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i got a computer i think will work but know very little bout sound cards. what is a rather great card but for bout 150 to 250 in price. (I may be in the wrong area but im looking for something that is great for recording bands and music that i create.)
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Well if you are doing normal recording, which it seems that you are (no offense), then the perfect card for you would be the Creative X-fi...either the Fatal1ty or the Premium. It has optical in and out, Midi in and out, Mic in/Guitar, aux in and SPDIF in and out. It is a good card for your type of situation.

But if you want to get into high end recording you are looking at multiple in and out with preamps ans such. But to answer your question, go with the Creative cards, when you get up into higher end recording do not, I repeat do not use these sound cards because they aren't built for that.
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I would go with an audio interface like mbox and use pro-tools for your tracking. To record band's you are going to need a mixer/console, microphones. A bit more than $250 but stuff to think aboout
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i got a computer i think will work but know very little bout sound cards. what is a rather great card but for bout 150 to 250 in price. (I may be in the wrong area but im looking for something that is great for recording bands and music that i create.)
To echo one post already ...

If you want something acceptable and for your day to day idea/rough draft recording ... the creative cards are not that bad.

I've been using a Soundblaster Live! 5.1 card for multitrack recording for many years ... (although, I'll be upgrading soon)...

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Otherwise ... if you want something more hi end with better sound quality and with a much higher end ceiling for near professional hard drive recording ...

Then you might want to look at these:

M-Audio High-Definition 4-In/4-Out Audio Card Audiophile 192: http://www.directron.com/audiophle192.html

or ...

M-Audio Delta 1010LT 10 In/10 Out PCI Virtual Studio: http://www.directron.com/delta1010lt.html

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But again ... as someone who has recorded multi track to hard drive for over a decade ... and more importantly, as someone who simply wants to get some ideas down for later higher end (1" tape, studio) production ... I've been totally satisfied with a simple and rather old Soundblaster Live! 5.1 card ...



Here's some stuff at soundclick.com that I've done over the past 4 years or so; all of this was done with Sony Vegas and a Soundblaster 5.1: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandid=430932

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