sound card recommendations (Lorenzo Picinali )

Subject: sound card recommendations
From:    Lorenzo Picinali  <LPicinali@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:03:31 +0000

Dear Josh, there are lots of options, and they mainly depend on how much you want to spend. In general, I'd prefer to have an external interface (USB and/or Firewire) with the following characteristics: -Digitally controlled headphone amplifier and microphone preamplifiers (this would allow for perfectly repeatable levels) -A SNR higher than 100 dBA RME (Digiface and Fireface) are very good, and allow very accurate calibrations (e.g. changing sample rate outside the standard values of 44.100, 48.000, 96.000...), and also MOTU (828, Traveller) are very good, but these are mainly multichannel models, with 8+ in and out channels with DA and AD converters, might not be useful for you to have so many channels (even the future you might need never know...). Apogee DUET is a smaller interface...not too cheap (about 350 pounds) but the converters are very good...there is also a smaller version called ONE, which is half price and has anyway a stereo headphones output. After these, there are many other cheaper interfaces from brands such as Presonus, M-Audio, Focusrite...I'd say that they are all said before, I'd just go for an interface with digitally controlled headphones output level, and not with a standard analogue knob, which makes it impossible to re-calibrate the levels in the same way in different sessions. I hope it helps! Yours Lorenzo -- Dr. Lorenzo Picinali Senior Lecturer in Music/Audio Technology Faculty of Technology De Montfort University, The Gateway Leicester, LE1 9BH lpicinali@xxxxxxxx Tel 0116 207 8051

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