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Chapter 10. Pet Sounds: Upgrading Sound ... > Upgrade #4: Adding an Audio Interfac...

Upgrade #4: Adding an Audio Interface Box

If you're into home recording, you'll want more inputs than you get with a typical consumer-grade sound card. For example, if you want to connect a couple of MIDI keyboards, a guitar, and some microphones, you're pretty much out of luck with your standard Sound Blaster-type card.

What you need, in this instance, is a professional-quality audio interface box—sometimes called a breakout box. These boxes connect to your PC (typically via the ubiquitous USB port; sometimes via Firewire) and provide a variety of different audio inputs—line level RCA, XLR, 1/4-inch, S/PDIF digital, MIDI, and so on.


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