For note, asio4all still causes latency on the most modern hardware with onboard processors. I thought we could all but do away with our tascams when we got our music dept some i5's full of RAM but nope. I highly recommend avoiding using onboard sound cards. I can't see why anyone would get better results with a cheap sound card than onboard but definitely better with proper equipment.
Thanks for your replies everyone, its given me a lot to think about. Im thinking just to rule it out, to buy an audio interface just to see if/how much of a difference it makes before shelling out on new kit..
Give me a PM if you want some suggestions that balance budget and performance :-)
Originally Posted by jjohnsoncantell
@jjohnsoncantell what did you end up going with ?
I am in the same position, looking at alternative USB sound cards to replacing a very old lab thats running Cubase 4, 6 and Reason #ohthefunihavewiththat
Those little focusrite scarlett 2 in 2 out interfaces are beautiful! and very reasonably priced.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 at Studiospares
They're shy of a hundred quid, but are just right for music tech labs.
Again, let me know if you want some help going through options? :)
We are doing the following:
2x VeryPC D4 workstations, core i7, 16gb ram, 160gb ssd, 2tb hdd.
one has a focusrite rednet dante card to interface with our yamaha cl1 console, protools 11, and sibelius and also a focusrite scarlett 2i2 as mentioned above, it also runs asio4all.
The other has the internal audio card running asio4all, protools 11, sibelius, and an MBox midi which is linked to the cl1 console, a nord midi keyboard, a kurweil stage piano and alesis dm10 drumkit.
We had a few quotes in so far and the focusrite seem to be quite popular. Its changed a little in that we are now considering macs for garageband and dualbooting them for normal it lesson use. Still no definite decision though