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Hey, I've got a friend that wants a pc and he's asking me whether he should keep his actual sound card or if he should look for a new one. He's a musician, and he needs it ONLY to record.
He's using a M-Audio Delta 44, I have no clue how good it is and how it compares to the most recent professional sound cards.
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I reccomend the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series....this sound card is one below mine, and i used to have it....i thought it was a great sound card.....its $150 on their site, but probably cheaper on Amazon or Newegg.
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What your friend should be looking at is the ASUS Xonar Essence STX or ST. The Creative Titanium HD while nice is not as much of an audiophile card for music recording as a Xonar Essence. You can spend alot more than $200 for other cards, but I think The Xonar Essence ST/STX will be exactly what he is looking for. Very clean and crisp and I have it paired with a pair of M-Audios myself and the sound is very neutral which is what he should be looking for.
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how much is he willing to spend? i think what he needs to do is stay with an audio interface rather then an internal, the brands i recommend are E-MU, M-Audio, and Line6, i dont know how good the other brands are but i've heard one or two different devices from each of the brands i mentioned and they all seem to be good quality and of course will serve his purposes of recording intruments/mic as long as he already has software for the recording.
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Originally Posted by HumanPlow22 View Post
I reccomend the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series....this sound card is one below mine, and i used to have it....i thought it was a great sound card.....its $150 on their site, but probably cheaper on Amazon or Newegg.
dude what does the Fatal1ty has to do with Pro cards??????????

OP: we nee to know the budget and the I/O ports needed
    
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What your friend should be looking at is the ASUS Xonar Essence STX or ST. The Creative Titanium HD while nice is not as much of an audiophile card for music recording as a Xonar Essence. You can spend alot more than $200 for other cards, but I think The Xonar Essence ST/STX will be exactly what he is looking for. Very clean and crisp and I have it paired with a pair of M-Audios myself and the sound is very neutral which is what he should be looking for.
Depends on the nature of the OPs recording. The Xonar drivers are renowned for their latency, which is bad enough that you don't dare use it for recording if you want to do live monitoring.

Odds are ProTools and a USB interface are in the OPs future. To get a piece of hardware as capable in I/O as what the friend of the OP has now he'll be spending many hundreds of USD.
Edited by Skripka - 10/18/11 at 9:38am
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i personally think you're in the wrong forum to be asking this (try gearslutz.com and do a forum search), but ime, for recording, you can't go wrong with e-mus (PCI 1212m, 1616m, etc). i've also heard good things about m-audio's higher end line (mobile pre, audiophile 192, etc.). there's also the juli@ (google it). of course, this is only if you're on a budget. the real professional cards can cost up to 5 grand.

i wouldn't suggest getting any of the cards mentioned above, since you'd be paying primarily for things that have nothing to do with recording.
Edited by 9Chiba - 10/18/11 at 11:03am
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Thanks for the replies! Well 5 grands is a bit too much, but I think he'll have no problem shelling 3-4-500€
Since most of you are mentioning M-Audio as a good brand, how does his actual soundcard compare to the modern ones?
     
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