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    Recommend sound card with MIDI input or alternative?

    My year-2005 sound card with a front panel interface tie-in went kaput this week. I rely on its MIDI I/O and have been having a hard time finding a replacement. Any suggestions for cards or a MIDI adapter that works with the input common to embedded sound on motherboards?

    This issue has brought up a possibly sticky situation with this forum. That is, the forum doesn't seem to have a hardware area. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good hardware forum? Of course a sound card forum would be nice, but an all-things-PC would be too. TIA Daddy-o

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    I'm not at home, but, I think I have something similar:
    Creative SoundBlaster HD X-F1 usb external Sound something or other
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Seem to be plenty available.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rds&Submit=ENE

    cheers, Paul

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    That's where it is.

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    Thanks, still open for recommendations

    Thanks for showing me the hardware forum. I was in a rush earlier and didn't notice it.

    The picture is of a front panel like mine. The old "Mini MIDI" connections are different from any card I've seen on the market today. My cable is for this interface (with a Yamaha piano.) But I get it, the workaround should just be a cable.

    Finding a MIDI card isn't the problem. The problem is finding a recommendation. "Mini MIDI" is not a prerequisite, I just want something decent. Bundled software would be nice too.


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    WOW

    This looks hopeful: http://www.creative.com/emu/products/usbinterfaces/

    But still, it's going to be a few days before I pull the purchase trigger 'cause I want to get it right.

    Recommendations?

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    Search around for possible issues when used with stock Creative drivers and your OS, you may need to have a workaround ready.

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    Get the self-same one second hand on eBay, why not ?

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    strongly suggest you get an external sound 'card' that runs on usb and never consider an internal card

    if you check the various audio/home recording forums you can find many suggestions for a sound card with midi

    at least two sites have a wizard that asks what you need and then lists the cards that do it

    any of the seller sites should have info that you need
    there are a couple of dozen of them like musicians friend et al

    and of course amazon should list a bunch if you search there

    and music magazine like sound on sound probably has reviewed them to help you pick one

    if google does not turn up something ask again and i will try to find my old list of places i got info from




    Quote Originally Posted by daddy-o View Post
    My year-2005 sound card with a front panel interface tie-in went kaput this week. I rely on its MIDI I/O and have been having a hard time finding a replacement. Any suggestions for cards or a MIDI adapter that works with the input common to embedded sound on motherboards?

    This issue has brought up a possibly sticky situation with this forum. That is, the forum doesn't seem to have a hardware area. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good hardware forum? Of course a sound card forum would be nice, but an all-things-PC would be too. TIA Daddy-o

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    i got the 404

    dont recall if it had midi as i dont use that

    but should be a decent card whatever emu you get

    Quote Originally Posted by daddy-o View Post
    WOW

    This looks hopeful: http://www.creative.com/emu/products/usbinterfaces/

    But still, it's going to be a few days before I pull the purchase trigger 'cause I want to get it right.

    Recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daddy-o View Post
    ....I rely on its MIDI I/O and have been having a hard time finding a replacement. Any suggestions for cards or a MIDI adapter that works with the input common to embedded sound ....
    Assuming you do not want digital inputs this will do what you want:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...e_digital.html
    [available through Amazon as well...B&H my usual go to for AV]
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/view/m-track
    The included Ableton Live Lite which is a very good sub-set of an excellent recording/editing app. Cannot comment about Ignite because I am unfamiliar with it. This does not include a ADC/DAC however so it will be using your onboard audio (which is usually pretty good unless you want to shell out some serious money ($200+) for a soundcard with pristine ADC/DAC chips and circuitry). Otherwise onboard is as good as a cheap soundcard.
    https://storage101.ord1.clouddrive.c...res=1433538247
    Last edited by Fascist Nation; 2015-06-04 at 17:10. Reason: added user manual link

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    Quote Originally Posted by daddy-o View Post
    I just looked at your link. I did not know Creative bought E-MU. Those 0404's should do too. Their lite versions of Cakewalk and Cubase recording/editing apps are very good too. It does include a ADC/DAC; the ADC does a nice job, cannot say about the DAC as I have never heard playback through it. But I guess for MIDI you really don't care about ADC.
    Last edited by Fascist Nation; 2015-06-04 at 17:54.

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