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    Red face Sound Card Suggestions???

    Hello Everyone,
    Since I am trying to put together a virtual pipe organ, sometimes my computer will give me the error message that I don't have enough SD RAM on my sound card. I am going to get more memory, but I think I would also like to upgrade my sound card...perhaps to an external one.

    Here are my computer specs:
    Dell XPS 1710 laptop
    Intel 2 CUP T7600 @ 2.33 GHz (Dual Processors)
    142 GB HD
    2 GB Memory
    SigmaTel HD Codec
    SB Audigy Advanced MB

    We had this laptop custom built in November 2007 with the idea in mind that I would be using it for multi-media, mainly making and editing movies.

    Now, of course, I find that in addition to movies, I want this machine to be primarily for MIDI music (doesn't it figure?).

    Does anyone have any suggestions for what type of soundcard might be best for using either MyOrgan or Hauptwerk? I will probably wind up purchasing Hauptwerk. I have looked at their specs and recommendations, but when it comes to soundcards, it is rather nebulous to me.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    I use and external E-MU 0404 with MyOrgan.
    No problems, works great.

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    Thanks

    I appreciate the info. I'll research it.

    Stephen

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    hi Greatcyber,

    i'm a Hauptwerk user and started first with my soundblaster audigy2 zs pro, but the sound was nothing compared to the audio samples on the web.
    A friend had a spare Focusrite Saffire, and gave it a try.
    The sound improved by 100%
    The instrument sounds as it is recorded.

    It's not a cheap card, but when you can afford hauptwerk this is a good buy ( perhaps have a look at e-bay...)

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    Thank you, Hans, I will definitely look into it. I realize that I need to purchase a high end audio card. I was already thinking along the line of firewire.


    Stephen

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatcyber View Post
    Thank you, Hans, I will definitely look into it. I realize that I need to purchase a high end audio card. I was already thinking along the line of firewire.


    Stephen
    High end audio? phui! quite using PCs ... these work without added hardware vexing your wallet.

    http://www.apple.com/imac/

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    I sure wish we had gotten an apple when we had Dell build the laptop for us last year. Knowing that I wanted to do heavy multimedia, this laptop costs just under $5K! It is a great machine, but I don't think I would ever get another pc. When it's time to replace this, it's GOING to be an apple.

    Stephen

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