K.S. Bhaskar on 27 Mar 2011 09:02:25 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Need recommendations for USB sound card

I purchased an M-AUDIO Mobile Pre
(http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MobilePre.html) which works so
far.  My son has not used it for his projects, but I have been using
it to digitize vinyl this weekend using Audacity on a System 76
Starling netbook.  The only annoyance was a low grade ground loop hum,
which I overcome by running the netbook on battery while recording.

I wanted to save the music in ogg, but found that Blackberry doesn't
play ogg.  So for now I am saving in the encumbered mp3 format.  I am
saving each album side as an Audacity project so that in the future I
can export in ogg format when I get a mobile ogg player.

My son will probably use LMMS for his activities.

-- Bhaskar

On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM, K.S. Bhaskar <bhaskar@bhaskars.com> wrote:
> (Although I did audio for my college campus TV station, I am unfortunately a
> complete newbie when it comes to audio with computers.)
> One of my sons (who is in high school) wants to synthesize, record and mix
> music. Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent (not too
> expensive) USB 2.0 sound "card" that works well with Linux? It probably
> needs 3-4 inputs, and appropriate outputs.
> Also, if he wants to access a MIDI keyboard, does he need anything more than
> a USB MIDI cable? In other words, does he need to check about drivers for
> MIDI instruments or is the MIDI interface standard enough to not require
> device drivers?
> He is also concerned about latency of USB 2.0. I have said that in my
> opinion, he shouldn't need to worry for audio - only when / if he gets to
> video does he need to worry about interfaces like Firewire (which his laptop
> doesn't have - it has an eSATA connector, and an HDMI connector, but no
> Firewire).
> Thanks in advance.
> Regards
> -- Bhaskar
> --
> Windows does to computers what smoking does to humans

Windows does to computers what smoking does to humans
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