Posted 05 August 2015 - 08:51 AM
Hi, SEANIA and DJBPace07!
Thank you both for the prompt and insightful replies!
Although I do have direct MIDI in on my Audio Card's front panel as of today, I have neither used it nor needed it; as I prefer USB because it is digital by design. Also I have S/PDIF in/out likewise, but I do not have an external mixer, as I have only used software like CoolEdit96 at first and later Audacity, so I have obviously not tried this either.
If I were to buy and use an external mixer to connect digitally to my new computer, then how would I get the music saved in the 16-bit 44100Hz CD-quality sound WAVE (.WAV) format and 320Kbps 32-bit MP3? I need these file formats in order to burn the music to CDs and to play it on my Hi-Fi, so I can just copy my MP3-files to my USB Flash Drive rather than burning CDs all the time.
Have you tried using the USB outputs on your current hardware before for recording? Just curious.
No, unfortunately not , but then again that is because of no external mixer like I mentioned above, however I have tried external analog sound recording to cassette tape, which is like ten years ago...I also remember having quite noticeable noise on my first computer, but luckily not on this one...
Only real reason to buy a dedicated card now is for coaxial in/out and S/PDIF in/out connectors for recording.
Yeah, I happen to value connectivity; also having a dedicated Audio Card reduces the workload for the CPU, just like having a dedicated Graphics Card does. In addition there are greater upgradabilities this way...
Those are nice specifications as for Signal-to-Noise ratios, however Creative SoundBlaster ZxR features 124dB. Could this be my next Audio Card? Because I have actually had this brand of Audio Cards for 20 years already, and so far I am fairly impressed by its quality...
Edited by midimusicman79, 06 August 2015 - 08:11 AM.
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