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Windows 7: How do you guys feel about having 2 sound cards at once

20 Dec 2009   #11
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
In most cases you can only have one "default" device for any sound function. e,g, if you select one sound card for "playback" then you won't hear any "playback" on the other sound card (or Integrated Audio chip).
And the only way around that is if the program(s) you are using have the option in them to select an audio device other than the Windows default (Winamp for example does). And even then there is no guarantee that it will work.


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20 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
In most cases you can only have one "default" device for any sound function. e,g, if you select one sound card for "playback" then you won't hear any "playback" on the other sound card (or Integrated Audio chip).

I guess that depends on the software, most programs I use, (Sound Forge, Cubase, Winamp) all have driver setup panels that allow use of any audio device available to the system.

One of the main reasons for a separate audio card is sound, almost any third party audio hardware, whether pcie, pci, usb or firewire, sounds cleaner and more accurate than the $2 audio chip built into the MB.

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20 Dec 2009   #13

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Yea i really want it for my speakers. i hate that i have to turn my knob more than half way out to get the sound pumping, when i put it on my xonar and its a bit of the way up and its blaring along with better quality.
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20 Dec 2009   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I guess I technically have 4 sound output devices:

Onboard VIA Vinyl VT1708B - rear speaker jack & front headphone jack
Chaintech AV-710 - main speaker jack & HQ Alt out speaker jack

VIA Vinyl can be linked output or separate, AV-710 are separate outputs. Also both have Mic & Linein inputs.
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20 Dec 2009   #15

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have my main PC set up for recording and have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 firewire audio recording interface BUT it is ONLY for Sonar, not for "regular" PC sound.
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20 Dec 2009   #16

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

i guess im going to give it a shot, see how it runs for a while, if i start having any problems i know where to point 2
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