A soundcard is a piece of hardware device found inside a computer, that processes sounds. Any software that generates, record or edit sounds relies on the soundcard of a PC for it to operate or function properly.
For example sound generating computer programs like the media players (which plays the audio and video files on our PC), Computer Games, music studio softwares and voice recording programs, web applications like YouTube, music streaming websites etc relies on the soundcard of a PC to operate (function) properly. Without a soundcard, your PC won’t be able to generate or record any sound and so you won,t be able to use sound generating or recording programs and web applications like YouTube, Itune etc.
Why you need a good soundcard to make instrumentals and record vocals on your PC.
The soundcards found in most consumer PC, were specifically designed for normal music and video playback and not for heavy tasks like music production (song recording). For you to be able to record vocals and acoustic instruments, manipulate sounds, for you need to buy a specialize sound card for your PC.
Disadvantages of using poor soundcard for music production.
When you record vocals or play a MIDI keyboard on a PC with a poor soundcard, you will always experience a latency problem. For those of you who don,t know, latency is a slight delayance in recording. When you record a song on a PC with a poor sound card, your vocals will always be out of sync with the instrumental. The same thing also happens when you play a MIDI keyboard. When you play a MIDI keyboard on a PC with a poor sound card there will always be a slight delayance between the time a key is pressed on your MIDI keyboard and the time sound is generated… due to that, your MIDI keyboard recordings will always be out of sync with the drum rhythm.
This latency problem occurs due to the fact that a poor PC sound card doesn’t process and generates sound quickly like the specialized recording soundcards (found in the recording studio laptops). Like i told you before, the sound cards found in consumer PCs were specifically designed for normal music and video playback and not for recording or making instrumentals.
Risk of Damaging your PC’s sound card.
When you constantly record or make intrumentals on a pc with a poor soundcard, you stand a risk of damaging the sound card of your PC. Like i said before, without a soundcard, your PC wont generate any sound. So after the sound card of your PC is damaged, you won,t be able to listen to music on your PC or use any program that depends on sound.