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Upgrading PC

Hi, I'm new here but ill certainly be staying.

I have recently got into music production on my PC, but have had troubles, I an using Cubase but when using over 3 tracks of audio my computer cant handle it, and doesnt play or completely distorts the sound, I am relatively new computer recording, the specs that i know of my pc are as follows,
AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 2.08 GHz
and 1 GB of ram
I have been using the soundcard on board of my motherboard and know I will need a new soundcard, I am looking at the HAMMERFALL LE 9636, as I have heard good things, I dont need Mic inputs straight away and when I do i understand that I can have 8 inputs with an ADAT A/D converter, I have roughly £300 to spend, I would be very grateful if anyone can give me pointers into what I should buy to make my computer better at running Cubase with roughly 20 tracks of audio and VST instruments or is this impossible?

Thanks Alot


JoeH Mon, 04/03/2006 - 12:24
Welcome, Doors. Always good to see a new member!

You should really try this post over on the DAWs and Computing forum at this website. (Just scroll down a bit on the main page.) You can probably get a lot more help over there, maybe even cover some of your questions already.

This is the "Pro Audio Gear" forum, and as such, it's a little more advanced - more for gear and systems that are already up and running, etc.

Or at least it's supposed to be. :wink:

Member Mon, 04/10/2006 - 04:30
Hi Doors, with a 2800+ and 1Gb Ram you should be able to do a lot better than 3 tracks of audio without crackling. It's quite likely the onboard soundcard - make sure you disable it in the BIOS when you have a better solution. Also, make sure that you are running a minimum of background tasks while recording. There's a good guide to optimising your PC for recording @

I have the RME 9636 myself, and i'm very happy with it - very open clean sound, and very low latency. I got mine cheap on eBay, and it came with the AEB8-O and AEB8-I add-on cards to give 8 channels of analog I/O. I can recommend it highly.