Tell us about your DAW

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Big_D, Jan 21, 2005.

  • AT5047

    The New AT5047 Premier Studio Microphone Purity Transformed

  1. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    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
  2. Here's mine

    ASUS P4C800-E
    P4 3.2 (HT OFF)
    1.5GB PC3200 DUAL DDR
    80GB 7200 RPM IDE HD (OS)
    120GB 7200 RPM SATA (AUDIO)
    ATI RADEON 8500
    8X DVD-RW
    DIGI 002R

    Main work is Hip Hop and R&B.

    This computer has only audio software apps. Not even connected to internet. wont even install I-Tunes for all of those artists who want it to put the music on their ipod. I tell em ill put it on the HD of the pod and they can bring it home and make the switch.

    I've found that a PC with only and i repeat ONLY audio apps on it performs sooooooooooooooo much more reliable and faster.

    My old DAW setup was riddled with crashes bugs and non responding programs. NO PROBLEMS with this set up ever. and its very easy to debug because i always know what is causing the problems.

  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
    Home Page:
    Copied from my gear list - Hope it reads okay...

    This is the "A" system - Just audio. The "B" unit is slightly less impressive...

    * Sonica-X G-340 Rack (4-space)

    * Intel Pentium 4 3.4Ghz Prescott processor
    * Intel 875P Chipset
    * 1 GB DDR400 RAM
    * 800Mhz FSB
    * Hyperthreading, SATA RAID
    * 20dB quiet THERMAxFlow cooling
    * 1/2 terrabyte drive space

    * Samplitude Professional (Magix)
    * Universal Audio Digital ( UAD-1) collection
    * Plextor PlexWriter Premium CD-R/RW Drives
    * Plextor PX-712-A CD/DVD+/-R/RW Drives
    * Lynx 16-channel AES interface

    No (ITB) converters or soundcards.
  4. BladeSG

    BladeSG Guest

    Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz/512Kb L2/800FSB
    Abit IS-7 (DRAM/GAT= F1 Mode)
    1GB Corsair TwinX 3200XL 2-2-2-5 @ 1:1 (2x512) Dual Channel(swapped the XMS LL stuff with a mate who insisted on having Winbond BH5....?)
    NVidia FX5200 TV/DVI
    Pioneer 106D DVD-RW
    Lite-On DVD-ROM
    Panasonic 3.5" FDD
    Vantec HD Caddies (x 2)
    Zalman 7000Cu HSF
    Lian Li PC-61 Case w/ Antec 400W PSU
    WD 120G 8M Cache PATA (Internet/Everyday thrash HDD)
    WD 80G 8M Cache PATA (Audio Programs/Samples)(soon to be replaced by another Raptor and Vantec EZ Swap SATA)
    WD 36G 10K Raptor SATA (Audio)
    Digidesign 001
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Barton
    ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe MOBO
    512 MB Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM
    80 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA HDs (2)
    LG CDRW drive
    Matrox G450 video card
    Nexus Breeze case
    Zalman ZM-2HC2 HD Heatpipes (2)
    Nexus AXP3200 CPU Cooler with 47 Ohm resistor

    This is what I consider to be the premier budget DAW. Also, this machine is built to be extremely quiet, which it is.

    Also see this thread for listings of peoples' DAW components.
  6. roirat

    roirat Guest

    Current system:

    Old compaq presario, 1.7GHz with 256Mb
    E-mu 1212
    Cakewalk Homestudio

    What I'm working on for the near future:

    Asus p4p800 SE
    P4 3GHz
    1 Gb PC3200
    Matrox G450 dual monitor
    200Gb and 80Gb hd
    EMU 1212

    BSD drum v-synth
    Trilogy Total Bass v-synth
    Native B4 organ v-synth

  7. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
    Home Page:
    1GHz 12-inch Powerbook 768MB RAM
    MOTU 828
    Pacific Pro Audio 80GB firewire drive

    Logic7, DP4, Garage Band2, ReCycle, Final Cut Express HD, DVD Studio Pro. Because plugins are at system level all plugs are available to the above apps except virtual instruments.

    Been using this setup for about a year, I'm inside the box use virtual instruments exclusively.

    I use this machine for everything, hookup a second monitor for graphic design, web design, video editing and animation no problem.

  8. eddiesound

    eddiesound Guest

    Daw setup

    This is what I've put together in the last year and a half.

    Intel P4 3.01 Ghz
    Intel 875P chipset
    1GB dual channel DDR RAM
    800 Mhz FSB
    Digi 002R 32 tracks- no problem!
    Waves Renesaince bundle
    Plextor CD-R/RW drive
    I/O magic DVD+/-R/RW drive
  9. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Here's my two I built the past 18 Months or so...

