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Computer Sound Cards

A standard personal computer outfitted with a sound card and appropriate software can function much like a digital audio sampler. The setup is much like that of a sampler, though generally much more functionality can be obtained due to the unconstrained user interface. Sound files can be edited graphically and played back at will. Sounds can be recorded at the touch of a key, and played back just as easily.

A significant disadvantage to most sound cards is that they are typically of low quality. Large amounts of hiss, hum, and background noise can be extremely detrimental to the overall quality of sound. More costly sound cards yield much better sound, but the very best cost close to $1000 at the time of this writing.

Even inexpensive PC sound cards can still serve as useful tools. With the right software, a PC and a sound card can form a powerful audio editing station. Sounds can be captured, manipulated in many ways, and processed for burning on to CD or playback on a digital sampler.


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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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