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musiclee
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Money not being a factor

what is the #1 recommended card to buy
to be most compatible?

Perhaps a good brand that will work on both PC and Mac

presonus? Justin?
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musiclee wrote:Money not being a factor

what is the #1 recommended card to buy
to be most compatible?


There's no such thing as "most compatible." Either it is or it isn't, and it's not strictly a matter of the card, it also depends on the computer. Your chances are best with a card that uses either a TI or VIA chipset. A reputable manufacturer will state what chipset their card uses. If you can't determine that, look elsewhere.

Startech and SIIG are two reputable companies which make cards using either or both of those chips. The VIA is newer and might have a slight edge when working with Windows, but there doesn't seem to be any consensus (or any known problems either) with a Mac.

The best advice here is to buy your card from a dealer who will take it back without a hassle. If what you choose doesn't work, return it and try a different one. And don't believe anyone who tells you that a particular card is best unless he's willing to give you his computer along with it.
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musiclee
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between these 2 Startech Firewire 400 Express Cards, which is best for the SL's?

EC13942 >> TI XIO2200A chipset

EC13942A2 >> VIA VT6315 chipset
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and then the Siig also makes 2 different ones, with these same 2 chipsets
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The StarTech with the XIO series chipsets are what are recommended most often by Presonus. I have one for my HP EliteBook and I know Jason Harris uses the same with his Lenovo laptop. They are your safest bet in my opinion.
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musiclee
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Monolithent

thanks so now...

Would you say
Startech with XIO 2200
or the Siig with XIO 2200. ??

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I have the Startech and I know it works. I really don't see that there could be a difference between it and the SIIG card though. The chipset is the critical piece in any scenario.
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No I'm not a freaking pilot!! The Air Force won't let me have a suit with a zipper...or sometimes shoestrings.

My advice and suggestions should never be considered advice or suggestions. These are mostly insane ramblings of a poor aircraft mechanic who can, strangely enough, still hear.

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Gigabyte motherboard--SYBA TI Firewire XIO2200A--i7 2600k Quad Core--16 GB DDR III--Custom 2U Rackmount--4 TB Raid (all internal SATA II)--19" Samsung HDMI LCD on pivoting VESA 1U Mount
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musiclee wrote:

Would you say
Startech with XIO 2200
or the Siig with XIO 2200. ??



The most important part of this choice is the dealer you buy it from. If you can find a dealer that sells both, check their return/exchange policy. The idea is that you buy one and test it out with your system. If it works, keep it. Job done. If it doesn't work, return it and exchange it for the other. If that doesn't work either, then you have other problems. But you want to be sure that you won't be stuck with a card that you can't use unless you change computers. That's adding insult to real injury.

Really, either one should work, but there's no way to be sure without trying it. And you should be able to TRY it, not get stuck buying it whether it works or not.



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I was going through similar hassle for my laptop, tried this and that, nothing worked, so i got a macbook pro and forgot about all those firewire adapter/chipset problems.

but, my desktop windows pc works ok with SL
(Cubase 6)
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Well, I'll be diddled by the dangling dong of destiny! I was in Best Buy today and I looked around at the laptops that they had on display. NOT A ONE had an ExpressCard slot (or a Firewire port, either). Now this isn't the best place to buy a computer, but they sure had a lot of different models.

I guess it's come to either getting a Macbook Pro, a high grade model from one of the special-purpose builders, one of the couple that Jason mentioned, or an older model.
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Or build your own!!!
http://support.presonus.com

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No I'm not a freaking pilot!! The Air Force won't let me have a suit with a zipper...or sometimes shoestrings.

My advice and suggestions should never be considered advice or suggestions. These are mostly insane ramblings of a poor aircraft mechanic who can, strangely enough, still hear.

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http://www.tigerdirect.com

thats where I do all my shopping for PC's and parts, and they've got a fairly good selection of Express Card having models

musiclee
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i have an "older" HP Pavilion dv2845se

seems like it has Express Card 54 Slot, supports 34,
so i guess it will work?
the included firewire 4 pin is Ricoh, so i'd get the Startech TI chip card.

also is this computer powerful enough to record 16 channels of audio via capture and SL?



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3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 1 notebook expansion port 3, 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin),

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1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
 
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