Asus Xonar Essence STX
Asus Xonar Essence STX Sound Card
I have an Asus Xonar Essence STX Sound Card. It is an internal Sound Card 'designed for the music enthusiast'.
I am one of the music enthusiasts the propaganda refers to!
I have used other makes and models of sound card over the years ranging from Creative Labs to Realtek.
Honestly I wouldn't look beyond Asus if you are looking for advanced sound manipulation.
I use this sound card for DJing. I use a software program called VirtualDJ (Opens New Window) to mix difference dance tunes together, just like a professional.
To do this you need a good sound card that can handle professional grade headsets and output the clearest, crispest sound possible.
I believe I have found this with this sound card.
If I had a choice of any Sound Card I would go for the Asus Xonar Essence One. It is an market leading external sound card which has Dedicated Volume Controls for headphones and speakers.
Usually you can only change the volume for bother headphones and speakers using the one knob.
Hello Jonathan. Thank you for your contribution. Your time is much appreciated. The sound card you have is at the top end of the market.
The Signal-To-Noise ratio (SNR) of 124db is Industry Leading and reports to reduce much of the interference you get from on board sound cards (64 times clearer!).
I can understand why you want the best sound card for the DJ Mixing you do. The software program you are using looks very complicated. I'm sure it is second nature to you :)
The Asus Xonar Essence One external sound card has slightly better SNR (120db), and being external, does offer additional options such as the ones you described.
However, I think even for your advanced sound requirements your current sound card is more than adequate at this time.