My future Setup!! What do you think??

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Member Since: Oct 25, 2004

Hey all,

Just wanted to get your opinion on my future setup:

Computer: (about to purchase)
-Asus P4P800-E deluxe motherboard
-Intel Pentium 4 2.8 ghz processor
-512mb DDR Ram 400mhz PC3200
-Seagate 80 GB 8.5ms 7200rpm SATA/150 w/8mb cache
-Plextor PX-708A DVD burner
-Antec case w/ quiet power supply
-KDS RAD-7BK 17 inch LCD display
-Asus Radeon A9550 128mb video card
-Windows Xp Pro

-M-Audio AudioPhile 2496 pci card (on the way)

-M-Audio Audio Buddy (on the way)
-Shure SM-57
-M-Audio SuperDAC 2496 D/A Converter
-Studio Projects B1 Large condenser microphone(future purchase)

-FL-Studio Producers edition

This is it for now. I am a bit unsure of some software.

I am looking for a multitrack recording program thats simple to use and very reliable. I am accustomed to N-Track and I love it, but its not the most reliable package I use. I have also used Cool Edit pro and prefer to use it for editing, even though I can use to multitrack.

Any other recommendations will be welcome in terms of hardware and software.

By the way does anyone here use the DB Audioware set of direct-X mastering plugins? I tried their demo and found the plugins to be great. Just wondering if anyone else has experience with them and consider them worth their price.

Here is a link to the db Audioware site:


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 28, 2004 09:49 am

looks good, I would go with more ram, but that can be added at any time...

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Oct 28, 2004 03:22 pm

Looks good, I second adding more memory, to at least 1GB.

I wasn't impressed with the db-audioware plugin's. I think there are every bit as good free ones out there. Ozone 3 is what I use and IMO it is much better, though quite a bit pricier as well.


Since: Oct 25, 2004

Oct 28, 2004 03:56 pm

Thanks for the reply olddog I would look into adding the ram a bit later.

Well I would have to readjust my thinking. I liked the db audioware plugins cuz they were very easy to use and understand without needing to have a great working knowledge of what each app was supposed to do, and I found them to work better than most of the other plugins I had at the time.

I may still get them seeing that I know how to use them but I will definitely look into other apps like Ozone.


Freeleance Producer/Engineer/Gtr
Since: Aug 11, 2002

Oct 28, 2004 04:00 pm

Other than the more ram suggestion, i think that you are off to a good start. what do you plan to record?

Since: Oct 25, 2004

Oct 28, 2004 06:04 pm

Mainly voice, mine or my friends. I do most of my music in FL Studio/Fruityloops, but may some day get myself a keyboard or befriend someone with a guitar and may record from either. I usually try to get the wave sounding good out of fruity but the sound is never the same, so I will sometimes export each drum, seperately and then mix it from there in a multitracker.

So in that case, the RAM and CPU power would be necessary as I might endup with 4 - 5 tracks for drums, one for bass, God knows how many for instruments and vocals may get about 4 if its me, and if its my friends, it can get upto 10 (doesnt sing the whole song through or the same, so it usually means three tracks just for lead vocals alone and not to mention the bridge, background vocals, etc!!)


Since: Aug 29, 2003

Oct 28, 2004 06:12 pm

Defiantly more ram. I have almost the same computer as you and it has worked great. I have 1 gig ram and two hd's though. If you are only doing up to 30 or so tracks, I would get two regular ATA drives instead of the SATA. ATA can handle it just fine (I never get more then 5% load on my drives with 25 tracks). Get a big one for audio and small one for OS and apps. Make sure to get a 8 meg buffer as this helps a lot.

I don't know what you would get the SuperDAC as it is more then likely the same converters as in the audiophile.

I recommend Cakewalk Home Studio 2 XL. It's $150 and perfect for what you are talking about. I have its predecessor and it is perfect.

Good luck!

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Oct 29, 2004 07:09 am

Defo a good setup there. I get by with 756MEGS of RAM, a 2.2 Celery, Delta44 and Cubase SX2.

Tho, that said, I get by. I'd like to "fly by" but I dont get dropouts and recording is stable. Most tracks I ever ran in Cubase was about 15 and that was including some samples (NO VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS THO!!!) and its fine.

Problems creep in with loads of virtual instruments. But, as said above, the more ram you can afford, the better.

I think I'll be replacing my 256MB RAM with a 512 to give me the full gig of ram quite soon - just to give more workign space.

Good luck anyway.


I'm back bitches!!!
Since: May 27, 2004

Oct 29, 2004 11:13 am

I would get more Ram and rackmount case. A rackmount case was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Oct 29, 2004 02:39 pm

I'd add that a dual head video card and two monitors are a very good idea.

nix the expense of the 128m video card in place of a matrox 16 or 32 meg card (g450 or g550) and a monitor. This will help much in working with DAW work.

Also, the lower cards don't have fans on them to introduce more noise, electrical and/or mechanical.

I bought a 64meg card and immediately switched to a dual-head setup. Very good.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 29, 2004 02:40 pm

Yeah, my video card is a Radeon 7500 64 MB card and I use it for's awesome! Highly recommended if you have the means.

Since: Oct 25, 2004

Oct 29, 2004 04:04 pm

Hmm something to think about for sure. I went this way thinking that I would have the video power for the few games that I play. The games do need the extra power so thats why I wnet with the card.

I wish I had the means to get a system for the fun stuff like games and surfing the net and such, but I cant right now, so I am stuck with one system for everything. It would really be neat to see a dual monitor setup to see what I was missing though!!


Jack of all trades master of ___
Since: May 28, 2004

Oct 29, 2004 04:12 pm

I have recently considered dual screen support also. Simply for the fact of having my mixer on a seperate screen...

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