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Re: digital input sound card recommendation

From:

Matt Sohn <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 23:45:02 -0500

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> Lastly, broadcast, at least radio broadcast, has stuck, 
> with XP Pro as the OS of choice for PCs.  General 
> unstability for audio work and problems with drivers is 
> the reason, possibly along with the conservative nature of 
> broadcast engineers.  Also in this world, the Lynx cards 
> have largely replaced the CardDeluxe for two channel 
> applications.  RME cards seem more oriented to 
> mult-channel applications.
>

I have stubbornly clung to XP Pro, at least for my main 
machine. because it just works. In the last year, however, 
I've gone from 2 to 5 computers, so now I have 3 XP, one 
Vista 64-bit and one W7 machine. I cringe every time a new 
Microsoft update comes out.
I have 2 Card Deluxes and one RME ADAT interface (the other 
2 are laptops) and use Wavelab 6 as my stereo editor. 
Wavelab 6 is not supported for 64-bit, but it mostly works 
on my Vista machine (except I have to monitor recordings 
through Audacity), and Wavelab 7 is only supported on W7 
onward. This is a rock and a hard place for me. I got one 
license for Wavelab 7, which I put on my W7 machine, and 
spent many hours trying to comprehend the new workflow. I 
just didn't get it.. So, I retreated to my trusty XP Wavelab 
6 setup. So now I am doing my most productive work on the 
slowest computer I have using outdated, no longer supported 
software, because it ...just...works.
I bemoan the relentless advance of technology, but I realize 
its inevitability.
In my (little-used) multi-track room I have a Presonus 
24-track digital mixer that connects to the computer via 
Firewire 400. To get a compatible firewire interface for my 
laptop computer, I had to buy an express card which will 
dislodge itself upon the slightest provocation, which does 
not instill confidence. I ended up getting a Firewire 800 
PCI-e interface for the home desktop, wihch works fine with 
a 400 adapter, but feels rather dodgy as well (I hate things 
hanging off of my computer, be it a dongle, an e-licenser or 
a 1/4"-1/8" adapter). On the other hand, I recently bought a 
portable 1TB hard drive which runs on USB3, However, I have 
no USB3 ports on any of my computers. Luckily, USB3 is 
downward-compatible with USB2, so I can use it, but I can't 
take advantadge of USB3's promised 10-fold speed increase.
When will it all end?, or perhaps more pertinent, when will 
the vendors catch up with the technology?

My .04 cents

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