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17 years 1 month
OK everybody, here's your chance to brag or complain about your DAW. We get alot of questions on this forum pertaining to DAW hardware as to what works and what doesn't so I thought this might be a good starting point for anyone building a DAW.

Please list as much info as you have on your PC or MAC, Soundcard, Software (Cubase, PT, etc.), type of recording (Audio, MIDI etc) and track limits with plugs.

This should give those looking to buy or build a DAW a reference as to what type of performance to expect from a similar machine. So if you love your DAW or hate it and can't wait to upgrade tell us about it.

Here's mine

Main DAW (Audio and Video editing)

AMD 3200+ Socket 939
Gigabyte K8NS Ultra - 939
1 GB Corsair Twin X PC3200 RAM CAS 2
ATI 9600 XT
Maxtor 80 GB PATA HDD (OS and Apps)
Maxtor 120 GB SATA HDD (Audio)
Maxtor 250 GB SATA HDD (Video)
Maxtor 400 GB SATA HDD (Audio and Video Backup)
Plextor 708A DVD/RW
Antec True Power 430 watt PS
Full Tower ATX w/ 5 fans
NEC 19 inch Multisync
Layla 24/96 Audio Card
Adaptec AVC 2010 Video Capture Card

Layla 24/96
Alesis AI3

Mobile DAW (Location recording only)

Intel P4 2.4GHz
Asus P4P800S Mobo
1 GB Corsair PC3200 RAM
N'vidia MX440 dual head Video Card
Maxtor 40 GB PATA HDD (OS and Apps)
WD 80 GB SATA HDD (Audio - Removable for copy to main DAW)
Plextor Premium CD/RW
4U ATX Rackmount case

Adding LCD and 1394 to mobile DAW to use with Mackie 1620 for location recording.

I record all audio (rock and blues) and once in a great while a key or horn sample. I will be benching both units soon and will post the results.

OK, Who's Next :D


Member for

15 years

happydrummer1 Mon, 11/20/2006 - 09:50
-Intel Duo core 2 (2.8 ghzx2)
-3gb ram
-250 gb SATA hd (x2 500 gb total)
-Radeon x1600 512mb

-Roland Edirol UA 101 USB audio interface (10 in 10 out)
-Crate CSX 12 track mixing board
-Sonar 5 producer edition

-Shure instrument mics (x4)
-Shure vocal mic
-Samson Drum Kit mics (5)

Mainly used to mic up amps, and my drum kit.
Live recording Is a breeze...

Member for

21 years

Member Wed, 04/20/2005 - 14:13
Me Too!!

What Up:

Dual 1 Ghz G4
1.5 GB Micron SDRam
1x160GB Seagate ATA HD 7200RPM
1x40GB Seagate ATA HD 7200RPM
1x15GB Seagate SCSI HD 10000RPM
M-Audio Audiophile 192 PCI Card
Adaptec SCSI PCI
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro w/128MB VRAM
Mac OS X 10.3.9
Vicious Unix Firewall

Logic Pro 7
Reason 2.5
Recycle 2
MoogModular AU
ImpOScar AU
VST to AU Adapter
Live 3
TC Electronics Native Bundle
Orange Vocoder
Too Much Other stuff.

Simple, But Useful set up. Take Care.

Member for

21 years

Member Fri, 10/14/2005 - 04:36

AMD Athlon XP 3000+
2x 512mb Samsung pc3200
2x 120 gb IBM Deskstar
1x 320 gb Western Digitals
AGP Geforce 5900fx 128mb
ESI Waveterminal 192m (4in, 8 out)

M-Audio Keystation 49e
Mackie DFX6 mixer
2x Shure SM57
Marshall JCM2000 TSL601
Cheapo Ibanez RG Replicas

Cubase SX2
Waves Diamond Bundle

im recording audio as well as midi.
well, my setup is far from optimal. im using this pc for everything (internet, gaming, and whatnot) so the performance in audio applications leaves much to be desired. im planing on building a stand alone gaming rig so i can have this one as clean as possible for audio only.
the plugin limit?? dunno i never tried to reach it, i guess its something between 10-15 tracks maybe less
also, im using my hifi system for monitoring which is as bad as it can get, but i havent got the money atm to buy some neat mid range speakers...i was thinking of the mackie hr626 when ive saved enough, but i ve not decided yet.

