I'm debating with myself weather to purchase one or the other.
Here's my dilly of a stupid question
I keep reading that breakout boxes are instrumental in elimating the "noise" associated with direct sound card recording.
Here's the thing. I see no definitions of what "noise" is supposed to be
Noise can be actual audio contamination, like the hum of the PC's innards, but it can also be RF interference. I can see a strong argument for either meaning.
Here's the thing, if I get a sound card with optical digital inputs and plug into that (instead of say phono or coax) won't that make either noise issue moot?
I'm thinking that since my HD studio has optical outs on it, that I'll get a soundcard with optical ins. Light shouldn't be effected by RF or extraneous sounds, should it?
To further cement my moron status, I'll ask the next gem:
As long as I'm using digital I/O does audio interference matter even if it isn't optical? Couldn't I get anything with simple S/PDIF and never fear that my cooling fans will bleed into my mix?