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1.2. Sound Card Connections

Audio interfaces and MIDI interfaces can both use the following connection methods. In this section, "sound card" means "audio interface or MIDI interface."

1.2.1. Integrated into the Motherboard

Integrated sound cards are built into a computer's motherboard. The quality of audio produced by these sound cards has been increasing, and they are sufficient for most non-professional computer audio work. If you want a professional-sounding audio interface, or if you want to connect high-quality devices, then we recommend an additional audio interface.
MIDI interfaces are rarely integrated into a motherboard.