Want to add M-Audio Sound Card to my G4

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  1. Montano macrumors regular

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    Should I go with the PCI internal card, or the USB external card .....and why ? Anyone have experience with M-Audio cards ?
     
  2. maximumjack macrumors newbie

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    i've had an M-audio Delta 66 sound card with an Omni breakout box for about 6 months, and have been very happy with it. It is installed in a Powermac quicksilver 733, and works seemlessly in both OS9 and OSX. The new M-Audio Firewire audio interface also looks very good....so i guess it comes down to whether you want an all in one product, or PCI / Breakout box combo...
     
  3. Montano thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was looking at the Revolution 7.1 to go with my Logitech Z640 speakers. Not sure that I would need a breakout box ?
     
  4. alset macrumors 65816

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    Seriously consider FireWire or PCI. USB works, but it is prone to latency issues (this may not always be the case, but it happens).

    I have heard plenty of negative reviews about M-Audio products and Macs. You may want to look into alternatives.

    Dan

    BTW - Don't be fooled by the 24-bit/96 kHz ads. These specs are great, but they may not make any difference in your rig. When you move a 24-bit/96 kHz recording to CD you will have to downsample/dither to standard 16-bit/44.1 kHz. It's like taking a super high-res photo with your digital camera and then compressing it as a JPEG to send it out on the web: it may work out really well, or it may be noticeably lower quality.
     
  5. maximumjack macrumors newbie

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    are you looking to do multi-track audio / midi recording, or are you just looking for a way to get surround sound out of your mac??

    BTW...I have several M-Audio products, as have friends, and have not had any probs with them working with Macs
     
  6. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    If you have a PowerMac with slots then go for the PCI. It's cheaper and faster.
     
  7. Funkatation macrumors regular

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    Here's a good review of the card...

    http://www.techspot.com/reviews/hardware/revolution71/index.shtml

    They stuck it in a PC, but should be the same experience for the mac.


     
  8. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    I have the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound card. It works very well. I love it. It gets a better sample rate than the Sonica USB ones.
     
  9. andrewlandry macrumors member

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    i have the m-audio duo and the emi 6/2m, by eMagic. getting host applications to recognize the inputs on the duo has been unpredictable. that was true on my iBook and on my Powermac. (the hosts i had problems with were Logic and Peak.)

    i have a feeling that the PCI versions would be a more solid choice at this point - in terms of performance and reliability.
     
  10. Montano thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks !! I believe I will go with the Revolution PCI Card. I'm just looking to improve the sound quality, add surround, and be able to use my Logitech speakers.
     
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  12. donigian macrumors regular

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    I'd recommend internal if possible, but I have a question of my own: What audio cards are out there for the Mac? Is it possible to use the Audigy2 series (and, yes, I know, not the best, all the crap...)?
     
  13. springscansing macrumors 6502a

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    PCI > USB.
    Almost anything > Audigy2
    Almost anything > M-Audio's drivers

    That should clear things up, heh.
     
  14. donigian macrumors regular

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    Proof?
     

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