Soundcards and recording?

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  1. RollnROCK89

    RollnROCK89 New Member

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    Hey, I just picked up a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS soundcard for my computer for $80. Its supposed to be a great sound card for playing music (havent had a chance to install it yet), but i dont know how it is on recording. I've heard that if your doing recording and you want it to sound good, you dont want to use the mic in jack on the sound card (this is correct, right?) My question is that if I bought an external mic preamp for recording, would the sound card have much to do with the quality of the recording? Are their certain sound cards that are better for recording, or do they not really matter when you use an external mic preamp? Thanks.
     
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    Voxman Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm looking into the same things now, too!... :?
     
  3. idiotbear

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    The soundcard has a huuuuge bearing on the quality of recording. It's like the difference between using C90 cassette or DAT!

    That said, your Audigy should stand up well. They tend to be low-latency cards (meaning that you can overdub without a perceptible time lag), and they can deal with most stuff you can throw at them.

    Myself, I use a Terratec DMX Fire, which is excellent, but the Audigy should stand you in pretty good stead.

    Good luck!
     
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    i got a soundblaster live drive ir......and have never used it anywhere close to potencial!! tha dang thing has a remote control, midi, optical,..man this is stupid of me...i MUST get on it!! :x
     
  5. Lumbergh

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    i got a sound blaster live! and it holds it own in recording. sound quality is pretty good going directly from my headphone out of my amp to the line-in on the sound card.
     
  6. Guitar3dt

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    Soundblaster Live right here........I love it. LOVE IT!
     
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    skidshark Active Member

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    how's that blueshawk treatin ya 3dt? got any recordings of it?
     
  8. Guitar3dt

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    which one you talkin' about skids? the p90's?
     
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    skidshark Active Member

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    hmmm...hope i'm not mistaken here 3dt....is that a blueshawk in your avatar? yep the P90 mochine!!
     
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    nah skids, it's a PRS Tremonti SE.......


    I have a Silvertone SG with humbucker-sized Kent Armstrong P90's. I'll try an get an mp3 up today.

    Not feelin' to good today, so it probably won't be tonight, but soon.
     

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