Using an external soundcard for your backing tracks

Thanks to John for this question about buying an external soundcard for playing backing tracks through his laptop…

HI, I’M A CUSTOMER OF YOURS AND WONDER COULD YOU ADVISE ME….I HAVE A ACER LAPTOP AND I PLAY MY BACKING TRACKS THROUGH IT,MY SOUND CARD HAS BEEN DAMAGED AND HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT AN EXTERNAL SOUND CARD WOULD BE MORE SUPERIOR.cOULD YOU RECOMMEND ONE KEEPING IN MIND THAT IT IS ONLY USED FOR MY BACKING TRACKS….HOPE YOU CAN HELP….THANKS JOHN

Hi John

Yes, I used a laptop for my backing tracks for many years before moving on to the iPod and I very soon discovered that an external soundcard gave much better results.

It’s a bit confusing that they call these things “soundcards” because they’re not an actual card at all – external soundcards are little boxes which sit at the side of your PC or laptop and connect to it via a USB cable.

There are many makes and models of external soundcards available but if you are only intending using it for singing with your backing tracks in live music venues then you certainly don’t need to go spend fortunes.

You’ll only really hear the extra benefits of a high quality external soundcard if you’re using it in a recording studio environment.

I personally used a Creative soundblaster external soundcard for using my backing tracks with my old laptop at live music gigs for years.

In fact I still have it and it still works perfectly so I would highly recommend a Creative soundblaster external soundcard.