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But I'll ask it anyway...

I built a Media Server with a big-ass hardrive and an HD TV video card.  
I use the digital output from the on-board sound chip to feed my surround
sound receiver.

So far, so good. 36 inch picure, reasonably good surround sound for audio,
everything is cool.  I watch downloaded movies, listen to my 30 Gigs of
MP3s, etc.

But now I want to use it to record myself playing guitar using some
standard "virtual studio" software. However, the on-board A/D converter
leaves some to be desired, quality-wise, and the recording quality

I've got a couple of decent sound cards laying around, including a Turtle
Beach Santa Cruz and an older SoundBlaster.

So --> Can I install the sound card for input of the microphone, but
continue to use the on-board chip for the digital out to my receiver?  
Yeah, I could just try it.  But if any of you folks know the answer, or
have general tips and tricks, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Re: Dumb Question

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I would go one way or the other but not try both. I have an older Hercules
GTXP that has phone plug inputs, RCA and regular computer-type I/O
(stereo/DSS). I use my monitor output from my amps to input to the external
box to record to HDD. Any decent studio software suite will help you there.
Using two sound cards is a recipe for a lot of problems.


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