used to have an okay little set using an emu1820m card with Sx3 and a home built pc, which, due to circumstances have not really touched for 5 years.
now i need to upgrade/rebuild etc.
its just for home studio use these days, reasonable price, couple of ins and outs. just for demo’s and compositions, nothing professional, but obviously as good as possible quality.
i’ll be running it on windows 7, the emu card struggled a bit when i upgraded from Xp,so not sure if its had its day or whether to persevere, trying to install it on old drivers to a new system
gonna get cubase 6 (possible artist version)
so, with a decent upgraded PC(which will be used mainly as a DAW) with only one PCI slot, should i be looking for a pci or usb 2 external card ?
only looking to spend £100-175 for the soundcard.
when i research the USB devices most of them are described as ‘audio interfaces’. i cant work out whether this means thats all they are, a means of plugging in audio devices to record or do they take some of the processing duties away from the CPU, as my old emu used to do?
so are usb audio interfaces external soundcards or do i have to read the small print?
i’ve had a look at m-audio.emu,tascam, yamaha, presonus, motu USB devices in this price range and i’m a bit unsure still.
any recommendations for this price range ?
should i stick to PCI or is a usb 2 device the way to go ?
any advice welcomed