If I were Building a System Today... Rev 7 (5/12/03).
Looking for that all-in-one studio setup solution? A "Bang For The Buck" ProAudio interface? We've provided Hardware & Software Features & Standards To Consider below.
Questions To Ask Yourself:
We had high hopes for Aardvark, unless they can get successful shipping drivers they may Sea their Sound go too!
Features: 24 Bit/96 KHz; 4 Mic PreAmps
Update... 2 From AudioForums.com appears "WDM will be available by the end of March Or April!?" What year?
Update... 1 Most Important: Does NOT yet support WDM Driver Model hence no Win2000 or WinXP anything drivers & NO GSIF under Win2000 (2/27/2002).
Aardvark-Pro: Tips & Tricks: Direct Pro 24/96 - Getting better sound out of your microphones.
Digidesign - One Solution. One Company. Digi001 | Pro Tools Hardware Features | Software Features. Digi001, a Mac product now working sporadically with PC's on Win98 SE. Great idea even if finicky. Prefers M/B with i440BX chipsets (Circa 1998!).
Mbox - New Digidesign and Focusrite Micro Project/Home Studio: AD/DA Converters, 44.1, 48 kHz; 24-bit to/from computer; S/PDIF I/O (24-bit); 2-channel USB audio peripheral; Includes two TRS (1/4")/XLR analogue inputs - featuring Focusrite Audio Engineering mic preamps and 48 V phantom power - US List $495.00 (3/7/2002).
Echo Digital Audio - Makers of Mona, Layla, Gina, Mia ... 24/96 Digital Recording Systems!
Need 4 Phantom Powered MIC Preamps, see Mona. List: $995.00 - No Midi!
O/S: 95/98/2000/XP/Mac/WDM/ASIO/GSIF (2/27/2002)!
WaMi Rack 192X; (24bit 192kHz AD converter) - $899.00
WaMi Rack 192L; (24bit 96kHz AD converter) - $499.00
Soundscape - Mixtreme PCI cards (No Mic PreAmps - spoken of highly and often @ Sonic Foundry Vegas Forum).
Frontier Design Group - Dakota PCI (All Same as above). | Tango24
www.alesis.com - ADAT
SeaSound - Out OF Business! See a great deal? Pass! Seasound Solo EX or newer Solo EX8. Features: 24 Bit/96 KHz; 2 Mic PreAmps (Phantom Powered)
Please visit the SeaSound Users Group at www.SeaSoundAudio.com
Gadget Labs - Gadget Labs Wave/824. Features: 24 Bit/48 KHz; 2 Mic XLR Inputs - No PreAmps!
Midiman / M Audio's - Makers of high quality Digital Recording systems, and MIDI interfaces. Delta 1010; Delta 66; Delta 44 & Omni I/O, now know as M-Audio Omni Studio - Integrated Desktop Audio Station. Features: A record/playback “front end” for the Delta 44 and Delta 66 interface cards. 24 bit / 96 kHz; 2 Mic/Inst inputs equipped with XLR phantom power, insert I/O jacks, individual gain controls, gain reduction "pad" switch, and signal/clip indicator LEDs.
O/S: Windows 95/98, ASIO/ASIO2, Mac, GSIF, DirectX and Windows NT/2000 drivers (2/27/2002).
Layla or Delta 1010 plus a small Mackie or Behringer mixer will be slightly cheaper than two DirectPros or two Monas or any other way of getting eight mic preamps piped into your PC. The Mackie 1402VLZ Pro has 6 mic preamps and goes for about $600; the Behringer EURORACK MX2004A has 8 and goes for about $300.
Mic PreAmps: M-Audio Omni Studio (Win200 /
XP); Aardvark DirectPro 24/96 (Win98); Digi 001;
Only a few cards have mic preamps worth
considering. The 1/8" Mic Input jacks on consumer soundcards will not
cut it. Cards worth consideration which include mic preamps are as
follows: Aardvark DirectPro (Win98), Echo Mona,
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