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post #1 of 5
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Hi guys & Gals!

Well... there is an oft-asked question here on OCN (yes, I know that there are many!) which is this (or similarly worded):

Common-question: "I play games, listen to music and watch DVD on my rig - which is best for me... a soundcard (like a creative) or one-of-those-external-cards-that-musicians-use? Also, some cr@ppy logitech spkrs or some studio-monitors?"


I would answer that Q thus:
Well, I have a Creative XFi in my rig, and an external (ASIO, Ultra-Low-Latency, 24/96 Studio Recording Card) which I use when writing music (Cubase) - Also, I have some quite sexy Cakewalk MA15D Studio reference monitors..

Just a few minutes ago I finished recording some PHAT-BEATS! in Cubase and, atypically for me, didn't turn off my Studio-Card, and didn't switch to my desktop speakers.
I went straight to the iPlayer (BBC streaming player) to watch a re-run of QI and...
****! the sound clarity and quality was Mind-Numbingly-Good! Even with a crappy Web-Stream from BBC (well.. not crappy... but certainly not FLAC, lol)

I was BLOWN away!

I mean... I know how good the card+monitors are for laying down music, but... crikey!


Long and the short of it is: I guess I will be purchasing ANOTHER set of Cakes, but will stick with the one-soundcard(Studio) until I can afford another... I would like my Studio-card to be for recording only, so, the second can be for Vids!


Hope that that made sense!
Edited by newphase - 1/21/11 at 12:55pm
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post #2 of 5
ummm......
You know studio monitors are meant to be high quality, why would you not use them to listen to music?

and im not really sure what exactly you are asking.
post #3 of 5
your asking if you should use high quality stuff because you like the sound of it?

yes?
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post #4 of 5
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Lol...
no to both of you.
I am fully aware that my studio card+monitors are incredible.

What I was trying to convey is an answer to the question which is often asked here... and my answer would be:
Get a good studio card, and, get some good studio monitors.


Sorry if that was no as clear as could be in my post... getting over an evil head-cold atm


So... rather than ASKING
I am attempting to answer... y'know... for those who ask the Q.

I'll either edit to make it more clear, or, more likely I'll fall asleep lol!
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So, my point would be(in summary):

1) If you are undecided - buy a decent studio-card (heck... even an average one is way better than anything Creative can offer... (if you ever feel like making music you will have "the goods" right there already!) and,
2) Buy a nice set of Studio Reference Monitors (maybe shell-out £100 - £200) and wave goodbye to crappy PC speakers!
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