I really hope someone can help!
I write a lot of music and I use my Audiophile 2496, which I love. The two outputs from the soundcard are connected to my Behringer mixer, and the outputs of the mixer go to my studio monitors. (Of course outputs of the mixer also go into the two inputs of the sound card to allow hard disk recording).
However, I have recently got into gaming and I want to invest in a 5.1 soundcard, along with the requisite 6 speakers.
My question is, is there a soundcard which will allow me to play 5.1 surround sound games AND is also decent enough to allow me to record audio - but, and here's the thing I haven't been able to work out, will still allow me to route a left and right signal to my mixer (when I am recording audio), which I can then monitor soley via my studio monitors?
Or would I have to monitor using 6 surround sound speakers, which would be ridiculous?
In summary, when I am writing music, I want the left and right signals to route only to my mixer and therefore via my two monitors, and when I am playing games, I want the sound to be routed via the 6 surround sound speakers.
Is such a set up achievable?
Your help would be very much appreciated!