I'm a little confused about which kind of hardware I should use to convert analog to Digital into my PC.
I'm looking to record guitar, bass, vocals and midi - all tracks individually - into my my Althlon XP 3200 based desktop with 1024 MB RAM running Windows XP. It has both USB 2 and Firewire ports.
I purposely didn't buy a sound card yet, waiting to see what the recording dependencies might be.
I'm recording for fun, but assuming al things go well, might look to do something a little higher quality
So what is the difference between USB/Firewire and PCI based products?
I looked at USB boxes like the Tascam US122
Audio/MIDI Interface, the MAudio Firewire 410
Mobile Recording Interface.
I've also seen PCI cards like Echo Mia MIDI
PC Digital Audio Interface and the RME HDSP 9632
Hammerfall DSP 24/96 Audio PCI card.
And then I've seen the PCI cards with the breakout boxes like the MAudio Delta 66
So what is the difference between them - besides the obvious differences like number of inputs/outputs and cost.
I do not have a preamp for the mics, so will I need phantom power and do most of these types of products have them?
With the USB/Firewire box only, do I need a seperate soundcard?
Does anyone have any recommendations
Thanks in advance.