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Re: [ARSCLIST] Beginner's question RE: digital recordings
Computer noise bleedthrough is only a problem with cheaper cards aimed at
undemanding users, rather than audio professionals. Cards from companies
like RME, Lynx, and Marian are exceptionally well-shielded and do not suffer
from this problem. It's my impression (not personal experience, you
understand) that the M Audio Audiophile is decently shielded.
Salutations, David L
----- Original Message -----
From: "Edward Falk" <falk@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: August 04, 2006 11:32 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Beginner's question RE: digital recordings
Lisa NnNnNn wrote:
That is a very good point about having a higher quality sound card; until
now, the card that I've been using was just the stock card that came with
my laptop. I'm guessing that when the time comes, I will be doing this
work on one of the museum's PC's, and I'm guessing that whatever kind of
soundcards those have, they would probably be even worse. Can you
recommend a decent quality sound card that I should add to my list when
I'm writing up my budget?
I'd be very interested in the answer to that question myself.
I've heard good things about the M-Audio products, but I don't know if
they make one that will connect to a laptop. I'm currently using a
low-end Edirol USB box. It only does 44.1/16, so it's not exactly what
you'd call high end, but for the 30-year-old tapes I'm working with, it's
more than sufficient.
A few criteria: You want the A-D conversion to happen outside the
computer, to avoid electrical noise. This means some sort of box on the
end of a cable. I've heard that cheaper audio cards have only a single
A-D converter which first samples one channel, then the other, back and
forth. This is undesirable because it puts the two channels half a sample
out of phase with each -- think of a slightly bad azimuth adjustment.