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Specs for minimal windows protools digi001 rig?

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by sneakyimp, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. sneakyimp

    sneakyimp Guest

    hey folks:

    I have a protools digi001 with the software and I want to get a system for it. my main pc is getting bogged down because i'm using it for too many things and I want a fresh, inexpensive new windows machine that i can put in my band's rehearsal space.

    I just want to be able to record 8 tracks at once and be able to mix the limit of 24 tracks for the digi001 with protools LE 5.3 or so. Ideally, I'd be able to compress 8 tracks or so.

    I'd like to know what might be reasonable specs for a very simple machine...i don't want to spend a lot of money but i don't want the machine bogging down either

    Processor: ??
    RAM: how much?? dram? sdram? foobarram?
    Hard Drives: 1 or 2?? How large? Firewire? will USB work? IDE internal?
    Bus speed: 133Mhz ok? or do i need 400 mhz bus?

    Any help would be much appreciated. My girlfriend is about to retire her very clean 400 Mhz machine but i suspect that might be a bit slow.
     
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    The last two machines I made for friends were AMD XP based
    XP1800 and 2000
    both running XP-pro
    both with a single 512
    slide in draws for both the system and audio drives ... IDE
    on board video
    Firewire card for external transfers and external audio drives.
    I did split the system drive ... can why explain later

    that was over a year ago and things are even cheaper now

    both machines have recorded two albums since then and completed all editing
    and the mixdowns did and will are happen on a Mac HD TDM system


    I didn't use any science and just went cheap.
    40, 60, 80 gig ... who cares.
    there is more important things to spend money on.

    PT 6.4 LE will let you have more than 32 tracks in the session ... but only hear 32 as you have 32 voices.

    They have both recorded live as well ... 16 tracks for 40 minutes ... or was it two sets at 20 minutes ... ??
    I did have a spare system drive fully loaded with XP and PT as a spare/backup for the live recordings

    Is that enough info ?
     

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