I have a little question. A friend of mine is making music with ableton live 8.1 and reason 5. First, he had a Creative Audigy 2 (with midi gameport) internal card. I replaced he's card for a Creative Music inernal card with front bay (X-Fi) because I thought that one would be better.
Now he thinks the Audigy 2 was a better card.
can someone tell me if this is true according to the specs?
What creative card is better for audio/midi creation?
the specs for XtremeMusic
Technical Specifications ■24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at 96kHz sample rate ■24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources at 96kHz to analog 7.1 speaker output ■24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of stereo digital sources at 192kHz to stereo output ■16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz ■ASIO 2.0 support with direct monitoring at 16 and 24-bit at sample rates of 44.1/48/88.22 and 96kHz ■Enhanced SoundFont support at up to 24-bit resolution Audio Performance (Rated Output @ 2Vrms, Typical Value) ■Signal-to-Noise Ratio (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted) ◦Stereo Output 109dB ◦Front and Rear Channels 109dB ◦Center, Subwoofer and Side Channels 109dB ■Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (20kHz Low-pass filter) = 0.004% ■Frequency Response (+/-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input) = <10Hz to 46kHz ■Frequency Response (Stereo only) (+/-3dB, 24-bit/192kHz input) = <10Hz to 88kHz Connectivity ■FlexiJack (Digital In / Digital Out / Line In / Microphone) via 3.50 mm minijack ■Line level out (Front / Rear / Center / Subwoofer / Rear Center) via 3.50 mm minijacks ■AUX_IN line-level analog input via 4-pin Molex connector on card ■One External AD_Link (26 pin) connector for linking to the X-Fi I/O Console (upgrade option) ■One Internal AD_Ext connector for linking to the X-Fi I/O Drive (upgrade option)
The specs for Audigy 2
Audio Performance Signal-to-Noise Ratio with AES17 filter (A-Weighted) 2V Rated Output 1V Rated Output Stereo Output 106dB 102dB Front and Rear Channels 106dB 102dB Center, Subwoofer and Rear Center ~90dB ~86dB Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted) = 0.004% (1V, 2V Rated Output) Frequency Response (+/-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ) = <10Hz to 46kHz (1V, 2V Rated Output) High Definition Audio Quality for Playback and Recording 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion during playback with sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz in 5.1 mode and up to 192kHz in stereo mode 24-bit Analog to Digital conversion during recording in 8, 16 or 24-bit at sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz SPDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) input at up to 24-bit/ 96kHz quality SPDIF output up to 24-bit at 48 or 96kHz ASIO drivers for low latency (=2ms) multi-track playback and recording at 16-bit/48kHz) Wave-Table Synthesis and Midi Features Creative Hardware synthesizer (2x16 Channels) with 64-voice polyphony featuring E-MU®'s patented 8-point interpolation technology for accurate sample reproduction Creative Software synthesizer - multi timbral wave-table (16 Channels) SB1394™ Connectivity IEEE® 1394 / FireWire® / i-Link® compatible interface with up to 400Mbps transfer rate Sound Blaster Audigy 2 On-Board Connectors Line level out (Front / Rear / Center / Subwoofer /Rear Center) Digital Out for 5.1 support (6-channel SPDIF Output) Line in Microphone in SB1394™/ FireWire® port Telephone Answering Device in Analog / Digital CD Audio in 15-pin MIDI / Joystick port extension header Internal SB1394 header to Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Internal Drive (Upgrade Option) AD_EXT extension header to th