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Advice For Future Purchase:Audio Card For Music Production

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    Louisiana, USA
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    Windows 8.1 x64 OEM

    Advice For Future Purchase:Audio Card For Music Production

    Hi Peeps! So this is a question that goes along the current research I am conducting for a future purchase.. I research my products for months before I make a purchase and so far, this has paid off greatly. Built my first computer this way, researched for 6+ months before I built it. Had one RMA and so far, no other issues running an AMD Win8.1 system..

    So my question for you all today is this.. I'm a gamer, new to PC gaming but a previous console gamer since years ago (13+ years).. I'm looking for a decent sound card that is great for audio production, preferably with electronic music like trance, house, electronica, ect.. But not just great for music production, decent to great with regular music listening and also gaming. My computer is my main computer that pretty much does everything. I game, surf the net, run 3D renders, and I'd like to do more with music production. My current sound is straight off the motherboard on-board audio drivers and I can tell you the sound is thuddy at best.

    What would you recommend? I'm not unlimited when it comes to finances, but I wouldn't mind spending $100-$200 on a decent sound card. Even $250 wouldn't be all that terrible..

    What am I running on my computer for producing music? Right now, just FL Studio.. I plan to get Adobe SoundForge though as I used to use that for slicing and it's also easier for reverse sounds and sections within the music.. I can also render out a high quality in FLS and use SoundForge to quickly save in different qualities for online uploading.. But, that's just what I use it for, you can do a lot more with it of course..

    Thanks in advance for those participating in recommendations.. I'd also like to say I'd most appreciate those with actual experience in what I am wanting to use the card for. I know how to use Google too so please don't recommend if you only just did a little research yourself

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    I have a Recording Studio (using Sonar X3 Producer). The general consensus on most recording forums is that a PC sound card is crap for recording and low latency. You are better off considering a "real" recording interface device. The USB connected units seem to have the edge now, with Firewire sort of becoming passť. USB devices generally have lower latency too.

    My main recording interface unit is a Roland Octa-Capture. It is 8 analog input channels, but there are units with less input channels. The Focusrite Scarlett units seem to be gaining in popularity too. Presonus is headquartered in Louisiana and sells recording hardware and software.

    The "gearslutz" forum would be a good place to look or ask your questions.
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