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    Question Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    Ok, I'm having a hard time trying to come to terms with monitoring my music through a computer's sound card. How does this stuff sound? Am I going to have a nice warm experience with Giga, or will I find the 'sound' to be generic and cold (digital)?

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    If you have a quality audio interface, you will get great sound, "CD Quality" sound. Of course the quality of the samples has alot to do with it, but most "big libraries" that you would find for GigaStudio will be high quality.

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    I have to agree with Martin, the program itself won't make things sound warm, or cold, but rather the samples will. It all depends on your ears (and your monitors!), but, personally, I definitely find 24 bit better if quality samples are used, giving not only a little extra warmth, but definitely more room to the sounds. Giga is now capable of that (yay!). Of course, as Martin also said you do need a quality soundcard. I use Delta 1010's at the moment, but am looking closely at the MOTU 24i. Each to his own of course, everyone has different requirements...

    Cheers,
    Steve

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    When you get into 24bit 96K, 24 channel digital outs, yes sound card sounds
    a bit weak. High performance audio interface is more like it.

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    Quote Originally Posted by perceive
    I use Delta 1010's at the moment, ...

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Hi,
    Are they GISF 2 compliant? I couldn't find a definite statement on the web site.

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    Yes

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingRon
    When you get into 24bit 96K, 24 channel digital outs, yes sound card sounds
    a bit weak. High performance audio interface is more like it.
    Are you saying that I should look into getting a "High perfromance audio interface"? Or is "High performance audio interface" another way to say sound card?

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    Every "soundcard" that supports GSIF is a "high-quality digital audio interface".

    CD quality? Nah. DVD-A quality is more on the mark.

    Bang for the buck-wise I like my Echo MIA. It has balanced 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs. Much more professional than single-ended RCA or mini jacks.

    -JF

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    Re: Something about the term 'Sound Card' that scares me

    Quote Originally Posted by GTBannah
    Hi,
    Are they GISF 2 compliant? I couldn't find a definite statement on the web site.
    As Bill mentioned, the 1010 is GSIF 2 compliant, but to this point only with Beta Drivers.

    http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=support.drivers

    David

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