    Home PC:

    Dual Boot Windows XP Pro (1 Install for Internet/General Use + 1 Install for DAW)
    Asus P4C800E-Dlx 875P/ICH5R/Promise RAID MoBo Socket 478
    P4 2.8E Prescott @ 3.01GHz (860FSB) 1MB L2 Cache + HT
    1Gig Dual Channel Geil Ultra RAM CAS 2-3-3-6 (@ 430MHz)
    Radeon 9200 Pro 8X AGP 128MB DDR RAM Video
    19" ViewSonic Flat Screen CRT
    WD Raptor 36Gig 10,000RPM Primary OS HD
    IBM 30Gig 5400RPM Second OS drive
    WD 200Gig SATA Storage Drive
    Maxtor 160Gig ATA133 Storage Drive
    Maxtor 40Gig + 60Gig + 80 Gig b/u drives in 5.25" pull-out caddies - interfaced via USB 2.0 for "Hot Swap-ability"
    Sony 52X CD-RW drive
    Lite-On Dual Layer 8X DVD-RW burner
    Nuendo 2.0
    Some Waves Plugs + PSP Plugs
    Wavelab 4.0
    M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 (I don't track on this machine - only mix)
    Enermax 460 Watt Power Supply
    Custom modded case and quiet cooling w/7 fans on speed controllers (full size ATX enclosure) (SLK-910U Heat Sink for the Processor)

    My "portable" PC for tracking:

    Shuttle XPC SB83G5 w/ 915 Chipset + ICH6R + Socket 775 Procesor
    P3.0E Prescott 3.0GHz 800FSB 775 Processor 1MB L2 Cache + HT
    1 Gig Geil Ultra Dual Channel RAM CAS 2-3-3-6 @ 400MHz
    Windows XP Home OEM DAW Optimized
    On-board Graphics ( :( ) (It has PCI Express 16x support - I'll buy a card soon, Grasshopper)
    17" Dell Flat Screen CRT
    60Gig Maxtor ATA100 OS drive
    External FireWire 5.25" HD enclosure w/ Maxtor 160Gig ATA133 HD (Oxford 911) for Audio Data + Heavy Duty 5Amp 12V Power Supply for FW HD (HD Comes home for mixdown)
    Lite-On Combo 8X Dual Layer DVD-RW + 40X CD-RW drive
    RME Hammerfall LITE 96/36 (upgrading to HDSP 96/52 at some point)
    RME AID-8 Pro AD/DA converter
    Nuendo 2.0
    Waves + PSP Plugs
    Wavelab 4.0
    Mounted in 1/2 width 5U Rack Shelf with the UPS unit beside it (PC and UPS in 5 Rack Spaces!)
    VERY quiet, and TINY (not as tiny as the new Mac Mini)

    I also use my Roland VS-2480 as a realtime Headphone Monitoring Facility (allows realtime latency free effects and mixing on up to 4 stereo/8Mono HP mixes) AND as a flying fader control surface for Nuendo. I can also use it's mic pre's and A/D converters if the AID-8's 8 Inputs are not enough.

    I take my FireWire HD back and forth, and I can open the Nuendo Project exactly as it was on either PC system. Pretty cool IMO. The VS-2480 makes a killer addition with the HP monitoring+EQ+Effects AND Flying Faders for Nuendo (I have an ADAT to Roland RBUS converter to allow the 2480 to hook upto the RME Soundcard's ADAT I/O - 8 channels I/O) . You can dog Roland all you want - but I'm digging it.

    That's it. :cool:
  10. Chuck5021

    Chuck5021 Guest

    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!

  11. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    my DAW

    --INTEL P4 3.0c GHZ CPU W/800FSB.......
    --2X512M DDR 400 PC3200 RAM OCZ RAM ....
    --2X80GB WD HD W/8MB..................
    --ATI RADEON 9200 VGA 128 meg W/DUAL DISPLAY.
    --Plextor 708A DVD burner
    --FLOPPY DRIVE A............
    --ATX CASE WITH 450W Enermax POWER....
    --XP Ghost.
    --ONBOARD LAN ,SC,1394,

    -- 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

  12. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    Mac Dual 2GHZ G5
    1Gb RAM
    Waves Diamond, Masters, Restoration, Transform
    Cubase SL
    Groove Agent
    Stylus RMX
    Amplitube Live

    All simple, runs like a dream, except occasional Firewire issues with the Edirol FA301 which appears to disappear and reappear only after reboot, for no good reason.

    I am well aware that it is a piece of crap and am gonna buy a Fireface in the next few days. In fact I am gonna go and post elsewhere about this before I do so,

  13. Roly

    Roly Guest

    A7N8X Deluxe r2
    AMD 2500 oc to 3200
    RME HDSP 9624 (26 I/O)
    Apogee AD16
    Lucid DA 2496 for 2 trak
    Behringer ADA8000for CUE (8 mixes)
    ASUS and SONY DVD burners
    Koolance case
    Enermax 550 watt PSU
    No extra fans..............runs cool and quiet.
    happy project guy.
    1024 samsung ram.........oops.......forgot
    Samp 7.2???
    Maxtor G550 dual head
    2x wd raptor raid 0
    1x 120 gig ide 8 meg cache
    1x samsung 40 gig
  14. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
    Home Page:
    Asus P4B266
    P4 2.4G (northwood, I think)
    Zalman heatsink
    768MB PC2100 DDR RAM
    Promise ATA/100 PCI controller card
    (2) Maxtor 60GB disks
    (1) WD 200GB disk
    (1) WD 80GB disk
    all HDDs are master devices on their own IDE channel
    Sony CDR drive (my burning happens on a different computer)
    Matrox G450
    MOTU 24i
    100 Mbit ethernet card
    Antec Sonota case

