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post #1 of 16
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Hi all biggrin.gif

I was looking for a soundcard for music production, actually i have onboard audio and audio quality sucks in fl studio...

i can't spend too much money... so i'm looking for something "decent"

Is Asus Xonar DX good enough?

thanks

PS: Sorry for my bad english thumb.gif
post #2 of 16
I use a midi controller for FL Studio, so i opt'd for a pci-e based Creative E-MU card. USB midi controllers are slow from my experience. If you dont want / need a controller at all, then a somewhat decent sound card of any type should work.

I got this...

http://www.creative.com/emu/products/product.aspx?category=505&pid=20022
Edited by SwishaMane - 4/4/13 at 11:38am
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I don't recommend the Asus Xonar DX for audio production. Bad ASIO and latency. If it is an internal sound card what you want, look for one of those old X-Fi Titanium (the one that came in a green-ish box). Even the guys at Image Line recommend it, as they say it has pretty good ASIO drivers, and once tweaked (in the drivers), it can deliver very good results.

That said, I would still recommend an "audio interface" instead, a dedicated external sound card with ASIO drivers especifically designed for music production. One that is excellent, and I am using right now with my FL Studio...is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Excellent little USB 2.0 audio interface, flawless performance, very good audio quality, both for output and input, as it has very good Focusrite preamps...and very affordable. Much better than an audio card...it gets you to the next level, as it allows you to record if you one day choose to do so, with professional results. And that without the hassle of having to "tweak" the card to adapt it to an usable music production tool.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlett2i2
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post #4 of 16
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first thx for fast answers smile.gif

so should i buy an audio interface instead of a sound card?

do you highly recommend me it? i'm not a pro producer biggrin.gif

are they difficult to set up?

which are the best brands??


thanks!!
post #5 of 16
Definitely an audio interface, yeah. Less hassle. Designed for music production.

So, you're not a pro producer, but maybe some day you will. Anyway, always try to get the right tools for the job.

The 2i2 I recommended to you is soooooo easy to set up. It is amazingly simple. Just installing the USB 2.0 ASIO driver, connect the interface to the USB port, fire up FL Studio, set it to use Focusrite ASIO driver in FL's audio settings, maybe adjusting the buffer until you get good latency with the least amount of underruns...and you're good to go.

Absolute best brands would be the RME (I had a RME Babyface and it was amazing), and maybe the Avid (the Pro Tools company...) ones. But they're in the super pro tier of audio interfaces, so you can already imagine the cost.
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post #6 of 16
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and what about headphones? should i buy a good pair? i currently have low headphones (senn. 202hd) are they enough? rolleyes.gif
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Indeed, you want a good pair, definitely. I won't talk about monitor speakers because that is another large story.

Get a good pair of monitor headphones, like the Sennheiser 280 Pro...or better...the Audio Technica ATH M50s or AKG K 702. I use the Audio Technica's. They're excellent "monitor" headphones, special for music production. That means they are as "uncolored" as possible, which means they tend to be as balanced or flat as possible in the frequency response. You want headphones which can reproduce all the frequencies present in sound with balance, not "coloring" in a range of frequencies (such as those headphones that have too much bass...or treble...or whatever), so you ensure that whatever you mix or produce, will sound as good as it can in a wide range of consumer speakers or headphones.
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Definitely get yourself a USB or firewire audio interface. I have the M-Audio FastTrack Pro that has done me well. And eventually you will want some monitors, but for now if you are using headphones, be sure to test your productions on as wide a variety of systems/speakers as possible, because the headphones (if they are not specifically studio monitor headphones) will color the sound and freq. response so you end up making stuff that is way too bassy or treble-y.
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I use a miditech audiolink II for my music production needs. Its a entry level USB audio interface and it IMO pretty good. Its stereo only but the sound is very good and the integrated phantom power mic support is a nice feature. Its supports ASIO and other low latency drivers and does so admirably. I can use it to play midi keyboards and there is no noticeable delay.

The audiolink II is out of production now so you will probably have better luck finding the newer audiolink III. I have not used one my self but its probably every bit as good as my II and it has more inputs. Its also a bit more expensive but still affordable (52€ --> $67).

http://www.thomann.de/gb/miditech_audiolink_iii.htm
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post #10 of 16
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the problem is that setup is expensive for me, do you know another cheaper combination?

anyway i will take a look... thanks for your tips
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