Sound card for Mac Pro (Early 2008)

cledet

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Mar 26, 2012
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I am looking to get a PCIe sound card for my Early 2008 Mac Pro. I was hoping to pick this one up from Amazon. Would any sound card work or is there any specific I need to get?
 

xav8tor

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A school of thought I tend to agree with is to avoid internal sound cards. Pick up a good external USB and/or Firewire interface. The Motu Ultralite Mk3 offers both and I've made absolutely excellent recordings with it. For 25 bucks, you'll be lucky to get what you pay for, unless you don't care about quality/fidelity/noise, specs, etc. Check the audio forum for add'l suggestions that may still offer good quality but are less expensive.
 

flatfoot

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I am looking to get a PCIe sound card for my Early 2008 Mac Pro. I was hoping to pick this one up from Amazon. Would any sound card work or is there any specific I need to get?
That sound card physically doesn't fit the Mac Pro. It's PCI and the Mac Pro has PCIe slots.
 

donw35

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Agreed, your best nap possibly only option is to go with a USB option and of that you many to choose from.
 

initialsBB

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I am looking to get a PCIe sound card for my Early 2008 Mac Pro. I was hoping to pick this one up from Amazon. Would any sound card work or is there any specific I need to get?
You know your Mac Pro had multichannel output over the optical audio, right ?
 

cledet

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Mar 26, 2012
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San Francisco, CA
A school of thought I tend to agree with is to avoid internal sound cards. Pick up a good external USB and/or Firewire interface. The Motu Ultralite Mk3 offers both and I've made absolutely excellent recordings with it. For 25 bucks, you'll be lucky to get what you pay for, unless you don't care about quality/fidelity/noise, specs, etc. Check the audio forum for add'l suggestions that may still offer good quality but are less expensive.
Wasn't considering an external card because I don't want my desk cluttered. I might as well check them out. I heard good things about the Motu Ultralite Mk3 though.


That sound card physically doesn't fit the Mac Pro. It's PCI and the Mac Pro has PCIe slots.
I was convinced this card was PCIe, not PCI. Thanks for pointing that out.

You know your Mac Pro had multichannel output over the optical audio, right ?
Ports on the back do not work anymore.