I currently have an old (2004, Pentium II, 4GB) desktop computer that's painfully slow to use even to web browse and fairly audible in terms of cooling fans and HDD, and I'd like to get into home recording.
My goal is to buy a used computer with the following four objectives:
My (admittedly fairly minimalist) recording setup was recently written off in a fire. I am awaiting a payout from the insurance company, and this gives me an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again from scratch.
The hub of all of this will of course be the computer. I have been umming and erring over this for a long time and feel I need some guidance.
I've been impressed w smartphones and tablets ability to streamline the desktop recording experience, and in my opinion operate much more reliably.
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So I just wiped my hard drives completely and reloaded Windows 7. I loaded a new version of Reaper. When I bring in a project from the external drive, it takes a loooooong time to load. But, worse than that, I'm having the exact same problem that I was having before.
win7 64bit i7 CPU firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz 6GB Ram This thing is 6 years old.
The performance meter is at around 20% and I've got cracks and pops and static.
My recording computer is a quad-core i7 iMac that I bought just over 3 years ago, the day that the 2011 refresh was released in early summer 2011. It has 8gigs of ram and purely solid state hard drive.
I am primarily a musician, however I have been running a "Rock Band" after school program which is a lot of fun. I have a lot of experience with Garageband and I know this doesn't get much credit as a program, but I did a lot of recording on it with my friend in the past and I had results I was happy to listen to and continue to enjoy listening to.