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December 6, 2011 2:51:32 PM

hey guys, im looking to get a stand alone audio card that will run on a regular PCI slot or one of those mini PCI slots. it needs a Midi in and out, optics, headphone amp. most of the bells and whistles. $150 dollar budget.

thanks in advance.

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December 6, 2011 3:07:41 PM

Do you mean in a x1 PCIe slot (small white slot that you called a mini PCI slot)? What make and model of motherboard are you using? Also, is this for gaming, music, etc? Also what kind of speakers are you using (want to use)?
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December 7, 2011 3:16:19 PM

Look at the Asus Xonar series...as above COLGeek, you need to tell of your specific needs, for us to help you better. Cheers.
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December 7, 2011 4:18:31 PM

I know that some ASUS cards still have a midi port as an attachment, but they are getting REALLY hard to find these days...
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December 8, 2011 12:53:57 PM

my PC specs are in my profile.
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December 8, 2011 1:08:32 PM

Is this for gaming, music, etc? Also what kind of speakers are you using (want to use)?

We still need this info as well.

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December 8, 2011 10:20:50 PM

im using a denon AVC 1610 5.1 surround. everything , gaming , music, music composition.
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December 9, 2011 1:12:41 AM

this;
http://www.esi-audio.com/products/julia/

or this;
http://www.esi-audio.com/products/maya44xte/

but looking at prev posts...you'll most likely choose the former :) 
http://www.djdeals.com/esiJULI@.htm

* honestly, the last good card creative made were the audigy 2's. I had the Audigy 2 Platinum and that was for gaming->music listening->dj'ing->music composing(though my friends used it more than me :) . And most people jsut scream of horrible support from creative.
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December 9, 2011 5:46:39 AM

I think you'll only find midi cards for good old pci (not express).

I'd look at the HT-Omega and M-Audio line ups.

If you go for a non-midi pci-e card. Either get a regular creativelabs x-fi titanium (don't spend over $80) or better yet an Asus Xonar DX.

You could also try looking for a midi to usb adapter. That way you wouldn't need it on the sound card.
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December 9, 2011 12:22:34 PM

I have a Midi to USB adapter already. it words decent enough. yeah maybe i will take a look at the asus lot. and just keep using my mini to usb. it runs my Yamaha p-80 digital piano really well with mixcraft 5
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