I recently got a NuMedia2 sound card for my Centris at home. This gives me
16-bit stereo in and out, plus a digital signal processor that I intend to
learn how to program at some stage. I've got QuickTime 2.0 installed with
QuickTime Musical Instruments and the Multimedia Tuner 2.0.1.
I tried playing some QuickTime movies that I had previously created from a
bunch of MIDI files before I got the NuMedia2 card, and I noticed that the
quality of the instruments wasn't all that wonderful--they sounded
By contrast, I tried speaking some text with different voices using the
Speech Manager, and there was a definite difference in quality between the
Macintalk Pro voices and the Macintalk 2/3 ones--the latter had that
typical 8-bit background noise, while the former were very clear (apart
from interesting clicks whenever there was a pause in the speech).
The output from the NuMedia2 was connected to an NAD 3020e amp feeding a
pair of Infinity RS2001 speakers. (I'm not rich...)
Are those QuickTime Musical Instruments samples really only 8 bits in quality?
enjoying having 3 sound inputs (2x8-bit mono, 1x16-bit stereo) and 2 sound
outputs (1x8-bit stereo, 1x16-bit stereo) on one machine