The Echo Gina3G interface gives you 2 universal inputs with preamps, 6 balanced analog outs, and a headphone output. ADAT lightpipe, optical and coaxial S/PDIF, and MIDI are included as well; so as yo... Read More
The Echo Gina3G interface gives you 2 universal inputs with preamps, 6 balanced analog outs, and a headphone output. ADAT lightpipe, optical and coaxial S/PDIF, and MIDI are included as well; so as your studio grows, Gina3G will be able to work with all your new audio equipment. The Echo Gina3G comes with an 8' cable and PCI card that connects to the audio interface. It is compatible with PCI-X (3.3 or 5 volt) motherboards and Power Mac G5 computers as well as older systems.
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The biggest problem with digital audio recording regardless of the software you use is Latency, Clicks & Pops (LCP) in the data stream. And if you're like me, you don't want to deal with technical BS, you just want to be able to capture your music. LCP problems can drive you nuts because you have to reach a certain level of understanding of the mechanics in order to deal with them. But once you get it, then I promise, the results are sweet! I had a current Creative Audio Card (XFi Titanium) and I struggled for weeks with it. Then I purchased a Line 6 POD X3 Live for my Strat because it had USB and ASIO drivers. Again, I struggled for weeks with clicks, pops, and latency. Any setting I tried with either driver resulted in mediocre quality audio tracks. Both devices touted ASIO drivers, 96KHz, 24bit processing capability and because there is such a huge amount of variability when setting parameters in DAWs, I thought it was just something in the settings I wasn't doing right. I tried every conceivable permutation of setting combinations I could think of. I tried Auto, Manual, and External Monitoring with dozens of different sample rates, buffer sizes, compensation, offset and connectivity configuration...nothing worked well. The only positive was that I was beginning to understand how the bit stream behaved and how the technology manipulated it. This went on for about 2 months. Finally however, I purchased an interface specifically made for musician: GINA3G, Echo Audio's latest installment of their Gina interface. I purchased this because I don't need tons of inputs and outputs, but I wanted the very latest technology with studio grade specifications. G3G has all the input\output variety you'll need, just not a lot of them. For my needs, GINA3G is the perfect match to my Propellerhead software. I now record at setting that far exceed what was attainable on the Creative card or POD X3. I record at 96KHz with a 2,048 buffer size and zero latency. I didn't even have to mess with the additional "alignment" setting. All I selected was the Sample Rate and the buffer size and the G3G and my software did the rest. I could even go higher with the buffer size, but haven't experimented with that. I purchased a quality set of headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50) that I use to monitor the recording with. The phones are plugged into the G3G, my POD X3 has a SPDIF out connected to the SPDIF in on the G3G. The G3G interfaces with the computer through a 8 foot cable connected via a PCI card. I use a 96KHz stereo signal from the POD to the Propellerhead Record software that results in a crystal clear recording. The G3G driver selected in Record delivers all of the tracks including the track I'm recording straight to my headphones with every single audio feature (effect sends and all devices) in perfect alignment and clarity. I am not restricted whatsoever with this device...it's just perfect. And of course there is balanced analog or digital out for outboard amplification if you don't like using headphones.
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