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Sound Cards

Postby samsonite2010 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:42 am

As I am considering building a dedicated music machine, the only thing I am not to sure about for Linux is the sound card. Is this particularly important? Does a good sound make much difference in Linux and if so, which ones perform well in Linux?

Hopefully I won't be blasting with too many questions, but I really do know very little about the audio side of Linux!

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Re: Sound Cards

Postby GarryO » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:28 am

Hi, Samsonite. Yes, I think which sound card you use _is_ important, although it obviously depends on what you are wanting to achieve.
I use a M-audio delta44 which I am very happy with.
What requirements do you have? number of ins/outs, midi, digital in/out, etc?

You can check out what cards are supported (and to what extent) here: http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Main

regards, G.

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Re: Sound Cards

Postby samsonite2010 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:16 am

Thanks Garry, I was thinking about an M-Audio. I am not 100% what I will need, but will probably want something flexible. I definitely need digital in/out (optical). Do they still do cards with RCA jacks? I used to have an AWE64 Gold with full-sized RCA jacks, but even my X-Fi card only has mini-jacks.

As I starting to do a lot more music work on my PC, I think I need to have a sound card that I can "grow into"!

I think one mini-question which you have answered really is whether it makes much difference going from onboard to soundblaster to high-end card.

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Re: Sound Cards

Postby autostatic » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:31 am

samsonite2010 wrote:I think one mini-question which you have answered really is whether it makes much difference going from onboard to soundblaster to high-end card.
It sure does! Just the A/D - D/A conversion alone can make a huge difference already!

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Re: Sound Cards

Postby GarryO » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:49 am

@Samsonite: the M-audio delta66 has digital i/o, as do all the higher models in the delta range.
All of these cards use 1/4" jacks, with the exception of the delta1010LT, which appears to have a large number of rca connectors.
I can only second what Autostatic said: the signal/noise ratio and total harmonic distortion figures for a pro card are way superior to those found on your average consumer card. You would definitely hear the difference!

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Re: Sound Cards

Postby samsonite2010 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:38 pm

Yes you're right about the large number of RCA connectors on the Delta 1010LT! Maybe too many - I will have to think about how much I want those RCAs!

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