Un Information wrote on 2020-06-22, 02:58:
Hello, I've looking into this for the past few days. I've found out about the Sound Blaster Audigy RX, but I heard it's pretty terrible (anyone got confirmation?). Does anyone know of a list for a modern sound card with MIDI synth? It doesn't have to be a sound card that emulates the sound of older ones, in fact I'm not necessarily looking for that kind of thing either. I would appreciate any help, thanks.
Hello Un Information,
please specify two things:
1. What sound cards do you call modern? Can it be a PCI device, or only a PCIe/USB one? Does it have to work with Windows 8-10, or Windows 7 is also fine for you? Does it have to provide modern quality of DAC/ADC (>100 dB SNR) or will you use digital connections anyway?
2. What do you call a MIDI synth? In retrogaming context this stands for a wavetable GM synth (as I understood from reading the Vogons forum), but strictly speaking this can refer to any device that produces sound in response to MIDI messages. Equivalent questions in some sense are: what type of synth are you looking for, or what purpose will it have to fulfil? Playing games (makes little sense in modern environment, as older games won't run in it), listening to MIDI files (from games or just random ones?), playing live on a MIDI keyboard (with which type of sounds?), composing music (which genres?), or something else?
The list of available options may change entirely depending on your answers.