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i know nothing about computer recording.. give me a reel to reel and im ok.. but computers frighten me. right now my family computer is a 1.6 ghz p4 512mb ddr (what ever the heck that is!) but im thinking of getting a new computer because i hear rumors that its tough on your pc if you use it for music and other , plus i dont want anyone to mess with it..so what would be in my best interest? i have decided to go with the roland studio package pro, so i know i wont need a sound card or an interface i think. HELP!!!!!!!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Nov 10, 2002 03:27 pm

nah, you don't need that studio package, just buy a decent M-Audio sound card and put it in the PC you have. Your PC is plenty powerful enough to handle recording.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Nov 10, 2002 06:29 pm

Yes indeed, I know several people, myself included who are running their stuff along side their recording app's. I am just now after about 7 or 8 year's of using the PC based recording set-up going to add another PC just for audio. So it is not that important to start out that way. Get your feet wet, and if you are serious about it in the end, you can alway's add a new PC dedicated to audio.

My one suggestion would be to add a hard drive that is dedicated to your audio recording only. That way you have no program's or any other stuff on that drive except what you record.

Since: Sep 09, 2002

Nov 11, 2002 01:15 am

A p4 with half a gig of DDR is perfect. That's what I plan on building this spring. all you need to do is add a nice soundcard like the M-Audio's dB mentioned, some way of monitoring it like with headphones or studio monitors, and buy the right software for your needs. If you use tape I imagine you already have a mixer and/or other audio hardware? That's great, because that stuff can hook right up to your soundcard.

And just to add on to what Noise stated about an extra harddrive, have you ever concidered removeable harddrives? if you dont want anyone messing with the settings on your DAW machine, you can install your OS on two separate drives, one with the normal games and internet stuff, the other dedicated audio with a custom hardware configuration. When you want to switch from one config to the other, you just powerdown, swap out the drives and boot up.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Nov 11, 2002 09:15 pm

And just to add to what Jamie said. I run 1 HD just for the operating system and program's. Then 1 extra internal drive for extra stuff, then 2 removable drive's for back up and recording. It is nice to just swap a drive and reboot when I need to get at other recorded stuff.

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