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Best sound card for Vdrum MIDI hookup?

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  • Best sound card for Vdrum MIDI hookup?

    I am getting BFD2 or Superior 2 in order to play my Roland TD12 realtime through my computer (with headphones), and it will be hooked up with a Midisport Uno. What is a good sound card for under $250 that I can get good sound quality with for my Vdrums? Keep in mind I also play alot of games, so I would want it to handle game sounds well too. Thanks! By the way I currently have an Audigy 4 soundcard, which I hear isn't good enough to handle vDrums.
    Last edited by X14Halo; 12-15-08, 07:01 PM.
    TD-12, KD-120, CY15, CY14.

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    http://www.zzounds.com/item--MDOAP2496

    http://www.zzounds.com/item--MDOAP192

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    • #3
      Hi,

      I think your best bet would be to buy what ever you think would suit your gaming (these days, any $40 sound card) and then get some kind of firewire/USB2 external audio interface. I have an Edirol (Roland) M-16DX Digital Mixer with a built in audio interface. It's more than your budget, but I think there are plenty of options that would meet your budget. There are loads of keyboards out there that act as audio interfaces too. BTW...I'm getting the BFD2 upgrade for xmas...can't wait.

      http://www.rolandus.com/products/pro...x?ParentId=114

      http://www.midiman.net/index.php?do=...y&ID=recording

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      • #4
        so how would the audio interface work? I would connect my drums to the MIDI of the audio interface, and then listen with headphones through the audio interface too? So my soundcard wont come into play at all? Keep in mind I already have a Midisport Uno to connect the MIDI of my drums to the USB of my computer.
        Last edited by X14Halo; 12-15-08, 10:12 PM.
        TD-12, KD-120, CY15, CY14.

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        • #5
          hey... I found this thread on this forum. Maybe it will help you out. I always assumed I could just use the USB connection to hook my td9 brain into BFD on my laptop, but I've not tried it yet. I'll send you a note once I get it working after Xmas.

          http://vdrums.dreamhosters.com/forum...ad.php?t=38860

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          • #6
            I think the TD-9 only allows for usb-mass storage hosting (ie reading a flash drive), not also as a midi connection.

            Also, I'd recomend PCI rather than FW/USB where possible.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ige87 View Post
              I think the TD-9 only allows for usb-mass storage hosting (ie reading a flash drive), not also as a midi connection.

              Also, I'd recomend PCI rather than FW/USB where possible.
              That's correct--you can only use the USB port on the TD-9 for mass storage devices.

              And I don't think it's fair to lump USB and FireWire interfaces together. USB can do the job, but I'd rank it lowest in terms of reliability (generally only works really well once you iron out all the kinks in your system). PCI devices works well, but for serious audio use, I'd suggest a card that uses an external breakout box (you want your D/A conversion and analog audio outputs to be as far removed from all the EM noise found inside a case). For simplicity and portability, I'd suggest a FireWire interface. This is exactly the type of thing the bus was designed for, and it has nowhere near the system overhead/latency issues that USB-based systems can have. Plus, by its nature it's removed from the EM noise of the case.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Abecedary View Post
                For simplicity and portability, I'd suggest a FireWire interface. This is exactly the type of thing the bus was designed for, and it has nowhere near the system overhead/latency issues that USB-based systems can have.
                Yes, fair point about the portability. However, the OP is using a desktop, so I don't think thats one of the key concerns. Also on this point, lots of PCs don't have firewire as standard. So, that means a PCI card is required anyway. Further to that, I've heard lots of stories where certain FW chipsets just dont work with audio devices. I seem to remember something about HP, but whether it was that they are brilliant or useless, I can't remember.

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