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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / How modern is your sound card?

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Aug 25th, 2019 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think my RME HDSP 9652 is at least 12 years old.
The only reason I would replace it is if a new PC didn't have a PCI slot.
It's a great card... 26 in and out and RME is still supporting it.
What you got?

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U.S. - Virginia

Aug 25th, 2019 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I had run on an RME MADI card for just a year, but I don't think too many people now are running internal interfaces as USB/T-Bolt devices have taken off so much. Mine was interfacing for a Lynx Aurora 16.

I've got a T-bolt Lynx Aurora(n)8 channel now. I only got it because the caps when dead in 8 of the 16 channels on the old one, and that repair would be hundreds. So I traded it towards the new (n) version, and I can tell you as far as conversion goes, there pretty much isn't anything better sounding IMO.

If the HDSP is still kicking, stick with it.

I had an issue with my RME card and support was condescending and a-holeish. Lynx on the other hand is almost like having your own personal tech. I'll never go back FWIW.

FDP Data Goon

She hath it all,

& hath no need of thee.
Aug 26th, 2019 02:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sound cards are pretty much....dead as mentioned.

My interface is a few years old now (Tascam US-16x08 (16 in/8 out).

Does the job admirably, mic pres are decent enough.

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 26th, 2019 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a Delta 44 (?) back in the Vegas/Win 98 days. Ever since it's been USB for me, currently an Avid Eleven Rack or Mbox.

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Las Vegas NV

Can't complain but sometimes I still do
Aug 26th, 2019 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just getting my computer set-up finished (if there is such a thing as finished), running a new FocusRite 18i8 second generation.

I'm not in a position of experience to say too much about it other than it is impressive to me so far.

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Houston, TX

Sep 3rd, 2019 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got a Lynx E44 earlier this year to get back to PCI-E after years of using external MOTU interfaces.

Love the converters, and to me internal is still the way to go for maximum reliability with minimum latency. I expect to get years out of this. If I need more channels, I'll get an Aurora with an internal AES card as I am trying to avoid USB/Tbolt/FW/etc despite the convenience.

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U.S. - Virginia

Sep 3rd, 2019 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Lynx stuff is top notch.

FWIW, they have gotten their round trip latency sub 1ms on their TB interfaces. Though I will say when I was on the PCIe RME MADI card, I could get lower, but only but something like half a millisecond. YMMV.

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Houston, TX

Sep 4th, 2019 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

"FWIW, they have gotten their round trip latency sub 1ms on their TB interfaces."

I appreciate that, but TB would require a whole new computer and this 10-yr-old i7 is still going strong. ;-)

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U.S. - Virginia

Sep 4th, 2019 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yup. Not really a suggestion to upgrade, just pointing out the state of the tech now.

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