Member for

21 years

Member Sat, 05/29/2010 - 00:46
Currently Deployed to the middle east and not in my studio to give specifics on certain items, but from memory.
Akai Dps MK2 intergrated to PC via ADAT and RME 96/52 Sound Card
Yamaha HSM 80
Audio Technica ATH-M50 studio headphones
ART Pro Channel
Digitech Studio 100 Reverb Unit
Alesis MEQ 230
Digitech Legend 2
Audix D6 Kick Drum Mic
Shure SM57's
Audio Technica 4033 and 2020
Oktava MK012 MSP6 Mods by Michael Jolly
Ensoniq ZR 76 Digital Workstation
Les Paul, Ibanez,Schector C1,
Pearl Reference
Bugera Amps
Waves GTR 3
Waves Platinum
Waves Ren
EZ Drummer
Reason 4
Cubase SX3-yes old, but works well, possible update when I get back to the latest edition

I use the Akai as a stand alone all in one with great results. I also track to it, transfer time stamped wave files to the pc for editing in which I like my dual screens and a mouse. Not to mention plug in apps.
Occasionally, I will use the Akai for its killer pre's and A/D converters and go right into Cubase.
I have just discovered MIDI and when I return home I plan on using my keyboard to trigger EZ Drummer and Reason 4.

This is my first post to the site. I am new to the forums and look forward to learning from you all and sharing anything I have learned.

Ron Ducharme

Member for

21 years

Member Tue, 02/22/2005 - 03:18
Apple G4 PowerPc Dual 1.25 GHz with FPU

System Bus speed: 167 MHz
Backside Bus Speed 250 MHz
1 GB RAM, Datapath 128 bit PC2700 DDR
Level 1 Cache: 64k
Level 2 Cache: 256k
Level 3 Cache: 2.0 MB (backside)
Dual DVI + VGA Monitor Outputs
1 x Firewire 800
2 x Firewire 400
4 x USB 2
Ethernet 1000BaseT
Analog audio I/O

FreeBSD based UNIX OS: OSX 10.3.3

3 x 120 GB HD Deskstar

Motu 828
Motu Fastlane

Logic Pro 6 (7 ordered)
All soft instruments and plugins boundled in the Logic Pro DAW.
Autoload Song:
151 Tracks
720 Plugins already inserted
Once my sister saw me running a so huge Autoload, (she hated Macs and was a Windows addict) trashed her 4 PC and buyed 2 G5, one for her and one for my parents. :)

Final Cut Pro HD
Cinema 4D

A lot of fun and power for the money!

Member for

17 years 7 months

iznogood Sun, 10/09/2005 - 17:40

webtroy wrote: [quote=CRSBEATZ36]*
p.s. im selling The delta 66, omni i/o and the sure sm58 all for only $450

because im going to purchasing a pro tools rig here pretty soon

i must advize against protools.. (if your talking MBOX) .. if you are talkin protools HD .. then go for it.. but MBOX you are so limited with two inputs and digitech hardware..

it is expensive and not worth it in the end when you realize you need more..
digitech hardware???? :shock:

the mbox is made by digidesign with pre's from focusrite....

protools LE can also run on the digi002 rack....

i'm not sure your advice is based on actual knowledge...

Member for

21 years

Member Wed, 02/22/2006 - 11:21
AMD 4400+ (thats a 64 bit dual core 2.2 ghz)
2 gigs ocz Gold XTC ram
10000 rpm 74 gig western digital as main drive
2 x 250 gig Seagate Barracuda 16 meg cache (NL35 series) - audio drives in raid 0
ATI 1800xl

monitoring: Mackie 624s

Recording: (protools) mbox 2

Mics: 2x Audiotechnica 4050, 2x audiotechnica 4041

Member for

21 years

Member Mon, 02/07/2005 - 07:47
ASUS A8V Delux motherboard (Via chipset)
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ CPU
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200 120GB HDD (SATA)
QuietPC Case
Zalman PSU, fans, heatsinks, fan controller.
Matrox G550 graphics
Cubase SL 2.0 build 39

RME Multiface

2 x Neumann KM184 (I like 'em!!)
Audio Technica AT 4033

Allen & Heath GS3 (16:8:2)

Rodgers Studio One

Member for

17 years 10 months

Kent L T Mon, 06/25/2007 - 10:33
Antec p180 case (black)
Asus m2n-e motherboard
Athlon x2 5600
Zalman cpu cooler
2gb Kingston memory
Asus 7600gs video card (fanless)
Siig firewire card
4 Western digital WD1600aajs single platter 160gb hard drives
ENERMAX Noisetaker II 600W Power Supply
Lynx Two-C audio interface
Running Cubase 4

Member for

21 years

Member Sun, 01/30/2005 - 23:28
Hey There, I just signed up so i figured this was a good thread to start with. Here's my list of junk:

Acer Aspire 2010 laptop
1.5g Centrino Processor (trust me, this new chip is FAST)
External maxtor 160g hard drive
Digi 002 with Pro Tools LE 6.4
Tannoy Reveal powered monitors
Focusrite Trackmaster 2 channel preamp with EQ and Comp.
Studio Projects C1
Cheap behringer mixer that i use for a headphone amp
AKG K171 headphones

I've been using Pro Tools for about 6-7 years. I WILL NOT use anything else. The interface and hardware is amazing and so powerful. I've spent the last couple of months doing some work for a band called Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Check out for some samples of tracks I've recorded (and partially mixed) with them. Let me know what you think!


