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A must-have! Its hard to work with digital audio without a good sound card. A sound card is the portal for audio to get to and from your computer. Although your computer likely came with one built in, the quality will be extremely poor compared to a professional card - you will be surprised at how much better your music can sound! Take note that what the "computer" industry and your local computer store considers a "good" soundcard is much inferior to what the "music" industry will consider as acceptable. A professional soundcard will playback any audio generated by your computer - including CDs, recordings, MP3, soft synths and more. A soundcard is also responsible for getting sound into your computer from mics, guitars or line-level devices like tape decks, turntables or MiniDisc. A soundcard can also support various types of surround sound to allow you to get the most out of your games and movies, or surround sound audio such as DVD-A.  
What To Look For When Buying Sound Cards
  • Analog Input/Output
    • Number of I/O.  The number of inputs and outputs required will be different for every buyer.  Think about the types of projects you plan to work on then decide how many ins and outs you will need.
    • Type of Connection. Sound Cards come with a variety of connection types. The most common connections used by semi-pro and pro cards are: RCA, TRS, and XLR. Gaming cards and the like usually use the 1/8 headphone jack. Its nice to have the same type of jacks on all your equipment but it will sometimes be necessary to use adapters or patch bays to connect everything.
    • Location. Crawling around the back of your computer to access cables is no fun.  Many soundcards include break out boxes that sit on your desktop or are rack-mounted, making it easy to access your connections.
  • Bit and Sample Rates
    • 16-bit vs. /24-bit.  When sound is recorded digitally ...
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 TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 MKIINATIVE INSTRUMENTS $119.00$99.00Buy TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 MKII On-Line
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AUDIOBOX USBPRESONUS $179.95$99.00Buy AUDIOBOX USB On-Line
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 DR. DAC NANOESI $129.95$99.95Buy DR. DAC NANO On-Line
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 UA-33 TRI-CAPTUREROLAND $159.00$129.00Buy UA-33 TRI-CAPTURE On-Line
 AUDIOBOX IONEPRESONUS $159.95$129.95Buy AUDIOBOX IONE On-Line
 MAYA 44 USB+ESI $179.95$139.95Buy MAYA 44 USB+ On-Line
MAYA 44 PCIESI $189.95$139.95Buy MAYA 44 PCI On-Line
 UDJ6 USB AUDIO INTERFACEESI $189.95$139.95Buy UDJ6 USB AUDIO INTERFACE On-Line
 FADERPORTPRESONUS $179.95$145.00Buy FADERPORT On-Line
 MAYA 44 XTEESI $229.95Click For PriceBuy MAYA 44 XTE On-Line
 MIXTRACK EDGENUMARK $249.99$149.00Buy MIXTRACK EDGE On-Line
 IO4ALESIS $199.99$149.99Buy IO4 On-Line
 M-TRACK PLUS MKIIM-AUDIO $199.99$149.99Buy M-TRACK PLUS MKII On-Line
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JULI@ESI $249.95$169.95Buy JULI@ On-Line
 FAST TRACK SOLO WITH PRO TOOLS EXPRESSAVID $179.00Click For PriceBuy FAST TRACK SOLO WITH PRO TOOLS EXPRESS On-Line
 PIANOBOX II GENERAL MIDI SOUND MODULEMIDITECHAcademic available$249.00$179.00Buy PIANOBOX II GENERAL MIDI SOUND MODULE On-Line
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GIGAPORT HD+ESI $249.95$199.95Buy GIGAPORT HD+ On-Line
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 EIE USB AUDIO INTERFACEAKAI $299.99$199.99Buy EIE USB AUDIO INTERFACE On-Line
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KONNEKT 6TC ELECTRONICS $295.00$249.00Buy KONNEKT 6 On-Line
I-ONIX U22LEXICON $359.95Click For PriceBuy I-ONIX U22 On-Line
UA-55 QUAD-CAPTUREROLANDAcademic available$299.00$249.00Buy UA-55 QUAD-CAPTURE On-Line
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 SAFFIRE PRO 14FOCUSRITE  $259.00Buy SAFFIRE PRO 14 On-Line
