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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I've a HP mini-note book and I need an external USB sound card that meets the following criteria's
-works with ECM8000. That requires it to have phantom power
-is Vista 32-bit/64-bit compatible.

People here seems to use M-Audio pre but some people does not seem to like it.

E-MU Tracker Pre USB 2.0 is priced lower than M-Audio and has the features that I need.

I searched the forum and could not find anybody using it. Is there a problem with this sound card.

One stupid question. I plan to buy SVS AS-EQ1 and was wondering if that will be compatible with REW? If its compatible then I don't need to buy USB sound card

My setup consist of
Integra DTC-9.8
Outlaw Amp
SVS PB2+ sub
Salk Song Speakers

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Hey Tony,
I cannot post the link (due to low post count) but the E-MU specs says that it has the Phantom Power.
Would this not work with REW and ECM8000 mic.

E-MU Tracker Pre USB 2.0 Features:

24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters (A/D and D/A: 112dB measured SNR performance) deliver USB audio fidelity, gold-plated connectors for better audio quality
Preamplified analog signals are available before the A/D converters, allowing the Tracker Pre to be used as a standalone stereo microphone preamp (using optional power supply)
Hardware zero-latency direct monitoring (mono or stereo) with continuously variable level control
Plug-and-play operation with hands-on control of all major functions like direct monitoring level, headphone level, preamplifier gain, and more
Independent ground lift switches for optimal audio fidelity/flexibility
USB bus powered (can also be powered using optional 5V power supply)
Two Class-A ultra-low noise Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamplifiers
Cross-platform support (Mac OS X and Windows XP32/XP64/Vista32/Vista64) and compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications (ASIO2, WDM, MME, Apple Core Audio and Core MIDI supported)
Signal Level & Clip indicators
Left/Right Gain controls
Direct Monitor level control
Direct Monitor On/Off & Mono-Stereo Switch
Headphone jack
Headphone Level control
5 VDC Power Adapter (optional)
Phantom Power on/off switch
2 balanced outputs
2 unbalanced TRS insert jacks
Hi-Z/Line/Mic inputs
1/8" Stereo Mic input

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Yes I think it should work but I've been unable to find anybody who is using it.
Since I'm new to all this I want to buy a tried and tested product.

Is there a comprehensive list of USB sound cards that are compatible with REW?
Upon reading i found a few
-M-Audio Fast Track
-Sound Blaster

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Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
My goal is to minimize the number of components required to use REW.
Here is the list that I think I need to take REW measurements
- USB Soundcard with Phantom Power
- Behringer ECM8000 Mic
- XLR Mic Cable
- Mic Stand
- RS SPL meter

Is there anything i'm missing from the list?

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Thanks guys for your responses. I'm all set right now with REW.
I bought a emu 0404 usb with ECM8000 mic and have been pleased with the result.

I also have the AS-EQ1 since the past week and have used it numerous time to compare the graphs.
REW has been of tremendous help in acheiving what I want. It has also been a great troubleshooting tool for the issue i was having with AS-EQ1 level matching (although it was my mistake).
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