Log in
Log in

Create an account


Thread Hardware for Computer Interface

  • 1 comment
  • 2 participants
  • 0 follower
1 Hardware for Computer Interface
Hey all. I am brand new to recording, but not new to music. Let me explain my problem

I've been seriously into music for 9 years now. I play acoustic, electric and bass guitar as well as drums. This year I went all out and bought a set of Roland V's (electronic drums), which have midi ins and outs. With it I bought a mixing desk, and 2 self amplified 150 watt speakers. Needless to say I can't move much in my room and I love it.

Now since I play all the instruments I have I would like to start recording the instruments separately and make my own songs. This would be great practice for me as I am supposed to be drumming for 2 or 3 bands and there is nothing like playing WITH instruments when you are a drummer.

So I have a computer (and I am a programmer - so I know my computers very well) and I have the mixing desk to plug the instruments into. I also could potentially use the midi ins and outs of the drum set. The only problem is getting from the desk/midi to the computer - I'm pretty good with software and have some recording programs in mind (similar to cakewalk - only free).

I need help in finding a fully EXTERNAL (i.e. not connected to the computer in any way OTHER than a USB interface) sound card that supports MIDI ins and outs. In addition to this I must be able to input from a 1/4 inch jack or some other connection coming from the desk for mic's and guitars. I DO NOT WANT TO USE MINI TO 1/4 CONVERTERS ON THE CARD!!!

To see what kind of thing I want, just do a google search for EXTIGY. This piece of hardware is perfect save one fallout - it has no 1/4 inch jack input, only the mini jack input. If you can see a way of me connecting the sound desk to the extigy with the available connections, I'll love you forever.

Please help, I'm such a newbie at this specific thing, but I know what I want. I also know what I don't want. I want a portable EXTERNAL sound card that supports midi and some form of input from a mixing desk or the standard 1/4 jack inputs and outputs.

Midi's are a must
1/4 inch not needed if I can get from the mixing desk in another way - if there are 1/4 inch ins I don't need to use the mixing desk

I think the easiest way to have 1/4", (6mm) inputs into the soundcard u mentioned (i did google it looks nice)
but wouldnt it be easier to just make yourself a connection 'box' like a 'DI' box i.e. 1/4" (6mm) inputs with mini (3mm) formm the box to the card. Has to be a better setup than those little (mini 3mm) convertors (that always fail at the mos inopertiune moment). At the very least if you make it you can gaurantee the work.