Sound Card for quality sound

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Gordon Abbot, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Gordon Abbot

    Gordon Abbot Guest

    I am a Newbie copying some vhs tapes to dvd (old 1930 musicals) that
    already have some sound issues so want to have no loss of the sound
    quality in the dvd.

    Currently I have the generic Soundblaster Audio PCI card. The sound is
    acceptable for spoken words but music, especially voice, comes out just
    a bit on the higher treble side, slightly "tinny".

    Couple of questions - is there a way to adjust the treble and bass on
    this card? (Volume is no issue.)

    Or should I pull it and install a better card- if so, which card will
    give quality and control of the output?

    System- win98se, 1.2 gig athlon, wintv2000 PCI capture card (composite
    source so pass through line in audio), but separate sourceforge btvid
    driver, with Ulead Movie Factory capture, cd quality. (BTW, gives
    exceptional image quality, sound is only issue.) Burn with Nero.

    GA
     
    Gordon Abbot, Jan 7, 2004
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    Bill Van Dyk Guest

    Both Terratec and M-Audio make cards that, so I am told, have much better
    sound quality than Sound Blaster.

    I am thinking of getting one myself-- I'm not sure, but I think the Sound
    Blaster cards I've been using sound bad. Some experts certainly think they
    sound bad.

    If I understand correctly, however, the sound of a DV stream is not
    affected by any processing done by the sound card, which is simply playing
    back the audio from a file. If that's true, then I would guess that any
    processing of the sound might mean it is rerendered, which means it might
    be affected the quality of your equipment, software, and audio codecs.

    In other words, I am also interested in more information on this subject.

    1. is the audio altered in any way in the process from camera to DVD on
    your computer?
    2. does the sound card play any role in the quality of the final sound?
    3. will a better sound card improve the quality of sound on your video
    production?
     
    Bill Van Dyk, Jan 7, 2004
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  3. : Both Terratec and M-Audio make cards that, so I am told, have much better
    : sound quality than Sound Blaster.

    This is correct. I use M-Audio Audiophile 2496 and the sound quality is
    exceptionally good. I did a video capture with LifeView FlyVideo 3000FM routing
    an audio signal through M-Audio. I did NOT have any slight sync problems for
    an hour long video. I didn't even use the option "Adjust video to audio". I'll
    be looking forward to checking out new Terratec Aureon 7.1 Universe for my
    audio projects.


    : 3. will a better sound card improve the quality of sound on your video
    : production?


    If capture from analog through soundcard, of course it will.

    : Gordon Abbot wrote:
    :> System- win98se, 1.2 gig athlon, wintv2000 PCI capture card (composite
    :> source so pass through line in audio), but separate sourceforge btvid
    :> driver, with Ulead Movie Factory capture, cd quality. (BTW, gives
    :> exceptional image quality, sound is only issue.) Burn with Nero.

    I'll have to debate. I replaced my WinTV card with lifeview to get the better
    image quality.

    --Leonid
     
    Leonid Makarovsky, Jan 8, 2004
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