In the world of computer music production, soundcards can make or break a song. If you possess a bad soundcard, your production will suffer. Good soundcards alone, however, do not make a great song, but do however greatly aid a composer in production. A listener will also benifit from superior sound hardware. Without the proper hardware, a composer can even encounter times when certain instruments or file sizes are unavailable.
You should choose a soundcard that fits your budget, but also fits your needs. A soundcard can be one of the most important purchases you will ever make for your PC. We certainly can not cover every sound card, so we will only cover the MAJOR sound cards used by trackers and listeners. The two most popular, the Gravis Ultra Sound and the Sound Blaster AWE32 will receive the most coverage, and we recommend either one of these as your choice in amateur composition.