Recent Mac sound cards for PCI slot?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by princealfie, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. princealfie macrumors 68030

    princealfie

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    Are there any good Mac sound cards for a PCI slot? I know about the M-audio but I am looking for some awesome sound quality for audiophile. And I am picky about sound in case you want to know that.

    Audiophile sound cards please? And no gaming cards, I don't care for bass. I want accurate sound to the tee.
     
  2. pm7300 macrumors newbie

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    PCI soundcard

    Hi
    I know it's slightly unbelievable, but I'm still home recording and editing with an old Emagic Audiowerk8 2nd generation chip, 18 bit/50Khz fitted in a PCI slot in my Powermac G4 dual 1,42 Mac OS X 10.4.8
    The driver was not for version newer than 10.2, but it works flawlessy!
    I bought it some years ago with Logic Audio 4 under OS9, but it is still working well with Logic Express.
    The system deals with this card as it was native, ans sound preferences
    can address the in/out perfectly, despite Emagic told me the card was made for OS9, and no support for OS X. Of course there are now better sound cards
    but I saved my money!
    Rob:apple:
     
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040

    Killyp

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    How serious are you looking at editing? There are some great cards and chips ranging from anywhere between £150 and several thousand...
     
  4. Sesshi macrumors G3

    Sesshi

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    Firewire is a better bet in my opinion - it means you can recycle the soundcard regardless of an upgrade. If you buy a PCI card and your already superannuated PCI-slotted Mac dies and you decide to move to a Mac Pro or a laptop that's it, time for new card. With a Firewire interface you don't have that concern, and as an audio carrying medium Firewire (400 or 800, especially if you're more or less always in 44.1/16-bit stereo) is good. I recommend the RME Fireface - and despite the unnecessary number of IO's for a non-pro I'd recommend the 800 over the 400. Word clock, multiple routing possibilities, excellent DAC performance, stable driver performance, blah blah. If that's a bit rich, the Presonus Firebox is worth a look.
     

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