We have been getting some nice results from the Edirol FireWire AudioCapture FA-101 external soundcard.
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>>I am seeking advice on the best sound cards for PCs for both
>>The primary requirement is S/N on input and output. I know that
>>Turtle Beach was a favorite, but I don't know what's best today.
>>Thanks -- Keith
>One nice option is to skip internal sound cards and use a firewire
>USB interface. This means you can move the
>recording interface easily. For music creation this seems to have
>almost (though not quite!) entirely replaced PCI cards.
>You could look at the Motu 828 if you need lots of I/O. That's what
>we're using. Also some McGill folks us it.
>A smaller popular unit is the MAudio Firewire 410.
>Also for USB there are many options. The Edirol UA-25 is ok.
>Sweetwater's website is informative: www.sweetwater.com. Then
>"motu 828" and "firewire 410" etc...
>In any case, the quality of gear is very good right now. There's
>an explosion in home music recording thanks to good sequencing
>software. This has forced manufacturers to offer good low-end
>"prosumer" gear. (A soundcard with good S/N and hi quality mic
>is no longer
>something exotic.) Specs should be available online (S/N etc.)
>PS If you happen to be an Apple user, they seem to recommend the
>M-Audio boxes (or maybe it's just a marketing agreement):