Member for

21 years

Member Sun, 01/29/2006 - 20:30
(custom built)
amd 64 3000+ 1.7ghz
2x -512 ddr ram chips
geforce 6600
2x -200 gb sata hd's
windows xp pro
motu 2408 mkIII

mackie onyx 1220
2x focusrite trackmaster pre's
lots and lots of mics (dynamic and condenser)
all mogami cables
2.1 bluesky monitors
Sennheiser hd 280 phones

i run sonar 4 pe
waves diamond
various dx/dxi and vst/vsti

radium 49
roland v-drums

Member for

21 years

Member Fri, 10/07/2005 - 17:13
Heres mine.....

Main studio

P4 3.2 775 socket HT off
2 gigs cosiar ddr 400 ram
2 X 160 gig IDE western digital harddisk
2 X 160 gig SATA audio and backup
Intel Chipset
ATX tower, 450 watt power supply
UAD-1 Studio Pak, with new plugs
Motu 828 MKII
Truth Monitors
JBL Monitors
2 monitoring systems
Hardware Gear:
BBe sonic maximzer, ap audio patching system, Pod 2.0, Lexicon mx200, Art 2 channel preamp tpsII, Behringher Ultra Gain, Art power conditioner, dbx 32 band eq, behringher compressor/gate, yorkville, 5000poweramp, yamaha 16 channel analouge mixer.

Instruments: Fender stratsx2, fender bass, roland td-20 kit, 3 acoustics, yamaha classical, korg triton, korg karma

too many vstis to mention, but, my favs are, abby 3, BFD, Groove agent 2.0, Virtual Bassist, edirol ochrestra, linplug, saxlab.

software effects,
URS eqs are great, and the uads ,usally are all i use.....

Moblie system....

Most of the above, when needed, plus

HP, Pavillion, Notebook,
Centrino, 1.73 P4
1 gig, ram
120 gig HD
19 inch widescreen

overall, a great system, cant complain about it.....

there you go.....i have enjoyed, some of the other peoples, DAWs.....


Member for

21 years

Member Thu, 09/01/2005 - 05:42
Hi, nothing spectacular, mostly for my own self-made recordings and demos for friends and helping record students music for school fundraisers. Progressed from analog 4/8 track recording to Cubase/DAW only 2 yrs ago, so still have much to learn.

Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop
3.2 Ghz desktop P4 processor
1 GB dual channel DDR ram 400Mhz
XP Home
60 GB HDD @ 7200 r.p.m
ATI Radeon 9700 128MB ddr
24x CD-RW/ 8xDVD combo drive (Sony)
Echo Indigo I/O PCMCIA soundcard - (recommended !)

Software :
Cubase SX 3.2 (prev. Cubase SE)
Reason 2.5
Wavelab 5
Korg Legacy vsti / NI FM 7 vsti/ tons of downloaded + free vstis and Reason refills etc.
Waves Platinum v5

Music Stuff
2 SM57 mics
yamaha rgx electric guitar - 2 humbuckers, 1 single coil
Boss guitar effects pedals (ie DS1, CH3 etc)
yamaha guitar amp
yamaha acoustic guitar
edirol USB-midi controller
Motu fastlane USB-midi interface
mackie vlz 1202 mixer
Casio keyboard - but not proud to admit it !!

Member for

17 years 8 months

keldog Thu, 08/25/2005 - 16:15
Also an Akai DPS 24...(HI Ben!)
a pair of Tampa's
TC Electronics Triple C
Behringer Pro 2600
M Audio DMP 3 (on the way)
Shure 57, 58, 2 KSM 109's, Beta 52
Marshall V67G
Cad E200
AT 3035
Roland keys, 1/2 a dozen guitars, same ol' crappy drums (pearls fell thru) w a couple of Zildjians and a couple of trashcan lids...
Mogami and ProCo cables...
and a couple other things


Member for

21 years

Member Thu, 02/03/2005 - 06:14
my DAW

--INTEL P4 3.0c GHZ CPU W/800FSB.......
--2X512M DDR 400 PC3200 RAM OCZ RAM ....
--2X80GB WD HD W/8MB..................
--Plextor 708A DVD burner
--FLOPPY DRIVE A............
--ATX CASE WITH 450W Enermax POWER....
--XP Ghost.

-- RME HDSP 9652 card with ADI-8 DS pro 8 in/8 out ad/da
-- UAD-1 getting 2nd card
-- SAM 7.** upgrading to V8