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glowing789
post Apr 3 2012, 21:04
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Hi everyone, first post, hope its in the right place.

Wondering if anyone could give me some advice on which sound card to get. I will be using it for some audio recording but mainly midi input controlling VSTs, in Sibelius/Sonar, like east west quantum leap. The VSTs will have several instruments playing at once so i need a card with low latency full ASIO support and low latency midi input, im talking super low!
I've been considering these two:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/m-audio-fas...lus-protools-se

and

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/m-audio-aud...al-i-o-and-midi

Anyone any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks

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Brand
post Apr 4 2012, 09:19
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For low latency performance, PCI/PCIe is usually the best. But PCI is on its way out, some new motherboards already come without it. So out of those two I'd rather recommend the USB one, if you want a little bit of future proofing (and you get a headphone out, mic preamps..).

But there are several soundcards to choose from if you want to spend some time doing research. You have to know that every soundcard performs differently at low latencies, a lot depends on drivers.

Here's just one database with some benchmarks/test: http://forum.dawbench.com/showthread.php?1...mance-Data-Base.
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