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Old 4th October 2012, 05:40 AM   #1
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My old FastTrack Pro has stopped working. Does anyone have a suggestion for a decent quality USB soundcard for measurement use? Budget is that I'd like to spend as little as possible, but I am willing to spend a little more if the quality justifies it. I already have spdif output, and do not need spdif input in the foreseeable future, so I only need analog connectors.
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Old 4th October 2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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The Echo2 is excellent- more features than you probably need, though.
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Old 11th October 2012, 12:57 AM   #3
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I am trying an E-MU 0204 for this purpose. Then adding notch filter as needed.
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Old 11th October 2012, 01:04 AM   #4
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I use a M-Audio Transit, it's a good one.


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I'm using a RME FF400 - excellent
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Old 13th October 2012, 07:24 PM   #6
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I have Audiophile 192 and for mesurament purposes is prety noisy being internal PCI
big bump at mains frequency probably due to my set up

So I am looking as well
EMU 0202 came up as with low noise -125 dB but after making the mistake with the Audiophile I need same help

I got told that EMU drivers are a pain to install

So sorry to hi jack this tread, but if any is using sound card for test rig let me know please
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Old 14th October 2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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After posting last night I had another look at my set up.

I found the source of the mains bump which was caused by the PC monitor after I unploughed those this is what I have

I/O connected with Loop back
Signal generator off.
Pink noise
at -10dB

I still wonder if an external sound card like E-MU 0202 can do better?
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File Type: pdf Audiophile noise0001.PDF (177.2 KB, 60 views)

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Old 15th October 2012, 05:12 PM   #8
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Looking at the E-MU boxes myself, they seem like a good deal for basic measurement needs. Any owners here who could give some feedback on these units?
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Old 15th October 2012, 05:24 PM   #9
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Looking at the E-MU boxes myself, they seem like a good deal for basic measurement needs. Any owners here who could give some feedback on these units?
100 % with this so please help

E-MU 0202 is the one I am tempted to buy as sems that noise level is about

Only snag I have been told are Creative Labs Drivers problems.

Any sound card that can do better on noise?
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Old 15th October 2012, 06:06 PM   #10
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This thread might help.

I would not recommend the Tascam USB interface I purchased because the E-MU product seems to be much better for around the same price.

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