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Are there any way to use 2 different sound card at the same time in a computer? I want to play some different sounds on both cards at the same time, or record something on mic on both cards at same time.

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by:RogueAce
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If you configure the cards to be different Addresses, IRQs, DMAs, etc., I guess you could. This is made much easire by Plug and Play. Most newer cards worth the metal in their circuits have Asyncronous Playback/Recording, allowing you to play and record at the same time, should the desire strike you. I can't see why you would want two different cards, but if you do put two in, you'll probably want to disable the joysick port on one of em. Those little things can give you way more trouble than theyre worth.
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by:kschang
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The answer is NO, but you CAN get a multi-channel sound card, because Windows only allows one active at a time. Guillemot has one called called MaxiStudio ISIS, which supports 8 channel IN and 4 OUT.

http://www.guillemot.com/northamerica/index.html, click on PRODUCTS, then scroll down to AUDIO.
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by:Asta Cu
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Are you trying to do sound-on-sound type of recording?  My thinking is that you can create sounds on your existing card, and modify them by adding tracks and/or using mediaplayer or the like to playback and record.  I've also created/editted sound files where I play guitar, then add piano, then add voice, etc... all via one sound card, but varying software interfaces and techniques.

Sure wouldn't recommend more than one sound card, though, with all the limitations which still exist in resources (irqs/dmas etc).

Perhaps if you tell us a little more about what all you're trying to do, more creative thinkers will pop forth with added possibilities and ideas.
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And when you reject a answer, you should at least provide an explanation... How else would we know what direction you DO or do not want to go?
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Sorry kschang, I was little mistake when I reject your answer, say something and you'll get points!

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by:crojas
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The only thing you can do with 2 different sound cards is using one for playback and one for recording at the same time, it work only if the 2 sound cards do not conflict between them. Because even if a sound card is PnP normally some of them do not work in other IRQ different from 5.
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That is true, crojas. Thank you for correcting me. I was only suggesting ways you could MAYBE use two different sound cards. I certainly do not RECOMMEND using two.
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