Mixer as a soundcard

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Mixer as a soundcard

Post by igotsoul » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:20 pm

Good or bad idea? some opinions and some info to put me in the right direction, please!
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Re: Mixer as a soundcard

Post by John Clees » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:26 am

can you be more specific with potential model types and set up ...

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Re: Mixer as a soundcard

Post by igotsoul » Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:18 pm

Laptop to xone 32 to rokit 6
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Re: Mixer as a soundcard

Post by John Clees » Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:03 pm

perhaps I'm not understanding the question, but you're saying you want to skip the quality of the audio source and get a DJ mixer to be able to manipulate a stock computer sound coming then?

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Re: Mixer as a soundcard

Post by igotsoul » Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:52 pm

i'm asking if i can use the mixer instead of buying a sound card
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Re: Mixer as a soundcard

Post by Themis » Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:36 pm

you dont have to buy a soundcard .. there is already one built in your laptop .. how do you think your laptop plays sound without a soundcard?!

if you just want to use your KRK speakers, just but a cable from your headphone out (laptop) to the cinch inputs of the mixer.

or you could even not use the mixer at all, and just put a cable from the laptop into the speakers, cause i think they also have cinch or klinke inputs

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Re: Mixer as a soundcard

Post by John Clees » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:44 pm

igotsoul wrote:i'm asking if i can use the mixer instead of buying a sound card


so I am correct. I didn't want to assume or answer before I was sure of your question.

having a great mixer is a nice asset, however you are skipping the quality of the sound to be able to change it later. traditionally speaking you'd want to get the source of the audio higher with a better sound card first before adding on the additional expense for a mixer. perhaps ask yourself - which has more of your energy? producing or dj'ing - and perhaps that could help you decide on your question. perhaps the real question is on a sound test, how much different a stock soundcard that you computers comes with vs. a real sound card. as Themis mentions you technically already have one.

It would be completely unorthodox, but sure you could do it. who's to say you may fall into your own custom sound that way?

Having a mixing also gives you the option to manipulate sound afterwards and also serves as a dull purpose if your goal was also to obtain one for djing purposes. you can get 24-bit/48kHz sound cards for like $80 now as well so even if you did annie up for a great mixer first you could also add a cheap sound card later and have the best of both worlds.

this was actually an amazing sound card for the price I got years ago, and actually used for my live set in moscow. I think back back when I bought it, it was around $120. now it's less than half of what I paid.

Lexicon Alpha - - 24-bit/48kHz $49
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ ... oC2pjw_wcB

also as mentioend you wouldn't need a dj mixer for a sound card for your computer. I assume you want to use the effects on the dj mixer or something? just really depends on the set up and goal. producing vs. dj. producing you'd want to get at least an i5 speed, then good sound card, then speakers, then plug in's or keyboards, then add an analog mixer.

you asking about keeping stock surrounding pc, getting a dj mix, so the order doesn't make sense really but everyone has their own way.

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Re: Mixer as a soundcard

Post by igotsoul » Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:25 am

Thank you for your answers and i didnt express myself correctly (sorry about that)

I already have the mixer, krks and strong pc, i just wanted to know if i can skip the good soundcard for production purposes (i guess not)
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