Hi Everyone, I've read through a majority of the posts on this forum and tried to take the info that would be relevant to my situation. Still I feel I can't find the base info to get me started on my way. My situation is such, I am planning to buy a new computer dedicated strictly for audio recording and production. It will be a PC based comp. I need to know the specs and namebrands to look for in order to match what I need. Goals: - To do all facets of music creation/production through a computer -- That includes recording, efx, mixing, mastering - I do not plan on doing any live show work, so I don't need a mobile setup. - MOST sounds will be coming from samples, not live recording. -- At this stage, I am not interested in recording Vocals/drums/guitar/etc.... Just finding/utilizing/manipulating samples. - I don't need many inputs as one input at a time will suffice - I need the computer system to be able to 'comfortably' run 6-8 audio wave channels as well as midi/vst samples without the program freezing or breaking up. - Be able to have full-duplex recording --- full range sound of playback audio as well recording audio. From what I've been reading, certain choices seem to pop up. Here are the varying factors involved. I'm hoping someone can clarify to me which is best. COMPUTER CPU Intel or AMD -- The verdict seems to overwhelmingly be Intel which is fine with me Single or Dual processor -- Choice seems to be dual Processor speeds -- Not sure on this, if going the dual processor route - what should I be looking at a minimum for both processors? Motherboards -- What motherboards go with your suggested processors? HARDDRIVE Type -- I hear Maxtor and WD are not the best. If not, then which ones? Size -- Seems like having 2 HD is important (1 for OS & 1 for Audio programs and samples). Also I assume 120GB HD for OS & 200GB HD for audio stuff should suffice? Other -- Does the HD have to have certain specs for how fast it reads? Does this affect latency issues? RAM Size -- Again, I'm assuming more is better. For the suggested processors and mobo, what type and amount of ram would do? VIDEO CARDS Does this choice impact computer audio functions and performance? If so, what suggestions and/or makes? SOUNDCARD I keep hearing the Tascam and M-Box names being bandied about. I'll explain what I'm going to be using, please let me know your suggestions. My minimum needs: - MIDI so that I can run a keyboard controller Inputs - 1 XLR - to run a mic in - 1/4" - I don't have gear that has that type connection - 2 RCA - To run a tape deck/VCR/DVD sources in Outputs - 2 RCA - To run to a receiver for speaker output - Output for Headphones SOFTWARE As I've heard alot about Reason, i've been informed that it wouldn't be able to provide everything I need. I need: - To be able to sequence audio waves, virtual synths - Have Efx plugins of all types - be able to mix all elements - Need an excellent sample program (in the vein of the akai mpc series), able to chop efficiently, has alot of efx(time stretch,filters,etc.), able to map out samples on keys to play and add to sequence - Mastering program(s) In regards to software, a friend of mine suggested the combination of Ableton Live and Reason would suffice. Based on these loose headings, I would hope to get tech specifics/brands for me to research and look into seriously. I am planning to go to a music store in the coming days to do more research, but I'm not sure how much info they have on computer requirements.