[MPA] Audio Interface Advice?

Jay Shaffer jshaf at jayshaffer.com
Fri Jan 23 14:24:53 PST 2004

The real issue is the quality of the A to D converters Most brands of 
audio interfaces use an Analog Devices chip. So in spite of claimed 
differences a $99 stereo card is pretty much as as good as a $500 
stereo card.
If you have a good turntable pre amp hook it to a 24bit 96Khz interface 
and you are probably good to go.
If you are  really rich you can  spend thousands of dollars on 
"audiophile" gear for inperceptable differences in final quality.
But as an recording engineer for many years experience. Careful 
recording technique is worth a lot more than expensive gear.
Let  me recommend Audacity as a sound editor for restoring your old 
78RPMs it has a noise sampling and reduction effect ala Ray Gun and 
it's free.
Jay Shaffer
Mac Audio Guy
mag at macaudioguy.com

On Jan 22, 2004, at 6:09 PM, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> I'm looking to replace my current system for doing Audio work.  
> Currently I
> have a PowerMac 8500/180 with 160MB RAM, a Echo Audio Darla24 
> Soundcard,
> and I'm using Bias Peak 2.x (2.1 I think, it's about 4 years old), and 
> the
> RayGun plugin for cleaning up audio.  I've also got a Serial Midiman 
> Midi
> interface, and a cheap Yamaha keyboard (I never have gotten around to 
> using
> these, they were bought on a whim to see how MIDI works).
> When I put the system together, my main system was the brand new 
> G4/450 AGP.
> I replaced that system about two months ago with a G5 2x2.  I'm 
> thinking
> that I might as well let the G5 2x2 handle the audio work, I've 
> already got
> it setup for doing video, and I'll be wanting the Audio tools for that 
> as
> well as normal audio work.
> Besides using the tools some for home video (with FCE, and DVD SP2), 
> the
> real use will be for doing archival copies of things 78's and the 
> like.  As
> part of the upgrade I plan on getting an Esoteric Sound turntable (most
> likely the ATEN 16" model).
> Given the use, I want pretty much as high of quality audio interface 
> as I
> can get.  How good of quality is the G5's onboard digital audio 
> interface?
> What sort of interfaces would people recommend?
> 			Zane
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