Options to replace M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 SoundCard - For PC DAW Midi2Wave Render

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by Gary Looney, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Gary Looney

    Gary Looney n00bie

    Feb 11, 2018
    Options to replace M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 Sound Card.

    M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 Sound Card physical connections:
    1/ Mic/Preamp (rca output) connected to card (rca in).
    2/ Pioneer Amp (rca input) connected to card (rca output).
    ( When recording vocals through 'rca in', I connect head phone to 'rca out' for vocal sync with music)

    It is a very basic use compared to the requirement of live multi channel studio.
    Hoping someone who knows the available products can chime in with ideas.

    I use the soundcard to:
    1/ Render Midi Tracks to high quality wave on PC via DAW Software.
    2/ Record high quality vocal from single external mic and preamp.
    3/ Mix down wave in Cubase and save as player compatible wave.

    I sometimes use the highest quality/resolution settings of Sound Card on song tracks,
    before a final mix down with playable settings.

    Could do with a little guidance on the quality or suitability of other Sound Cards or USB type systems.

    The death of old sound card, ended up costing me a new computer.
    Long story, but the short of it is a lot less money for replacement.

    The basic requirement is Stereo RCA input and output with as much quality possible on budget.
    Similar to M-Audio Audiophile.

    The fear is I don't understand product workings and get the wrong type.
    Like how is a USB connected Sound Device used by Cubase or KonTakt?

    What can you tell me?

    Gary (AU)
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2018
  2. margrave

    margrave [H]Lite

    Feb 15, 2018
    I use a Presonus Audiobox. It has two mic/guitar inputs, or you can choose from models with four or more inputs.
    I chose it because it has MIDI inputs for my piano, and digital-to-audio output for rendered sound from my VSTs.

    In Windows it presents as a MIDI input device and an audio interface device for input and output.
    I set Kontakt (or other VST host) to use it for audio output (with the supplied ASIO driver).

    It used to retail for $150. It retails closer to $100 today.
    I got a used Presonus on Ebay seven years ago for $76. It worked on Windows XP, then Win 7, now Win 10.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2018
  3. Gary Looney

    Gary Looney n00bie

    Feb 11, 2018
    Thanks for the suggestion, I will check it out