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Ryan
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2006-11-19, 13:41

I need to run a piece of software called Room EQ Wizard which requires better audio capabilities than what I have built into my PowerBook. I've heard reports that REW works well with various USB soundcards on Windows, so I'm wondering what similar devices work well on the Mac? All I need is basic line-level input/output.

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A soundcard (internal or USB external) which supports full duplex operation (simultaneous replay and recording) with line inputs and outputs. Inexpensive soundcards are typically adequate, a reference measurement is used to remove the soundcard's frequency response from the measurement. Examples of USB soundcards which have been found to work well are the Soundblaster MP3+, Soundblaster Live! 24-bit USB External and the M-Audio MobilePre-USB. Note that microphone inputs are NOT suitable and should not be used.
Has anyone used the Soundblaster Live with the Mac? Is that what I'm looking for? REW is a Java application which uses Core Audio for its input and the Java Sound Engine for output, FWIW.
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colivigan
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2006-11-19, 14:27

iMic2? Not sure about the full duplex bit.
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Ryan
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2006-11-19, 14:49

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iMic2? Not sure about the full duplex bit.
That seems like it should work. Perhaps I'll give it a try and if it doesn't work I'll return it and try something else.

edit: It appears the SoundBlaster Live is about the minimum for running this app, so now I just need to know if it works well with the Mac. Anyone out there use it? I assume it would, but i'd rather know for sure.

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rampancy
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2006-11-20, 01:33

If you can still find them, you could try the Griffin PowerWave... I've also seen the Edirol UA-1EX, which might also be what you could use.

I've seen some comments on using the SoundBlaster Live USB version xlr8yourmac; in general, they seem to be pretty positive.

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Ryan
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2006-11-20, 09:01

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If you can still find them, you could try the Griffin PowerWave... I've also seen the Edirol UA-1EX, which might also be what you could use.

I've seen some comments on using the SoundBlaster Live USB version xlr8yourmac; in general, they seem to be pretty positive.
Thanks. Soundblaster Live it is.
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