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What would it take to build the ultimate DAW

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dabmeister music, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    This is just a general question on performance. I'd like to know what would it take with the current products (ie:MB, Processors, DDR, AGP Card & very reliable & quality SC) on the market, if one had the chance to get their hands on the best/fastest components, what would you pick to build the best PC DAW capable of numerous audio tracks, what would it be?
  2. Caine Dreiling

    Caine Dreiling Active Member

    A loaded Mac G5 with dual 2GHz processors!!!!

  3. Bill Park

    Bill Park Guest

    I doubt that anyone is going to take the time to spec your system for you for free. But you can get any audio computer vendor to do it... just log onto their sites and see what the offerings are, and what the options are.

    I've recently put aside my dual processor PCs. (I had a pair of them.) Though the logic is good, the implimentation is somewhat less so, because DDLs, drivers, etc don't always recognise or work properly with dual processors. There are just to many variables. So even though my application will take advantage of the dual processing, other issues made it less than attrractive.

    The real way to approach this is to find the software that you want to run, then build the system to support it, giving it the memeory. etc that it will actually use.

  4. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    and at least 2GB of ram (8 would be better!!) :D

    and Digital Performer 4.12, Waves bundle diamond, altiverv, etc... and mach Five, Reason, etc...
    or logic if that's your bag, kontak, etc... :D

    if wishes were horses musicians would ride...
  5. Michael Scott

    Michael Scott Active Member

    OPUS never seemed to have a problem with this. In fact, I've built 2 systems based on some of his advice/specs. Both systems are stable as can be.

    dabmeister17, I'm not up on the latest greatest, but if you try a search you might find some usfeful info. Good luck!
  6. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    I appreciate the info. But I'm not necessarily in need of building a system but trying to catch up with what's happening on the DAW front, if you know what I mean. My current setup is housed in a rack server case w/ a Gigabyte MB 533FSB, P4 2.4Ghz Processor, 1 Gig DDR, 2 IDE & 1 SCSI HD's. Using WinXP Pro & Cubase SX 1.06. Very stable & reliable.
  7. Bill Park

    Bill Park Guest

    Then my advice still applies. If you go to these audio computer sites and pick a machine, usually you get a list of components and a list of options. That should tell you what the cream of the crop would be today. It also tells you that these things will ostensibly work together, not always true with any stack of given components, top of the line or not.

  8. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Bill let me ask you, would it be best to research this from a site dedicated to general computer info or from a source (I think I just answered my question) such as ADK, Clarion or some other DAW manufactuer? I think they would offer something closer to what one would be looking for.
  9. Bill Park

    Bill Park Guest

    Yes, you want to be audio specific. I'd definitely be looking at audio manufacturers, not general computer suppliers.

    ADK is a prime example of what I am talking about. When you go to their site, you pick the best box that they offer, and a list appears. Click on any item inb the list, and the available options pop up. Instant free config guide. I wouldn't take it for gospel, but it would get a list for you from which to ask questions. Do this across a couple of sites, and you should be able to reach and adequate consensus.

  10. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Cool, I'll take that advice. One question though, do they (manufactures of DAW systems) use some of the same products catered to consumers?
  11. Bill Park

    Bill Park Guest

    Yes, they offer some of the same stuff. But here's the deal... the average computer user will say, "why should I pay $130 for a Plextor Premium CD burner, when I can get a Terbo Crumpus CD burner for $40." while the wize DAW user knows that Plextor makes the best burners with the best error rates, and that the Premium has brought out to standard output pins information that was formerly unavailable to the consumer... information which enables Plextor software to read the actual error rates on the disk, and report that information back to the user.

    Or the average consumer will want the whizzbang $400 3D accellerator card gamers mag of choice top performer, while the DAW owner will say, "Hey, I don't need any of that crap. Just give me good dual-head performance, video drivers that don't hog the PCI bus, and allow me to turn off aall the 32 bit crap that wastes my resources to no purpose."


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