Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

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Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

Post by metrowilliams » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:16 am

hi. i am a newbie to ableton and i am absolutely loving it. i purchased mainly to perform live using my macbook. however i don't really want to carry around an external sound card as well as a laptop and controller.

a local dj shop owner told me recently that there are companies who can install internal sound cards into macbooks.

has anyone heard of companies like this and has anybody had this done?

many thanks

metro

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Re: Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

Post by SubFunk » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:21 am

never heard of it, but i honestly doubt it is a good idea...

depending on the specs needed... (well naturally given the size and connex possibility, any type of internal soundcard want give you much features / options) i would ALWAYS go with an external...

you are simply more flexible... and future proof, there are very small and super light good soundcards around...

NI's audio dj2, motus new microbook, apogee's one or duet, rme's babyface, etc. etc.

external is the way to go, if you want a professional solution.
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Re: Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

Post by 4.33 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:26 am

nothing that i heard of, but for live purposes you want something with PROVEN stable drivers at least.
nice tunes by the way

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Re: Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

Post by rikhyray » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:52 am

I wish but I doubt anybody doing it. Which card would fit anyway?
The build in is noisy and rather poor sound but usable in emergency. I actually did it last week-very unsteady weather, uncovered open air stage, wanted to minimise gear to grab and run in case of rain (Novation SL and the lappie only). Live + reason rewired with several synths/combinators - no issues at all, something that would never work on pc (even with ASIO4all). It was windy anyway so who would hear the noise....The sound of those chips is equally shitty on pc or mac even for movies or general listening.

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Re: Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

Post by metrowilliams » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:58 am

thank you all for your swift replies. i am going to look into the cards subfunk has mentioned. i thought it sounded crazy.

thank you 4.33 for diggin the tunes.

now i've just got to decide what controller and sound card to get!

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Re: Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

Post by lapieuvre » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:17 pm

MBP 2015, 16 GB Ram, OSX 10.14.6
Live 9.7.6 Suite
Live 10.1.14 Suite
Soundcards : FF800, Apollo Twin duo

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Re: Can anyone recommend an internal soundcard for a macbook

Post by thefinger » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:20 pm

unless you need more than one output, your mac's standard out should be fine. especially for live use.

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