Do you HAVE to use a Mac Audio card?

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  1. xyian macrumors 6502

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    I have a dual 800 G4 tower and want to continue recording my vinyl
    collection for iTunes and my iPod. Does anybody have any suggestions
    of video cards? I have thought of hooking an iMic up to my stereo but
    that seems kind of cheap so I thought of improving my sound with a
    decent audio card but the Mac cards are all (surprise) expensive.
    Can I just buy a Creative card or something of the sort and get it
    to work in OSX?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Make up your mind -- are you asking about audio or video?

    The iMic will output perfectly acceptable 16-bit 44.1 (CD quality) sound. The built in sound output of the G4 will do so as well, but with a bit more noise.

    An audio interface has to be specifically built for Mac compatibility you cannot use a PC Creative card in a Mac. If you want 5.1 or 7.1, or extra options, you can check out USB attached interfaces like the M-Audio Sonica Theatre.
     
  3. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    Say what? :confused:

    If you mean audio cards then any will work as long as you can find drivers for them. Don't believe any newer Creative card will work on a Mac.
     
  4. giffut macrumors 6502

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    All ...

    ... USB based soundcards from Creative are plug´n´play with OSX since 10.3.

    Core Audio supports most of the features. Only the special things linke EQ settings, may be surround sound may not be usable.

    I myself utilize a soundblaster mp3+, which costs me roughly $25, which is half the price for triple the possibilities compared to the iMic.

    I use it with Logic Express, recording and playthrough.
     
  5. xyian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oops

    Sorry all. I meant audio where the word video slipped in.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yes, the USB ones -- I think the OP was referring to PCI soundcards, rather than external modules
     
  7. xyian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Agreed

    I would rather use a PCI slot since I'm not using any for a sound card rather than the USB solutions. I don't want to buy a hub and a card because then it approaches the price of a PCI sound card.
    Does anyone have any specific cards they know cross platforms?
     
  8. mikeyredk macrumors 65816

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    if your going to convert from Vinyl to CD i would use an external record source since inside the box creates loads of static.
     
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  10. xyian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I like the static sound of vinyl. Isn't that the charm of vinyl?
     
  11. mikeyredk macrumors 65816

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    its not the vinyl static its the radio interference from inside the computer.
     
  12. xyian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I recorded about half of my collection with my old PC and I never had any static issues with those recordings. Do you think there would be some with a Mac? I'm doubting it.
     
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