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Discussion in 'Recording' started by Stone B, Mar 22, 2002.

  1. Stone B

    Stone B Guest

    I tried the Davec test and got 21 tracks, but then I actually recorded a sixteen track, five minute song. Later I added 4 plugins over seven vocal tracks, but anymore plugins than that and my CPU monitor goes into the red. Is it time to get that new hardware we talked about?
     
  2. Sorry Stone - what hardware were you considering? (I missed that post)

    I'm getting 24 + 12 on the davec test, and I'm running the following hardware / software:

    Athlon XP 1800
    Asus A7V266E mobo
    512 MB Kingston DDR PC2100 RAM
    Matrox dual head G550 AGP graphics card (w/ Dual 17" monitors)
    Plextor 20 X 10 X 32 IDE CD-RW
    DVD-ROM / CD-ROM drive
    Windows ME (YEah, "YUCK" - I'll be going back to WIN XP as soon as the XP capable version of PT LE is out of beta testing).

    This system has done 24 + 16 for some users. It's been rock solid for me, and all told, I'm into it for about a grand - not counting the dual 17" monitors.

    There's two threads over on the PC section of the DUC that you may want to check out: "PT Performance" and "Best system for under $900".
     
  3. Oh, one more thing:

    Setting up the drives properly on the Asus A7V266E board is important: Since there's FOUR IDE ports, you want to do the following:

    DON'T set up a RAID, even though the onboard Promise controller supports that. Set up the C drive with the drive jumpers set in single drive mode on its own 80 pin cable to the Promise Primary and the D drive, on its own 80 pin cable with the D drive jumpers set to single drive mode on the Promise secondary. Then put your CD-RW and CD-ROM on their own cables to the standard IDE primary and secondary.

    And for the record, I am using a FAST 5400 RPM Maxtor 60 GB for my C drive (OS and program files) and a Western Digital 40 GB 7200 RPM for my D drive (audio files only).
     
  4. Stone B

    Stone B Guest

    I was considering intel until I saw the thread on the DUC, but I'm still wondering which system is most stable.
    I'm using

    Athlon thunderbird 1.2 ghz
    ECS K7vza Mobo
    I think my memory is PC133, I know it's 512mb
    ACER 16x10x40 cd-rw
    Win98
     
  5. Stone B

    Stone B Guest

    Oh yeah, I'm getting a new hard drive soon, I think a 20gig IDE, Is there a way to use three?

    Do you think I could solve my problem by getting a more powerful proccessor?
     
  6. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Stone
    Your MOBO is the main problem. Get one with a KT133A chipset that suits your processor and you'll notice a huge boost in performance right there.

    I use a removable hard drive bay for multiple drives.

    Mark
     
  7. Stone B

    Stone B Guest

    Yeah, I think I'm going shopping next week. That removable bay is a good idea.
     
  8. Stone B

    Stone B Guest

    I'm trying to decide between the A7V133 and the A7V266. I currently have PC133 memory, but I might swich to DDR, that's alot more expensive right? Do I really need it for better performance?
     
  9. Stone B

    Stone B Guest

    Oh yeah, I forgot, Which costs more, the A7V133 0r the A7V266?
     
  10. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Stone B, for pricing, go to pricewatch.com ...
     

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