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Soundcards with front bay/panels and PCI-e cards vs external interfaces

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Minusorange, May 6, 2018.

  1. Minusorange

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 25, 2005

    Posts: 2,361

    What options are there these days for Sound cards with the front bay/panels ?


    One that would actually be an upgrade to the one above preferably with the same input options (mainly want the MIDI port)

    Also is there even any point in buying a PCI-E soundcard to upgrade above when I already have a high quality external audio interface that I just use for recording music, I never really thought about it but it should technically do the same job right ?
  2. Mr Plow


    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

    Posts: 388

    Location: Leigh-On-Sea, Essex

    If you're just after MIDI from it then can you not just use a USB to MIDI interface (something by M-Audio perhaps) to connect your MIDI controller to the PC?
  3. Minusorange

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 25, 2005

    Posts: 2,361

    I've already got an external interface with midi and xlr, I just liked the front panel of the fatality as I found it gave better latency and it's an extra MIDI slot for me, I don't mind losing it but I would prefer a front panel at least so wondering what's out there or is there even any point in upgrading when I already have an interface + the fatality works fine"ish" (I'm not sure if drivers are conflicting as they're custom made since creative stopped supporting)

    The important question is do I need a new soundcard and will it give any additional bonus over my interface, if the interface is sufficient then there's not much point upgrading