Internal sound cards are a great upgrade if you want your games and movies to sound better – or if you’re interested in audio production. They use PCI or PCI-Express connections, and have 2.0, 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 port configurations on their backplates. These don’t have to be an expensive upgrade, but make sure you’ve got a spare slot on your motherboard first.
Used when internal computer space is limited or when using a laptop / netbook. These external sound cards connect using via USB and provide all the features and functionality of internal units. Check individual product to confirm specifications.
Firewire interfaces come in two varieties, Firewire 400 (1394a) which use a 6pin connector and Firewire 800 (1394b) which use a 9 pin connector. Most Firewire interfaces offer lower audio latency than many USB units and many can be used with Apple's Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter. You can use Firewire 400 devices on a Firewire 800 connection using a 9pin to 6 pin adapter cable. Firewire interfaces are still very popular in the audio industry, as it is possible for some of them to be daisy chained together for high track counts. Firewire can sometimes be a compatibility minefield on windows, Scan Pro Audio's technical department has an enormous multi manufacturer knowledge base for firewire compatibility, so please feel free to ask us when you are planning a purchase.
These devices are designed for internal fitment to your PC's motherboard. Giving your computer system a sound output supporting a wide range of configurations. These include 2.0, 2.1, 5.1 & 7.1. Essential for the music lovers, gamers and movie enthusiasts. The interface of these sound cards are either PCI or PCIe, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
PCI based audio interfaces are internal sound cards fitted inside your system. Whilst not as portable as the USB & Firewire variants they can offer slightly better latency in some situations due to the direct connection to the motherboard and the drivers having more direct control over the hardware.
Thunderbolt interfaces use an extremely fast connection to not only offer very low latency audio, but many also offer dedicated DSP processing, which wont put any load on your CPU.
USB & Firewire audio interfaces offer high quality inputs and outputs for recording and playing back your audio. With the added advantage of being easy to transport and move between systems, they are a popular solution for performers wishing to have a single high quality interface they can move between the studio and stage with ease.