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RE: Laptop Expresscard (incl. my pers. Intro)


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#1 jjj333

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:50 PM


My old Soundblaster Audigy 4 sound card was great, yet now that I switched from desktop PC to my Toshiba 850L laptop, I cannot use this (expensive) sound card anymore and have to put up with inferior sound cards.
Since I am still young (only 71) and an active creative whistler-musician 
( wwwww.youtube.com/watch?v=_iVrNgrLC6c )   and in the past did all my recordings with that card, I searched for the possibility to connect that card to my laptop.
Today I discovered that it might be possible, but chances are that I got it wrong:
From eBay searches I take that I first need to have this "Laptop Expresscard 34", which plugs into USB:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Express-Card-Expresscard-to-USB-3-0-2-Port-Adapter-for-Notebook-Laptop-PC-34mm-/190874044053?pt=AU_Laptop_Accessories&hash=item2c70fac695

... which then plugs into this "Laptop Expresscard 34 To 2 PCI slot adapter", with PCI slots for the Audigy 4 soundcard:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Laptop-Expresscard-34-To-2-PCI-slot-adapter-Express-card-to-Sound-graphics-card-/121177433383?pt=US_Laptop_Port_Expansion_Cards&hash=item1c36bce527

My question is:
Did I understand it rightly? Will it work? I hate to blindly trust eBay sellers.
Thanking you for your good advice!
Warm Regards, from Johannes
.... blowing up in in +40°C summer heat of Santiago de Chile and you at -40°C

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:51 PM

Personally I'd recommend updating the sound card, rather than trying to make it work.  While this solution may work, I'd give you better odds on it not working properly.  Since you're working with sound interference from the electronics of this solution would be my concern.

 

You might want to take a look at Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface Sound Card.

 

A few years back I decided to go with USB for these types of items so that they could be easily moved to a new machine as I had too many experiences like the one you have having.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:50 PM

 

You might want to take a look at Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface Sound Card.

 

Thank you for your good advice, RKilroy! The transfer speed might cause problems. it's a shame that laptop manufacturers didn't provide a PCI expansion port.

I just had a peek at this card: it seems to be great on audio, but lacks MIDI connectivity. It's about the same as their  "Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro" I'm using now and also lacks MIDI.

 



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:59 AM

I checked on New Egg and the only sound cards that have MIDI connectivity are all for desktop machines.  If you really have to have MIDI I'm afraid you're going to have to go back to a desktop to get it.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:22 PM

I used the MIDI mainly with/ for my Yamaha Tyros 3, but I can use just MIDI App on my Toshiba laptop and connect it via MIDI decoder cable etc.

As there are many ways to Rome... I just need to relearn new Apps. Albeit waste of time, there's no other way... unless, as you mentioned returning to desktop PC.

Thx again, Joh






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