What ext soundcard with inputs for a laptop?

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  1. vicious-beats

    vicious-beats Member

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    Folks,

    I'm about to layout some hard cash on a midi controller (axiom 25 i think) and I'm going to get some other kit which I think will be midi and usb.

    The thing is I've been playing around with demos of ableton live 8 and massive and they sound f'kin awful through my laptop soundcard. Reason 4 is fine, but those other two sound like they either have a stutter i.e no sound at regular 1 sec intervals and sound for the rest of the time in between; or if i play around the audio preferences it just gets distorted and sounds wrong. Its using directx or multimedia drivers and I'm guessing thats the problem and I've tried all the options without any joy.

    SO - i think its time for an external soundcard.?

    Whats the skinny on the good ones as I might have some hardware to connect and will need inputs as well. Can't go as high a price as the mbox 2 so if there's any recommended cheaper ones that can handle a few inputs that anyone knows of I'd appreciate the shout.

    Chars!!!
     
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    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    Riisu Not the Preacher Man

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    glad you're pleased with it man.
     
  4. Alexi

    Alexi Drench Audio

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    I've got the Alesis IO2, perfect for a laptop as it's small and does require any external power.

    Lots of inputs, XLR, S/PDF, 1/4 jack and phantom power if your looking to do any recording.

    I use it with both Ableton Live 8 and Massive as you were saying, and works perfectly with great quality and no latency.

    But the best bit is it's only £85

    [​IMG]
     
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    Cheers. Will take a looksee at those bad boys.

    Any others worth considering...?
     
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    moriaty Active Member

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    my recommendation would be edirol's UA 25x.
    http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/cakewalk-ua-25ex--69236
    very stable drivers, low latency, and bus powered. plus phantom, and soft limiter, so no crappy recordings if you overdo it. for £150 it gives you 2in/2out, but if you want more you can get the UA101 for double the money, with 8in/8out. ive owned both, and they are simply brilliant for the price.
    (y)
     
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    DJPancake NEW NAME IS DJ INCLINED

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    Jwood27,

    i love your sig, such a freaky music video. lol
    but still an awesome one!

    Edit: Aphex twin rules!

    -Andy
     
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    Woodz12 sssounds so heavy...

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    where can I get this for £85?
     
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    Alexi Drench Audio

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    I got mine from a place could Promenade music for 85, when I was up north, can't remember exactly where, but somewhere round Manchester/Lancaster.

    Haven't checked online prices but check places like zzsounds and dolphin music
     
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    Thanks for the replies, been a great help and I think I know what I want. I can always sell it and upgrade if I need more midi/audio channels if I ever get more gear later. So I think I've settled on that Novation NIO 2/4 (I think anyway!).

    Was going to buy it while I'm out here in Texas but seeing as they're pretty much the same price back home I think I'll wait and get it when I get back to leave some room int'suitcase.

    It means I've got a decision to make if I want to take advantage of certain other HW bargains I've spied :D