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PC configuration.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Nakatani, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. Nakatani

    Nakatani Guest

    Hi , im new here.

    Im going to upgrade my pc and i got some questions about hardware:

    is Intel Core2Duo E4500 enough ?
    how much of RAM should i get?
    what audio card should i get?
    does the mobo metters?

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    sorry about my english , please someone help-me!

  2. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    If this is an entirely new project, third question, first, will help decide the others. Decide what interface, and what software you want to use with it.

    Once you know that, research forums for that interface and software to see what people are using, and what works well, and doesn't. Maybe narrow it down to 2 or 3 interfaces, and a couple main software packages. Search all those, and see who is using which software with which interface.

    That should eventually narrow down the choices to a couple that seem to work OK.

    Before you even do that, though, you'll have to envision how you want to work. And, you need to consider your budget.

    Are MIDI tracks important, or not? Will it be just all audio recording?
    How deep do you want to go down the rabbit-hole with features? How many audio tracks and effects do you anticipate needing at once? These questions will narrow down the software packages.

    How may audio tracks do you want to record simultaneously? 2? 4? 8 or more? Do you want internal, adjustable preamps, with or without XLR mic inputs? Is a simpler interface with 1/4" TRS switchable-level, balanced/unbalanced jacks enough?
    Should it have a MIDI interface? Should it have SPDIF? Should it have Word Clock capabilities? Do you need any of that? If you don't know what all that is, research them. You may find you really should have gotten one or another capability, and didn't need something else that you paid for.

    I can't advise on the processor or MB, and yes, both matter. Certain hardware/software may not play well with certain chipsets or other things on certain products. RAM is normally as much of the fastest NOT "Value" RAM that you can fit/afford. Again, check the boards. People report what they have problems with.

    Until you have determined your needs, nobody can recommend anything, as there are simply too many choices, and you'll be getting clobbered with too many options which will confuse you further. :wink:

    Also, don't forget that there may be other things you need, and we don't know if you have them. Monitoring system, mics, preamps, cables, data backup, etc. Don't forget all that, if you don't have them, as you are figuring your budget. Otherwise, you could end up with a very nice recording setup, and no way to record or monitor. And by the time you get all the other stuff, your setup will be obsolete...like in about a week. :shock:

  3. Nakatani

    Nakatani Guest

    Wow thanks Krunch , but sorry i just cant understand you heheh :(.

    I have no experience in recording ...

    But i dont need anything fancy , ill use for college studies.
    What do you think im gonna need to record guitar , voice , keyboard ? I want to do some orchestration with virtual-instruments.

    Im sorry if im being lazy for asking that kind of stuff... your post just showed me how im lost! Please guide me.

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    sorry about my english.

  4. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    One question answered. MIDI pretty much drives virtual instruments, so you may want to include extensive MIDI capabilities into at least your software. (MIDI commands will tell a virtual instrument what to play, how and when).

    You're still going to need more info about how many tracks at once to record in, etc.

  5. Nakatani

    Nakatani Guest

    thanks Krunch , can you indicate me some online guide about the basics of home studio?

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