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Darwin Eine 3rd August 2017 07:48 AM

Any advantage of these sound cards?
 
Hi,
I have hardware quiry for my FL Audio workstation.
Will these sound cards help in FL studio editing -
Creative sound blaster 5.1 VX & Asus Xonar DGX

Or rather extending ram from 8GB to 16GB?

Alndln 3rd August 2017 08:04 AM

Those are prosumer audio interfaces for Gamers and not intended for DAW work. Look at brands like Focusrite. Audient, Steinberg, especially if you intend to record. If not they will still have pro out connections for Pro Studio Monitors crucial for audio mixing etc.

Darwin Eine 3rd August 2017 08:41 AM

I see, I wasn't diving into that deep professional works [yet] ; just for personal hobby and publishing in the social platforms. But I'll keep those in mind for the future, thanks!

Fruity loops doesn't play smoothly anymore, there's that cracking sound every now & then; plus using heavy plugins completely overwhelms playback. It worked fine with the current setup three years back, but now even project file loading almost stalls.

The rig I use has i5 4570, 4x2 1600mhz ddr3 ram, realtek ALC892 onboard, SATA HDD - that's all.

Any idea or suggestion for improvement is welcome.

Alndln 3rd August 2017 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Darwin Eine (Post 12772370)

Any idea or suggestion for improvement is welcome.

Depends on how much you want to spend and and what input requirements you need now and the future so you don't wind up buying twice. Most inexpensive Pro Audio interfaces typically come with 2 Mic inputs and 2 line level inputs for other hardware.

The best sounding interface for $200.00 is the Audient ID4 which has only one Mic input, one line/instrument input and 2 headphone. Sweetwater has demo models for $179.00

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...SABEgJ7O_D_BwE

Next up is the Focusrite Scarlett Gen 2 at $149.00 and has 2 mic inputs and 2 line/instrument inputs and sounds very good.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlet2i2G2

Next up is the Steinberg UR22Mk2 which has the same features and price as the Focusrite.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlet2i2G2

wrgkmc 3rd August 2017 08:34 PM

Sound blaster cards use windows chips and drivers. They aren't even recognized by most pro audio programs and if they are they run like crap.

You need a card, or better yet an interface which uses high speed ASIO drivers which move data at hundreds or times faster and allow you to use higher sample rates. You don't need to spend allot on an interface either you can buy a low end Tascam for less then $50 on EBay all day long.

Here's one for $26 Tascam US-122 USB Audio Mixer MIDI Digital Recording Interface

Here's a newer version for $40 https://www.ebay.com/p/TASCAM-Us-122...d=272787333600

You just want to make sure the manufacturer has drivers for your operating system. Some older interfaces being sold have been discontinued and the manufacturers quite updating the drivers.

Alndln 3rd August 2017 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by wrgkmc (Post 12773384)
You need a card, or better yet an interface which uses high speed ASIO drivers .

Which is one of the reasons I listed the 3 interfaces that I did. I also took into account sound quality and above all well written drivers. I can't vouch for the recent Tascam drivers but if they are good then it sounds like a good cheap solution but you know the old saying, buy cheap buy twice.

Audiospacific2 4th August 2017 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Darwin Eine (Post 12772370)
I see, I wasn't diving into that deep professional works [yet] ; just for personal hobby and publishing in the social platforms. But I'll keep those in mind for the future, thanks!

Fruity loops doesn't play smoothly anymore, there's that cracking sound every now & then; plus using heavy plugins completely overwhelms playback. It worked fine with the current setup three years back, but now even project file loading almost stalls.

The rig I use has i5 4570, 4x2 1600mhz ddr3 ram, realtek ALC892 onboard, SATA HDD - that's all.

Any idea or suggestion for improvement is welcome.

I would try a video card. It seems the newer plugs are using those resources.
something with its own ram and with direct X 11 hardware acceleration.


the ALC892 is no better than any of those interfaces until you get up to the $2000-$3000 range. You probably need to manage your machine, stop running too much in the background (like anti-virus), clean up the hard disk with disk cleanup, and defrag it. If you are still having drop outs because of I/O, maybe installing a ram disk and put the swp, tmp and temp directories and environment variables in ram.

Darwin Eine 4th August 2017 06:29 PM

Alright, so these audio interface would help run the DAW software and get rid of the problems I am having?

Alndln 5th August 2017 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Darwin Eine (Post 12775049)
Alright, so these audio interface would help run the DAW software and get rid of the problems I am having?

The ones I listed yes. I can't vouch for the Tascam as I have no experience with it. For low latency drivers The Focusrite is your best bet and it sounds very good.

Darwin Eine 6th August 2017 03:51 AM

Thanks for pointing out the solution, I really appreciate the insight of everyone's and all the suggestions. Thank you! :)
Now I'll have to start looking for suitable audio interface available.