 VAI-40VESTAX $349.00$269.00Buy VAI-40 On-Line
 ALVA NANOFACEALVA $349.00$279.00Buy ALVA NANOFACE On-Line
 US-1800TASCAM $399.99$279.99Buy US-1800 On-Line
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RME HDSP PCIRME $399.00$299.00Buy RME HDSP PCI On-Line
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I-ONIX U42SLEXICON $549.95Click For PriceBuy I-ONIX U42S On-Line
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 SAFFIRE PRO 26FOCUSRITE $399.00$349.00Buy SAFFIRE PRO 26 On-Line
 DR DAC PRIMEESI $499.00$349.00Buy DR DAC PRIME On-Line
 SD-50 MOBILE STUDIO SOUND CANVASROLAND $469.00Click For PriceBuy SD-50 MOBILE STUDIO SOUND CANVAS On-Line
 ECHO 2ECHO  $399.00Buy ECHO 2 On-Line
 KETRON SD2KETRON $475.00$399.00Buy KETRON SD2 On-Line
KONNEKT 24DTC ELECTRONICS $495.00$399.00Buy KONNEKT 24D On-Line
 IMPACT TWINTC ELECTRONICS $519.00$399.00Buy IMPACT TWIN On-Line
 AUDIOBOX MUSIC CREATION SUITEPRESONUS $499.95$399.95Buy AUDIOBOX MUSIC CREATION SUITE On-Line
PROFIRE 610M-AUDIO $499.99$399.99Buy PROFIRE 610 On-Line
 M-TRACK EIGHTM-AUDIO $499.00$399.99Buy M-TRACK EIGHT On-Line
 JAMHUB TRACKER MT16JAMHUB $500.00$399.99Buy JAMHUB TRACKER MT16 On-Line
 ARTIST TRANSPORTAVID $499.00$399.99Buy ARTIST TRANSPORT On-Line
FIRESTUDIO PROJECTPRESONUS $599.95$449.00Buy FIRESTUDIO PROJECT On-Line
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I-ONIX U82SLEXICON $699.95Click For PriceBuy I-ONIX U82S On-Line
RME HDSP 9632RME $549.00$499.00Buy RME HDSP 9632 On-Line
 RME HDSPe PCI EXPRESSRME $549.00$499.00Buy RME HDSPe PCI EXPRESS On-Line
 RME HDSPE EXPRESSCARDRME $549.00$499.00Buy RME HDSPE EXPRESSCARD On-Line
 AUDIOBOX 1818VSLPRESONUS $629.00Click For PriceBuy AUDIOBOX 1818VSL On-Line
 CENTRAL STATIONPRESONUS $699.95$499.95Buy CENTRAL STATION On-Line
FIRESTUDIOPRESONUS $769.95Click For PriceBuy FIRESTUDIO On-Line
AUDIOFIRE 12ECHO $999.00$599.00Buy AUDIOFIRE 12 On-Line
 UA-1010 OCTA-CAPTUREROLAND $699.00$599.00Buy UA-1010 OCTA-CAPTURE On-Line
 CENTRAL STATION PLUSPRESONUS $699.95$599.95Buy CENTRAL STATION PLUS On-Line
FIRESTUDIO TUBEPRESONUS $869.95Click For PriceBuy FIRESTUDIO TUBE On-Line
RME HDSP 9652RME $799.00$699.00Buy RME HDSP 9652 On-Line
I-ONIX FW810SLEXICON $999.95Click For PriceBuy I-ONIX FW810S On-Line
 ELEVEN RACK WITH PRO TOOLSAVID $1,259.99Click For PriceBuy ELEVEN RACK WITH PRO TOOLS On-Line
 RME BABYFACERME $799.00$749.00Buy RME BABYFACE On-Line
RME HDSPE AIORME $899.00$799.00Buy RME HDSPE AIO On-Line
RME HDSP MULTIFACE IIRME $949.00$849.00Buy RME HDSP MULTIFACE II On-Line
 MBOX PRO 3 WITH PRO TOOLSAVIDAcademic available $999.00Buy MBOX PRO 3 WITH PRO TOOLS On-Line
 UA-1610 STUDIO CAPTUREROLAND $1,199.00$999.00Buy UA-1610 STUDIO CAPTURE On-Line
 BK-7M BACKING BANDROLAND $1,499.00Click For PriceBuy BK-7M BACKING BAND On-Line
 MPC RENAISSANCEAKAI $1,999.99$999.99Buy MPC RENAISSANCE On-Line
 STUDIOLIVE 16.0.2PRESONUS $1,599.95Click For PriceBuy STUDIOLIVE 16.0.2 On-Line
 FIREFACE UCRME $1,499.00Click For PriceBuy FIREFACE UC On-Line
 ARTIST MIXAVID $1,399.00$1,259.99Buy ARTIST MIX On-Line
 ARTIST CONTROLAVID $1,666.95$1,499.00Buy ARTIST CONTROL On-Line
 ARTIST COLORAVID $1,799.00$1,499.99Buy ARTIST COLOR On-Line
 FIREFACE UCXRME $1,699.00$1,599.00Buy FIREFACE UCX On-Line
FIREFACE 800RME $1,999.00Click For PriceBuy FIREFACE 800 On-Line
 KETRON MIDJAY PLUSKETRON $2,335.00$1,869.00Buy KETRON MIDJAY PLUS On-Line
 INTEGRA-7 SOUND MODULEROLAND $2,399.00$1,999.00Buy INTEGRA-7 SOUND MODULE On-Line
 FIREFACE 802RME $2,199.00$1,999.00Buy FIREFACE 802 On-Line
 STUDIOLIVE 16.4.2AIPRESONUS $2,499.95Click For PriceBuy STUDIOLIVE 16.4.2AI On-Line
 KETRON SD3KETRON $2,569.00$2,050.00Buy KETRON SD3 On-Line
 STUDIOLIVE 24.4.2PRESONUS $3,999.95Click For PriceBuy STUDIOLIVE 24.4.2 On-Line
 FIREFACE UFXRME  $2,299.00Buy FIREFACE UFX On-Line
 MIDJAY PROKETRON $2,999.00$2,399.00Buy MIDJAY PRO On-Line
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