On 17 July 2019, I lost my custom-built computer (it was consumed in the fire which burnt down my house). The computer ran Windows 7, Finale 2014* , most of the Garritan libraries, and used a Lynx 2 sound card, which, while excellent, is no longer in production.
I compose large orchestral-choral works which use immense amounts of ram, require immense amounts of memory, and in which extreme quality of sound is always a requirement. I do not intend make live recordings with my new computer, but I do intend to write many more large orchestral-choral works and use Finale/Garritan to achieve recordings that, as closely as possible, sound like a real orchestra playing my music in a real symphony hall.
I seek advice about professional level, exquisite sound quality sound cards. What are people using in their systems, and how so?
Thank you for your time and interest.
Note: I will have a full size MIDI keyboard connected to a MIDISPORT 4x4 which will be connected to my computer, with RCA/XLR connections to the stereo system that plays the Finale scores/recordings.
*My computer did not satisfactorily run Finale post 2014.5. Also, I noticed that certain sound stage features and instrumental sounds that came with Finale 2014 are not in later versions of Finale. For these reasons, I feel Finale 2014 is the best version of Finale extant, at least for me.