Sound Card Help?

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Posted by Stardivaryinsky on October 23, 2003 at 15:53:15:

I compose in the Classical and pop music genres - what sound card(s) are recommended for realistic sounding instrumentation?

Due to cost restraints I'm leaning towards Creative's Audigy 2 and the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz. I would also like to be able to download as many sounds as possible. Which of the 2 are better and why?

The Santa Cruz doesn't do portemento. Is this also a problem with the Audigy?

I'm looking for a good all around sound card, but it will mainly be used for composing music.

Abit 400FSB Motherboard
AMD XP 2600+ CPU
512 MB DDR400 Memory
Aopen GEFORCE4 64MB MX440 8X AGP Video
Cakewalk Software

BTW: All the reviews I've read only focus on gaming and not the true sounding orchestral instruments.

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