    (2) Samsung 912N 19" LCD displays

    Adobe Audition 1.5
    Sony Vegas 4.0e (used for tracking only)
    Ozone 3
  15. IainDearg

    IainDearg Guest

    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
  16. moonz

    moonz Guest

  17. TheZStation

    TheZStation Guest


    I'm currently using:

    Enermax Whisper 550watt PSU
    Asus P4P-E (i845P chipset)
    Pentium 4 2.53GHz (Northwood)
    1GB Kingston ValueRAM PC3200
    ATI Radeon 8500 128MB
    Adaptec 29160 SCSI controller
    2x Seagate Barracuda 40GB ATA100 (1 fixed, 1 removable tray)
    2x Seagate Cheetah U320 SCSI drives (in ext. U160 chassis + removable trays)
    Sony DVD+-R USB2.0

    Creamware SCOPE Project
    Cubase SX2
    Logic 5 Platinum
    Wavelab 4.0


    P4C800-E Deluxe (might sell this for Super Micro P4SCT+II)
    Pentium 4 3.2GHz (Prescott)
    2GB Kingston HyperX PC3200
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    Adaptec 29320-R SCSI controller

    Creamware SCOPE Professional (14 SHARC DSP)
    Creamware SCOPE Booster board (additional 14 SHARC DSP)
    Cubase SX3
    Wavelab 5.0
    Logic 5 Platinum

    Anyone here using the Super Micro P4SCT+II motherboard?

  18. jsvice

    jsvice Guest

    My setup:

    Dual Opteron 242's (1.6 Ghz)
    4U Chembro rackmount case
    3 HDDs (1 OS/app drive, 2 removeable drives for audio)
    DVD burner
    1.5 GB RAM
    RME DIGI 9652 interface
    MOTU 2408 MK III interface
    el cheapo Midiman 1x1 midi interface

    Sonar 4 PE, Sound Forge 6, Reason, Cool Edit, Waves Platinum and other misc. plugs.

    I have yet to really max this machine out. I can run many instances of SIR (impulse verb) in real time without a crash. I recently got the MOTU for it's superiour routing abilities over the RME, and have not gotten it stable though. It locks the system up within a few minutes of use, so I'm still using the RME. Other than that, it's been a very solid system. Hard to bog it down.
  19. MusicMan2U

    MusicMan2U Guest

    Thank You from a "Newbie".

    Hello everyone from a newcomer.
    I was looking for some good info on what sort of laptop configuration to purchase for mobile studio applications; And you folks sure have helped on that fact it's a bit much data. But helpful none-the-less.

    I am looking for a lap top which will run both my CakeWalk Home Ed. and my V-Amp software.
    Very green to home recording, so I may sometimes ask what seem to be "stupid" questions; I do hope none of you will get tired of me.

    Farewell. :wink:
  20. 0db

    0db Active Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Hi everybody.

    This is the list of things in the studio:

    Custom-made PC:
    AMD Athlon XP 3000+ CPU (Barton Core, 333 MHz FSB)
    MSI KT4 Mainboard
    1 GB RAM PC 2700
    3 x 80 GB Western Digital Caviar HDs
    1 Pinnacle Studio Deluxe 8 PCI Card (analog + IEEE 1394)
    1 nVIDIA GeForce FX5200 128 MB
    Digidesign´s DIGI001 Hardware
    M-Audio Delta DiO 2496 PCI
    LG DVD-R Multi-format Writer
    Windows XP SP-2 "unplugged" (no internet, no ethernet), customized for audio (no mysterious-useless services & processes active, no antivirus, no firewall, no desktop visual enhancements)
    17" LG Monitor
    This setup is awesome, IT HAS NEVER HANGED!!!!!

    Protools LE 6.4
    Wavelab 4
    Sony Vegas + DVD Architect
    Waves Plugins, along with those that comes with Protools, Sound Replacer, etc.
    Cubase & sonar when the client asks for them, almost no used.
    Reason 2.5

    Audio Gear:
    Yamaha 03D Digital Mixing Console, 26 CH w/ ADAT I/O for 8 simultaneous recording channels
    AKG mics (414, c300, c100.....), shure, EV mics.
    TC Electronics Finalizer 96k
    Yamaha Keyboard
    Roland MC505 Groovebox
    Alesis RA250 Amp
    Alesis MKII Monitors
    & other irrelevant stuff..................
    Planning to buy some preamps, altough the digidesign DIGI001 preamps are quite good.

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