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Investing in a 5.1 setup
Old 20th May 2015
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Investing in a 5.1 setup

Hi, first time poster here.

I do music for visual media, and I would like to expand my setup from stereo to a 5.1 configuration. After asking a few friends and reading through posts on here, it seems like there are a variety of opinions on the best way to do this in my situation.

Current Setup
  • Alesis io2 interface w/ ASIO4ALL
  • 2x JBL LSR2328
  • Intel i5 3570K
  • 16 GB DDR3
  • 1x 128 GB SSD
  • 1x 1TB SSD
  • 2x 1TB HDD
  • Windows 7
  • Cubase 8 Pro

Some of these don't have USB out, so I assume I would need to get a different mobo or a Firewire card. I have been told that it would be better to get a Thunderbolt card and just use an adapter, as it is more futureproof. The mobo I have found as an option is the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD7. I have looked into soundcards, but haven't found anything that seems great.

I am not sure how to decide which of these options if any are appropriate. My criteria is:

  • Enough line outputs for 5.1
  • 24bit/96k
  • Decent drivers, I hate ASIO4ALL
  • Budget up to $600
  • Enough line outputs for 7.1
  • Multiple headphone outputs
  • Lots of inputs
  • Sample rates above 96k
  • MIDI in/out

Of the suggestions that I've been given so far, I am trying to take all of them with a grain of salt. I'm not sure if it comes down to preference, but it seems like a lot of these options meet all of my criteria. There are probably several other options that I'm not aware of, so I don't know how to narrow all of them down.

If anyone can help me nix any of these options or provide a better one, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks folks.

Last edited by thecompactor; 22nd May 2015 at 06:42 PM.. Reason: Clarity between need/want categories
Old 22nd May 2015
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Old 23rd May 2015
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Motu ultralite
Motu 828
Esi Gigaport (not so many inputs)
firewire 410
Behringer thingy
behringer ada8000 with adat card of some sort not 96KHz but xlr will make more audible difference anyway.
Rme fire face second hand
Old 23rd May 2015
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I have on one rig the following which outputs from Premier Pro / Logic Pro:

M-Audio 8 Track
SPL Surround Monitor Controller
5x Genelec 1029A
1X Genelec 1092A Sub Woofer
Old 29th March 2019
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Originally Posted by GearAndGuitars View Post
I have on one rig the following which outputs from Premier Pro / Logic Pro:

M-Audio 8 Track
SPL Surround Monitor Controller
5x Genelec 1029A
1X Genelec 1092A Sub Woofer
let me know if u ever want to sell the 1092a
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