Hi Josh,

Yes, this is a super deal. Mackie is a good audio company. I've used and specified their products for years. I've been out of the biz for long enough that I didn't know about this one.


73, Jim K9YC

On 8/12/2017 2:23 PM, Josh wrote:
Completely agree re ext USB audio.

No specific endorsement of this model, just an example that there are many high quality (I'd call 
this "prosumer") USB interfaces for remarkably low prices. Mackie is a well respected 
pro audio company & this interface on sale $69. Might have to get or make patch cables as it's 
1/4" phone.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/stupid?source=3TP5DNB&mscr=2084068_38175

Considering the availability of pro quality for comparable prices, I'd opt for 
something like this or from other similar companies like Tascam, etc (see 
K9YC's list) over a consumer Sound Blaster.

73,
Josh W6XU

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On Aug 12, 2017, at 9:06 AM, Neil Zampella <ne...@techie.com> wrote:

FWIW ... I do a lot of JT65/JT9/FT8 digital, and I would definitely suggest 
getting an external USB soundcard for such work.

1.  It eliminates the probably of transmitting any OS sounds/beeps/alarms along 
with your digital audio.
2.  Provides good isolation capabilities
3.  While I'm assuming most built-in laptop soundcards can provide the 48kHz 
DVD quality playback/recording you need for programs like WSJT-X, you 
definitely will have that in many of the external soundcards.     I use a Sound 
Blaster SBX proaudio soundcard I got a Amazon for around $60-65.  I've used it 
with my IC-715, and KX3 without any issues.

Neil, KN3ILZ
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