Computer build noob question

Discussion in 'Production' started by Dugg Funnie, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Dugg Funnie

    Dugg Funnie Well-Known Member

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    So, I'm putting together a home build and I'm wondering one thing.


    If I have an external audio interface (Apogee Duet 2), do I still need to buy a soundcard for the machine?
     
  2. DJWhizzkidd

    DJWhizzkidd Member

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    An external audio interface is a soundcard, so unless you want two soundcards, the answer is no.
     
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    If you're satisfied with the apogee's connections and what not then no. Your motherboard will have onboard sound which the interface will by-pass anyway.
     
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    Dugg Funnie Well-Known Member

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    Awesome dudes! I kind of figured the Apogee would bypass the other sound interfaces, but I really wasn't sure. Thanks a bunch!
     
  5. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    Sidenote: Good choice with the Apogee Duet 2. It's my favorite bit of kit and was worth every penny...especially with regards to its preamps when it comes recording guitar, vox, etc.

    Since you're building a computer and using the Duet 2, I'm assuming you're building a Hackintosh (Apogee only bonds with Apple machines)? Would love to hear about your build as I would like to make my own Hackintosh desktop one day...I'm just a bit busy to put in the effort in figuring out what specific components to buy in order to "trick" OSX into thinking it's a factory built Apple machine.

    Cheers!
     
  6. Dugg Funnie

    Dugg Funnie Well-Known Member

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    Shoot, I didn't think about the compatibility with windows!!! I was planning on adding my ssd and hd from my mac (the case I'm getting has 5 hard drive slots) and occasionally running that. But, I'm really looking to start working with FL Studio and was building this mostly as a system for that; also I'm learning a 3D projection mapping program (read: MASSIVE HD video files in 3D, etc..) called TouchDesigner that's windows only and can interact with Ableton and do crazy real time audio-reactive video http://vimeo.com/49983069#at=0

    I'll be so swoll' if I have to go back to my.....m-box mini :(
     
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  7. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    Gotcha, so essentially you want to build a Hackintosh equipped with multiple hard drives in order to run a sideorder of Boot Camp so you can mess with FL Studio and other PC progs.

    It definitely can be done, it's just a matter of purchasing the proper components (motherboard, chipset, etc.) that will fool OSX into thinking it's a legit Apple machine. I think I have a couple helpful links if you're interested.

    It's a downer that Apogee is Mac only, but understandable since their products are all built around CoreAudio foundation...but yeah, you'll probably have to alternate between the Apogee Duet 2 and m-box mini. :(
     
  8. Dugg Funnie

    Dugg Funnie Well-Known Member

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    Well, I had budgeted up to $500 for a soundcard for the build soooo.......Propellerhead's Balance, here I come! :miss_rep:
     
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    my system has (3) drives with the mac as the main, 2nd is a mac back up and 3rd is windows 7 ultimate. lots of options there ;)
     
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    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    Crazy updates since I last was here. THANKS!