a great sound card to transport the signal (to ensure no compromise in quality). So do we need good sound card AND a great DAC? I do not think an average sound card would do the job as good. Please list your suggestions.

Please suggest speakers (keeping in mind we do not want something that makes every thing sound good). We will probably buy second hand speakers, because first hand may be unnecessarily pricey. Does it sound silly to use hifi headphones in the meanwhile?

I know it could be a repost, but based on what you suggest, I may ask more questions. Budget is intentionally omitted, if you want you can post two options: absolute hifi setup and budget hifi setup (but former is preferred).

Also, feel free to post links for us to read. We do not mind reading technical stuff at all.

EDIT:For now, you could assume 5-10k budget (for the entire setup). (We will probably be getting used speakers and maybe even used DAC/sound card, so please do not be afraid to list some setup around 15k either, if you know what I mean.)
Edited by todo - 5/26/11 at 1:36pm
post #2 of 15
Good links:

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-products.html

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-speakers.html

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...aker-amps.html

They should give you a bit of an idea.
post #3 of 15
First of all, it's really not possible to recommend something like this without a budget. The price range for products like these is so great that I could be here for hours recommending different options in different ranges. If you can at least give us a general idea it would be greatly appreciated

You won't need both a soundcard and a DAC, they are both DACs, just one is external and one is internal. Will you be doing recording directly to the PC or simply using it for playback and editing of already recorded material? This is key when looking at what features you would need in a soundcard/DAC.

For speakers, you're going to want active studio monitors. There's too many to recommend without a concrete budget.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
First of all, it's really not possible to recommend something like this without a budget. The price range for products like these is so great that I could be here for hours recommending different options in different ranges. If you can at least give us a general idea it would be greatly appreciated

You won't need both a soundcard and a DAC, they are both DACs, just one is external and one is internal. Will you be doing recording directly to the PC or simply using it for playback and editing of already recorded material? This is key when looking at what features you would need in a soundcard/DAC.

For speakers, you're going to want active studio monitors. There's too many to recommend without a concrete budget.
I was afraid I would get a response like this, and the response makes total sense. It is just that we are collecting information at the moment, and we we wanted to keep top-notch products on file even if we are unable to go ahead with them presently.

Anyway, please see the first post for budget details, which I am going to edit to include some raw figures you would work with.
Edited by todo - 5/26/11 at 1:35pm
post #5 of 15
Alright, that makes it much easier, thanks

Now, are you going to be doing actual recording through the system or is it solely for playback?
post #6 of 15
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Alright, that makes it much easier, thanks

Now, are you going to be doing actual recording through the system or is it solely for playback?
If we could record through the system without any compromise on quality, that would be GREAT!
post #7 of 15
Alright one last question - are you looking solely at speaker setup, or a speaker setup + headphone setup?
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
Alright one last question - are you looking solely at speaker setup, or a speaker setup + headphone setup?
speaker setup + headphone setup would be sweet. (headphone's sole purpose would be for music production as well)
post #9 of 15
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also, when you list any setup(s), please do mention your reason(s) if possible, and how something like music production would benefit from it (feel free to post links, I do not want to make you type so much).
post #10 of 15
So your budget is just for speakers + headphones or does this include all your recording gear? Because you say "entire setup."
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