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Best Sound Card For Music Production ?

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I am currently in the middle of a new build for a friend and he has plans to create and mix music on the daily.

I have been using Creative sound cards over the years but i know there is probably better out there for what he is looking to do.

I need something that is going to create a really good listening experience when he has headphones plugged in which he will use primarily.

It does not need to have 7.1 capabilities or anything like that but must excel in headphone sound quality and perhaps any other features that might come in handy for him.

Any recommendations or advice is greatly appreciated!

As far as a budget lets keep it around $200.
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I also use Creative's E-MU 1212M and 1616M cards but seems for some reason they stopped making them. There are some alternatives like the Hammerfall cards but they cost much more than you want to spend. Here's one that will get the job done for half of what you are looking to spend. It will get you 24 bit/192kHz which is more than needed for a great mix.

http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-US41750-Audiophile-Hi-def-Card/dp/B00064ABSG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1363295773&sr=8-3&keywords=emu+sound+card

The Hammerfall is an industry standard card and you can't go wrong with it, but it is pricey!
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HDSP9632

Oh..whatever card you get make sure it's ASIO capable!
This will give the lowest latency for direct monitoring and plugins.

Good Luck,

LC
Edited by LCTech - 3/14/13 at 2:30pm
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as much as i hate to say it you cant go wrong with an mbox and the line 6 ux2 are very good. i had the emu 1616 and 1212 combo for a time but it just wasnt doing what i wanted it to so i got an eleven rack but since i never use pro tools in meaning towards a line6 ux1. (the ux1 is like 120 and the ux2 is 199)
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