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One of the most stable configurations I had was a Delta 44 for audio and a Soundblaster Live card doing the midi in/out. It worked fine, no conflicts. USB midi interface was a nightmare though.
I had no problems with my delta 44 card - good resale value too - bought for 150 from turnkey, sold for 110 on ebay just recently...

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andrew

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mohahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar (evil laugh)

http://www.creamware.de/en/products/sfp/pp/default.asp

I got the power pulsar xmas pack... recommended highly (edited bit

*except it has rca's for it's analog inputs and outputs - really is a card for a digital setup, which i've gotta get into.. - aside from that, it's excellent, and has so many snyths and effects it would take half a life time to master em all!! - so i hope nobody expects me to take up golf anytime soon*)

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</div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Warwick Bassmonkey @ Jan 6 2004, 10:53 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> The old 20-bit Gina's crop up now and then too... 2 ins and 8 outs (plus SPDIF in/out) for about 80 quid... and they sound good... I've heard 'em plenty of times... I think most of us have even if we don't know it. :P
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Luv em.

I've got five 20 bit Ginas now - all sitting happily in the one machine.

The best bit is I paid £100 for each of them so I got 40 analogue outs and 10 analogue ins, plus 10 digital ins and outs - all for £500.

They sound great to my ears [Hallucinogen in Dub and Blumenkraft were done with them exclusively..] and are pretty much 100% bug free, owing to the fact that Echo Audio are STILL updating the drivers for them despite the fact that they are seven years old. An eternity in digital audio terms.

That in itself is a good reason to consider buying their stuff. I have a room full of bits and pieces, all in perfect working order but all unuseable cos the manufacturers have decided to stop supporting it after 9 months.

Thoroughly recommended, but you'll have to be quick cos I'm in the process of buying them all up.

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In terms of midi interfaces, the joystick port on a Soundblaster is probably the most solid and reliable way of getting midi in and out of a PC I have ever found.
 

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One of the best choices M-Audio Audiophile 2496



Applications Include:
• 24-bit 96 kHz multitrack recording
• MIDI recording and playback
• Digital transfers; Digital mastering
• LP/cassette-to-CD transfers
• Computer-based Home Theater systems
• Computer-based Hi-Fi systems
 

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yeah ive been using M-Audio for desktop stuff, but not entirely conviced of the AD converters which is why i ask Andrew why he got rid of it. Creamware is quality, EVP's card of choice also.
Im trying to get hold of an echo card for a lappy but the guys at the store tell me that with a Lappy FSB 800 you get nasty hi freq digital distortion, anyone know why that is??? coz they dont!
Anyone had any experience with a 'reasonably' cheap card for lappy?
 

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Im trying to get hold of an echo card for a lappy but the guys at the store tell me that with a Lappy FSB 800 you get nasty hi freq digital distortion, anyone know why that is??? coz they dont!
Is it a PCMCIA card? Remember Laptops have hardly any electro magnetic shielding and all the parts are VERY tightly packed together. I would have thought any internal card runs the risk of suffering interference from this. The average PC has the same problem (If I put my sound card by my graphics card i get some horrific noise for example) but the parts are spread out in the case that much better so it is less of an issue. I would have thought an external card would always be better as you seperate the sound device from the source of the interference ...
 

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yes goz, i do believe it is a pcmcia card. i think youre right, there is some kind of grounding device that you can buy to cancel the interference, but its a lot of soddin about.
i would very much like to use this echo card, it cheap and ive heard good things about them from the geezes on board.
laptop technology prob needs a while longer to sort these interference issues out, but godamn i need mine now!!
 
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PsYx

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U can never go wrong with M-AUDIO....
Just a great sound at a great price... :punk:
 
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</div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (~ed~ @ Jan 23 2004, 11:10 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> yea - well i just got me an m-audio audiophile 2496 and we aer both very happy together :P [/quote:7b504ae701]
Just purchased one - yet to use it though cos my CDRom has packed in... grrr
 

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ha just bought an echo indigo for the new addition to the corrective family > lappy (because im worth it!)

......but whoa there!! i hate to be the baringer of doom but while researching soundcards i did find some less than encouraging news about m-audio's driver support. check out the soundonsound forum echo vs m-audio for more info.

having said that ive been using a delta 66 without changing drivers for two/three years and had no probs.
 
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I can attest to Echo Audio's unbelieveable driver support. Like I said earlier, they are STILL updating the drivers for my Gina 20 cards [I have 5 now...] seven years after the card was first released.

Unrivalled I think.

I recently had to mothball [read: "discard"] 2 M-Audio 4x4 midi interfaces [£300 worth...] because M-Audio have decided not to write Win XP drivers for them.

Thanks guys.


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yeah i got a usb midisport 2x2, plug an play innit?
hopefully i can use it with xp????
 
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</div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Ott^ @ Jan 23 2004, 05:14 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> I recently had to mothball [read: "discard"] 2 M-Audio 4x4 midi interfaces [£300 worth...] because M-Audio have decided not to write Win XP drivers for them.

Thanks guys.


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Windows XP causes more problems than it solves. Discuss...
 
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