Brag about YOUR DAW system

Discussion in 'Computing' started by luvdldy, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. luvdldy

    luvdldy Guest

    Ok, so this is sorta OT but I'd like to know what other people are running.
    Here's what I'd like to know... no matter how fast/slow your system is please let us know the following information:

    1. Motherboard
    2. Processor type/speed
    3. memory
    4. hard drive(s) size, specs (ie. Ultra33, Ultra 66, etc.)
    5. Operating system
    6. Main recording software (i.e. Cakewalk, n-Tracks, CEP, etc.)
    7. Make a new 44,100 16 bit stereo file, create 10 minutes of silence and SAVE it as a .wav file. Tell us how long it took to save.
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Asus A7M266-D
    Dual AMD 1800+ (1.53MHz)
    2 / 512 Mb 2100 ECC registered DDR
    2 / 80 Gigabyte Western Digital ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drives (one removable)
    formatted NTFS. Running Windows XP Pro and Cubase VST 5.1 / as a dedicated DAW. No other functions or programs. No Internet, no modem. Just Windows, Power DVD, IN CD, Adobe Acrobat reader (for the Cubase manual) and Cubase installed….. runs a 16 track song with eq's comps verbs and mastering at 10% CPU load. I'm still learning the software (computard!) and I haven't learned how to erase / delete files yet so I don't want to run the test. As soon as I get to learn the deletes I'll run the test and edit this post with the results …… Fats
  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    1. Motherboard
    Asus P4B266
    2. Processor type/speed
    P4 2.0Ghz(overclocked to 2.6Ghz)
    3. memory
    1GB PC2100 DDR 266
    4. hard drive(s) size, specs (ie. Ultra33, Ultra 66, etc.)
    Maxtor 15GB 7200RPM ATA100 for OS(running on UDAM5)
    Western Digital JB 80GBx2 with 8MB Cache both in Kingwin Removable IDE trays ATA100(running on UDMA5)
    5. Operating system
    Windows XP Pro

    I will do the tesy tonight sometime as I am at work and do not have my system here.

  4. BrockStapper

    BrockStapper Guest

    alrighty, hold onto your hats gearheads...

    gigabyte k7 motherboard (don't remember which one, but stay away from it...) with the now infamous kt133 via chipset... uh-huh...

    Athlon 1ghz (geeze, 1ghz used to seem so fast...) with the incredible 100fsb yeah, baby...

    Ram- kingston 256 pc133... but wait there's more! 128 stick of something pc133, and another 128 pc133 even more generic... yep, a deffinate no-no... works, though...

    Matrox 30gig ata100 partitioned in two for os/apps (14 gigs) and the rest as aux storage...

    Matrox 40gig drive for all of my fine audio...

    The cheapest case I could afford

    A 350 watt p/s just this side of no-name...

    I can't remember which cd-rw drive I have, but don't buy it either... no cd text support. does a good job as long as everything is done at 1x write... 2x will usually work but I'm into consistency and not coasters...

    Asus cd-rom (good little drive...)

    Delta 44 (for personal recording it does all I need it to)

    Midisport 4x4 (works for me, but what I do with midi is pretty rudamentary from most folks standpoint)

    Windows 98se (upgrade even, not even a clean install...)

    Been running flawlessly (after many initial problems) for three years now...

    Top that you suckers... :roll:
  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Ok, recorded a 10 minute stereo track....exported to a stereo interleaved file and it too 1 minute 9 seconds...
    Any one else with results? Very curious to see them!
    Opus :D
  6. suspec57

    suspec57 Guest

    HOws this for bragging!!! ha ha ha

    p4 2.4 533fsb
    512 rdram 1066mhz
    80gb wd + removable hard drives
    gforce4 mx440
    motu 2408
    motu midi express
    mackie d8b
    avalon vt737
    2 xt20's
    1 lx20
    panasonic dat
    tascam cdrw-5000
    tascam 302
    yamaha ns10's
    jbl lsr28p's
    cubase sx
    waves gold bundle
    korg n364
    B.L.U.E. Blue Berry
    AKG C414
    Rode NT1
    high resolution projector
    movie screen
    blue screen
  7. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Oh...we're going full on bragging now...I see...
    Apogee Trak2, Mackie 1402VLZ Pro, KRK V4's, Marshall Electronics 603S Matched Pair Condensors, Shure SM58, AKG D112, Soon to be BLUE Baby Bottle(CAN'T WAIT!), Nuendo 1.6, Cubase SX 1.05, Waves Gold Bundle, TC Native Plugins, Drumagog, dB Audio Ware Dynamics Processor, Wavelab 4.0, NI B4, NI Pro52 and Pro53, Waldorf PPG, Reason 2.0, Rebirth 1.0, Sampletank, T-Racks, UAD-1, TC Power Core, RME 9652, Yamaha NS10's, Hafler P1000 Power Amp, Fender Strat, Gibson Epiphone Spotlight(rare Paul Reed Smith knock-off!), Fender Ultimate Reverb Amp, Digitech RP-7, Roland JP8000, Yamaha Clavinova.
    Whew..... :p
  8. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Full brag!!! To accompany the before stated computer……
    2 ADAT AI 3 interfaces (18 in/out)
    3 Haffler P3000's
    Yamaha NS 10's
    Tannoy DMT 12's
    Neumann U87i
    AKG C12a
    4 AKG 451's ( vintage not re issue)
    2 AKG 460's
    3 AKG D112's
    2 AT 4033's
    6 AT pro 35's
    2 AT 11's
    1 AT 10
    Shure SM 7a
    6 SM57's
    4 SM58's
    3 Sennheiser 421's
    Astatic crystal mic
    2 Amek Neve 9098 mic pre / eq's
    2 Drawmer DS 404
    Dynamite stereo comp / gate / de esser
    2 Alesis 3066 stereo comps
    DBX 266 (a fave!)
    Manley EL OP
    2 UREI LA 4's
    UREI 1178
    Lexicon PCM 60
    Lexicon PCM 70
    Lexicon PCM 80
    Eventide HD 3000 SE
    Yamaha SPX 90
    Alesis Midiverb II
    Alesis Midiverb 4
    MXR 1500 Delay
    Antares ATR-1 (ATR stand for "Automated Talent Recovery".)

