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Production Studio Soundcard

Post by lewiscallaway » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:41 pm

What do you guys recommend for a good broadcast grade PCIe sound card (XLR NOT unbalanced crap!!) that would work with audacity?

All it needs is basic one channel playback and record. I like audioscience cards, but they are really $$$ and overkill for this station.

Doesn't need to be anything fancy, just not this consumer crap that fails all the time!!

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by TPT » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:04 pm

I've used the Lexicon Alpha USB devices--instead of a conventional sound card, with some success. Focusrite has been recommended by others for a similar outboard device.

There does not seem to be any middle of the road internal sound cards anymore. Either you find $19.95 "Soundblaster" type cards, or you find the $200 and up ASI, Digigram or Lynx soundcards

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by lewiscallaway » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:21 pm

It's fine if it costs more, I just need a model that you guys like and that you think will work with Audacity.

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by ChuckG » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:51 pm

If you are looking for balanced audio, there isn't much in the mid-price territory. A few USB offerings from Focusrite, like the
Scarlett, or internal USB cards like ESI's Julia. Both about $200.
The Julia is probably the cheapest way to get +4 balanced audio.
http://www.esi-audio.com/products/julia/
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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by Shane » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:54 pm

I don't know what they've produced lately but Lynx cards we have from at least a generation ago work(ed) well for us. Their breakout pigtail has XLRs. Even the ASIs don't have XLR in/outs or at least ours don't. We take the digital outputs to a sound hub breakout box.
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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by TPT » Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:35 am

The introductory level ASI sound cards (ASI 5211 is the PCI Express version) use a D-connector for output, but they provide a breakout cable with XLR's--

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by dbuckley » Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:40 pm

lewiscallaway wrote:
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:41 pm
(XLR NOT unbalanced crap!!)
There are loads of USB audio devices that will do a fine job, but XLRs will be a problem, only relatively expensive kit has XLR balanced outputs. If you're willing to have balanced out on TRS jack, then there are many more devices that will do nicely, some of which are mentioned in this thread.

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Post by lewiscallaway » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:04 pm

Sorry I wasn't the clearest. Balanced TRS was just fine.

I ordered the ESI Juli@ and I'll report back on how it works. Thanks for your feedback!

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by Shane » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:49 am

Eagerly awaiting your report. Juli was recommended to us for our streaming units.
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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by TPT » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:44 am

I see Amazon carries the Juli device, I see one problem: PCI slot. Difficult to find new computers that have anything beside the PCI-Express slots.

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by KPJL FM » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:10 am

TPT wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:44 am
I see Amazon carries the Juli device, I see one problem: PCI slot. Difficult to find new computers that have anything beside the PCI-Express slots.
Or a new consumer pc with VGA video out connector.
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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by lewiscallaway » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:54 pm

I got the card today and initially it seems to be really good, but I'm just using a small rackmount mixer. I'll be hooking it up at the studio within a week.
It's nice and balanced and levels seemed good, which was the problem we always had with consumer cards. Installation was simple, I had to flip it around to balanced (you unhook part of the card) and then screwed it into the PCI slot. I put in the CD and it installed just fine.

Yes it is PCI, so it's hard to find new computers that have that, but we are using a Dell Optiplex 990 I think. For the other group of stations I work for, we had to custom build computers to fit the ASI cards and work with their PCI connection!

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by lewiscallaway » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:55 pm

At least on the CD, there wasn't a driver for windows 10, but there may be one on their website.

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Re: Production Studio Soundcard

Post by Chris Arnesen » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:42 pm

KPJL FM wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:10 am
Or a new consumer pc with VGA video out connector.
Thank goodness for HDMI to VGA adapters!
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