Topic: Out of touch and in need of help please!
Hi nice RME community
I must admit, I am really in need of some advice on my current predicament. Although my PC still performs respectably considering it is 12 years old, I really want to upgrade to a modern PC which is easy, until I get to the sound.
I have a number of analogue and digital synth racks that consume a total of 32 channels of audio (16 stereo pairs). These are fed into two Tascam rack mixers that ultimately result in 2 stereo outputs.
I have, and love, an HDSP 9632, with the
AI4S-192 AIO and AO4S-192 AIO: 4-Channel analog I/O modules. Pretty much every (balanced) input and output is in use, and the card is also used as my PC sound card, with the outputs going to a pair of Focal studio monitors via the balanced outputs.
To be honest, I love this card so much!! The ultra-low noise floor and the amazing sound quality. I have been somewhat paranoid to change it for anything else because of this great engineering and software!!
The 9632 causes big concerns for any new PC build attempt though, as any new motherboard will not have, or correctly support this old PCI card.
I hoped there would simply be a drop-in solution for my setup from RME, featuring the same inputs or even continued compatibility with the I/O modules but that seems to not be the case.
I have investigated housing my current card in an external PCI enclosure like the Star Tech, or an adaptor, but hear nothing but horror stories about these introducing noise or lag.
It seems incredible to me that no PC soundcard seems to exist that offer the same analogue, digital, and MIDI connectivity as the 9632 with the IO modules or I am doing it all wrong? What solution would you advise?