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Dual Sound Cards Versus Single Full Duplex Cards
« on: March 25, 2009, 06:11:00 PM »
OK, I'm almost embarrased to ask this but -

I currently use Cakewalk Guitar Studio 2 and Surreal Systems Synth Software for a home recording studio.  Old, but comfortable like an old pair of shoes.

Cakewalk GS2 requires the use of W98 with NT4.0 and will work with new versions of Windows as long as NT is in there, apparently it's not with Vista since I can't even install it using the Compatability Wizard, not sure which Windows versions it will work with after W98, though.  Surreal will only use W95 or W98, not certain if it requires NT as well.

I'm comfortable using W98 for this but one of the drawbacks is with using a single duplex soundcard - audio already recorded will not play back when recording new audio tracks.  I've checked and checked and while there's full duplex cards out there that allow playback and recording of audio at the same time, none of the newer ones will work with W98.

My question is this - if I just add another single duplex sound card that's compatible with W98 (probably an external card), is it as simple as then choosing one of the sound cards for input/recording and the other for simultaneous playback?

Ideally, I'd love to find a full duplex external sound card that functions under W98 so that's a possibility as well if anyone has any ideas or sources.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give me !