    I'll stop here and not list guitars, amps, Bass amps and Drums. I'm sure there's more but I can't think of it right now, I feel sooo dirty and cheap putting it all on the street like this! Man, I'm a slut! ……… Fats
  9. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I got a slug...

    (But its only a bloody replacement!)
  10. 1. Asus P4B533-E
    2. Intel P4 2.4B (533fsb)
    3. 2x512MB Kingston 266Mhz DDR
    4. WD1200JB (ATA100, 8MB, 7200)for noise and Maxtor 40GB for OS(Ultra-ATA 133, 2MB, 7200)
    5. W$ XP Pro
    6. Cubase SX, Reason, Recycle, Triton, O1WFD, bunch of plugins
    7. Stereo Interleaved export took 23 seconds.
  11. I meant Maxtor 20GB for OS not 40GB
  12. chrisperra

    chrisperra Active Member

    Oct 24, 2002
    i have the dreaded dell.... ooooohhhh :eek:

    intel p4 1.8
    samsung sp4004h 40 gig hard drive
    st 380021a 80 gig hard drive? i don't know what this is.
    lite on lite 24102m dvd/cdr cdrw
    samsung dvd rom sd -616

    512 rd ram
    cubase sx
    wavelab 4
    uad 1 card

    did the test , 35 seconds the first time with antivirus on, 28 seconds with it off
  13. JBlake

    JBlake Guest


    Does it talk?
  14. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Wait a gosh darn minute here.....those who did the did a TEN MINUTE...STEREO TRACK...RECORDED SILENCE FOR TEN MINUTES...AND IT TOOK LESS THAN A MINUTE? Or did you just add silence? I need to know as my system is optimized to the friggen gills and hell and beyond.....
    I need to know exactly what you did and if you did what I did...record enabled a stereo track and pressed record for 10 minutes...set the markers and did a stereo interleaved export audio bounce? Is this not what the test was?
    Opus :confused:
  15. Blutone

    Blutone Guest

    Ok, something's wrong here. I open a new project, arm 1 stereo track, Totally waste 10 minutes recording nothing(lol), export to a stereo .wav file. I end up with "Silence Test.wav" which is 103,412kb about 18 seconds later. Am I doing this right?

    Oh yeah...
    Mainboard - MSI mainboard model MS-6380 VIA KT266 chipset
    Processor - AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1600+
    Memeory - 2x 256MB DDR-SDRAM
    Hard disks - 2x Maxtor 40 gig HDD 7200rpm
    Operating System - Windows XP Pro
    Software - Sonar 2.0XL, Soundforge 6.0, T-Racks, Fruityloops 3.4
    Others - Soundblabber Gaudigy, Samson Q-Mic, Gibson LP Studio, Rhodes Style Jackson, Line 6 Vetta HD(with FBX Foot controller), Fernandez Bass(4-string), and last but not least, my big ten inch.................Record of a band that plays the blues lol

    I know my rig ain't much. I've been thinking of upgrading to something like this.
  16. chrisperra

    chrisperra Active Member

    Oct 24, 2002
    that's what i did,... went into my project setup in cubase switched it to 16 bit. recorded 10 minutes of audio so you see grey, with my rca inputs, set markers to begining and end, exported a stereo interleaved file at 16 bit as a wave file

    chris perra
  17. Same here. Recorded 10min stereo track with project set as 16/44.1 then exported it stereo interleaved and it took 23 seconds.

    I did not have any master effects, including the dithering, on.

  18. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Ok...I must have had a wierd system issue that night I did that test. I did it kind of quickly as my fiance was over and we were about to go out to dinner...I just redid it and a couple of tests and each one varied from 20-25 seconds....whew! I was beginning to think I was reaaalllllly dumb or something here! lmao!
    Opus :D
  19. Hey luvdldy ,

    Are you going to share your info too? I saw your post on with not a lot of on- subject replies, but are you seeing any patterns? Any summary info that you can share with us?

  20. bbailey

    bbailey Guest


    1 - Tyan S2460
    2 - AMD Athon MP 1800
    2 - 512MB Samsung ECC Registered RAM
    1 - 40G Maxtor (6Y040L0 OEM) OS and Apps
    1 - 80G Maxtor (6Y080L0 OEM) Audio
    2 - 9G Seagate SCSI drives (in swap aluminum drive trays)
    1 - Plextor CDRW
    1 - Aardvark 24/96
    1 - Matrox G450 Dual Head Graphics Acc. Card
    1 - Adaptec SCSI controller
    1 - Rackmount Server case with quiet fans
    1 - Enermax Whisper PSU- EG651P adjustable speed
    1 - DS Sound Dampening Treatment
    1 - Optimized Windows XP Pro with highly modified BIOS, Registry, and Settings. Manually set IRQs.

    * this is a budget minded system with proven stability
    **continuing to experiment with Passive and Liquid Cooling as well as SilentDrive enclosures to improve sound treatment


    Currently using Sonar XL, though I've used Cubase in past versions and I think I'm settled on making Cubase SX my "go forward" app.

    Various other apps and plugins

    I'll post again when I've run your test.

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