I’m somewhat new to forums and blogs sites, but there’s a lot of you out there with lots of Audio knowledge & experience. I’m currently involved in some mid-level audio systems work myself and look forward to starting my own audio business.
With that said, I would like to hear your thoughts or opinions on adding an Amplifier & DAC to PC’s? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on Audio Software that costs $50 - $150?
I currently own two (2) Amps & DACs:
- Creative Sound BlasterX G5
- FiiO E10K OLYMPUS 2
There both solid products that produce quality sound, but I’d like to add some good Audio Software at value price.
•WHAT’ ABOUT SETTING CHANGES IN WIN’10?
I appreciate any advice and hope to offer feedback on topics I’m familiar with!
Honestly I have a stage amp I use with good stage speakers to get a perfect flat tone when I need it in music production. 400 bucks and you have the same thing tbh. I think DAC’s are a little over rated, tube amps too, and I think you’d do a lot better to get a sound card with an amp built into it.
I have a sound blaster live! that does the job all too well and I bet you can find a pcie version (mine is pci) for like 30 bucks. Be wary though windows 10 might fuss.
I would just look for a sound card with a dac in it though. I already have tools all over my desk I don’t need extra stupid shit on it.
This works for me:
- Tascam US-322 External Audio Interface (now old, there are newer versions, also tascam don’t care about linux compatibility windows and mac only)
However I am upgrading from this soon with:
- Focusrite 2i4 (2nd gen)
JDS Labs - O2 - Headphone amplifier
A custom configuration from main website (I tried various headphone amps from amazon and they either didn’t go loud enough, couldn’t power the headphones I had or had some kind of electric noise. After a lot of audio forum discussions I found this one and a lot of people praised them, and now so do I).
Edifier S730 2.1
IMO a good quality 2.1 system, I pref quality 2.1 systems over 5.1 & 7.1 any day
Headphones: HD650 & AKG K712pro
A completely different audio experience with each, can be very interesting to listen to your audio creations on each, the AKG will really show up poor sample quality).
- Oxygen 49 USB Keyboard
- Nektar Impact LX88 Controller Keyboard
- Novation Launchpad Music Controller (with 64 Keys)
FL Studio or Abelton, I pref’ FL Studio. There are multiple editions of each, note if you go with FL Studio you get free upgrades for LIFE. FLStudio can be as cheap as £90 or really expensive with the complete bundle, producer version is best value imo.