Best under $200 sound card?

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Re: Best under $200 sound card?

Post by Hermanus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:39 pm

go on with firewire.

If you're going to move from a FW card to an usb one, you can only be disappointed.
my opinion

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Re: Best under $200 sound card?

Post by commuter » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:51 pm

If you're going to move from a FW card to an usb one, you can only be disappointed.
my opinion
i'm coming from a MOTU ultralite (firewire) that worked perfectly, but too much ins/outs for what i do now..
So, i sold it to get something smaller...
and i'm no disappointed at all with the mackie blackjack....it sound a lot better than my MOTU ultralite MK1....
it's all about the sound, performance (latency etc..) and functionality ? no ?

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Re: Best under $200 sound card?

Post by Hermanus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:15 pm

Yes, I'm just saying that because my setup is now fed with direct audio [microphone for voice and flute]
So about external audio source, With usb the latency is hell, much less latency with my tiny firewire audio card.
I got both an usb and FW, but had very bad results with usb in live performances.

Off course it depends on how you use it.

Berhinger FCA202 is around 75€

Kindly :wink:

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Re: Best under $200 sound card?

Post by Donnie » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:26 pm

That Mackie interface looks pretty decent for the price actually. First time ive seen it.

As far as USB 1.1 devices go, dont be deceived into thinking that means they are slow. The Saffire 6 ran better than many USB 2.0 and Firewire devices ive used to be honest and that was USB 1.1. Unfortunately Windows 7 has problems with allowing USB 1.1 devices to connect to root hub, which leads to occasional problems, so I wouldn't recommend a USB 1.1 device to a Windows 7 user.

...and Firewire is to be avoided whenever possible in my opinion. Ive never liked it and its on its way out as far as I can tell. A necessary evil at times though.
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Re: Best under $200 sound card?

Post by Donnie » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:30 pm

Hermanus wrote:Yes, I'm just saying that because my setup is now fed with direct audio [microphone for voice and flute]
So about external audio source, With usb the latency is hell, much less latency with my tiny firewire audio card.
I got both an usb and FW, but had very bad results with usb in live performances.

Off course it depends on how you use it.

Berhinger FCA202 is around 75€

Kindly :wink:
I think those results are more dependent on how good a cards drivers are, and the platform its being run on, rather than firewire vs usb.

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Re: Best under $200 sound card?

Post by Hermanus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:40 pm

yes indeed.

I'm still with dualcore, just straight to run live8. That count for sure

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Re: Best under $200 sound card?

Post by Omniology » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:29 pm

Echo audio fire 2

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