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#1467405 - 07/03/10 04:25 AM Soundcard for a notebook
Daren Offline
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Registered: 05/11/03
Posts: 243
Loc: Staffordshire,England
Ive downloaded pianoteq play and the free ASIO4all to my new laptop and I have connected my roland Hp207 using a direct usb connection ,however I dont think the built in soundcard is good enough because I get a disturbing squelchy computor like noise when I play pianoteq and even when im using my mouse and opening up programmes.I hear this especially when using headphones.

What would be a good but not to expensive usb soundcard to use with my laptop and doing this way would I be rid of the noises I hear.

Any advice will be very appreciated.

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#1467436 - 07/03/10 06:25 AM Re: Soundcard for a notebook [Re: Daren]
hpeterh Offline
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Registered: 01/26/10
Posts: 824
Loc: Germany

I get these noises also, when I use the USB MIDI connection.
I dont get the noises when I use a dedicated USB MIDI interface.
MIDI is optical isolated.

You can check this in advance if you interrupt the USB connection and play a midi file on your PC.

If you get an external soundcard and if this is not internally isolated, then there is some probability that this will not solve the problem.


Edited by hpeterh (07/03/10 06:34 AM)
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#1467640 - 07/03/10 02:47 PM Re: Soundcard for a notebook [Re: hpeterh]
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Posts: 300
Loc: MA, USA
I have the Presonus Audiobox for a couple weeks now and it seems to be a pretty good unit, although I haven't really had it long enough to be giving anyone a definitive recommendation just yet. But I'm happy so far...

#1467643 - 07/03/10 02:48 PM Re: Soundcard for a notebook [Re: blueston]
blueston Offline
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I should add it cost about $130-150 and it did get rid of a noise I was getting with Quantum Leap pianos, but again I've only used it a couple times so far.

#1467668 - 07/03/10 03:31 PM Re: Soundcard for a notebook [Re: Daren]
Daren Offline
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Registered: 05/11/03
Posts: 243
Loc: Staffordshire,England
I have actualy managed to get rid of the noise now.What I had to do was go into speakers utility and under levels tab I had to turn off the pc speaker button and now it works perfect.

#1467879 - 07/04/10 12:59 AM Re: Soundcard for a notebook [Re: Daren]
curtisrollo Offline
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Registered: 03/21/07
Posts: 53
Loc: Los Angeles
I would suggest for the best quality sound output to get a USB interface. I use the Emu 0404 (http://www.emu.com/products/product.asp?product=15185). There's a whole genre of USB interfaces like this all around $200. However, it also depends on your computer system. On one of my older computers, I still can't load some of the higher-samples (Alicia's Keys) without static.

#1467957 - 07/04/10 05:53 AM Re: Soundcard for a notebook [Re: curtisrollo]
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 384
Loc: Pennsylvania
I second the EMU 0404 recommendation. I use it with a fairly capable laptop, but once the settings are appropriate for the software [in this case Garritan Steinway most recently], I don't get the snap, crackle and pop any more. Good box.

BTW: I stil use my Casio AP-45's default piano sound 90% of the time. With headphoes, I like it better than the newer Casio sample series. I love my AP-45 and have had it for 2 1/2 years now without a hiccup.

Good luck.
Baldwin M
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#1468125 - 07/04/10 12:43 PM Re: Soundcard for a notebook [Re: Daren]
Daren Offline
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Registered: 05/11/03
Posts: 243
Loc: Staffordshire,England
I connected my H2 zoom which can be used as a audio interface to my laptop via usb.The sound quality is greatly improved when using windows media player and using headphones plugged into the zoom,but for some reason I cant seem to play pianoteq through this divice,which seems strange,if anybody can explain why that is,I dont understand or im missing something.


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