I'm in the process of setting up my home studio, and while I know a bit about music, I've never learned much about recording... until now :shock:
Right now I'm looking at getting a new PCI card, most likely an Audiophile 2496 or Audiophile 192. Then connecting a small mixer. And recording through that.. (guitar, bass, keyboard, mic's)
The main difference I see between the two cards is one has RCA ports and one has balanced 1/4". If I had to guess, I'd say 1/4 is better, but I have no idea why. Can anyone tell me if there is any significant difference to between using balanced/unbalance I/O or RCA vs. 1/4"
It looks like the mixer I was looking at has both RCA & 1/4" ports, so I could really go either way? (FYI: I'm looking at a Soundcraft Compact 4
Any questions or feedback on the issue, or the gear I mentioned would be super appreciated! Thanks for the insight in advance.