Please advise entry level computer

Brusco

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I need to know some specs for a DAW for my home studio.

I'd like to just go out to a computer warehouse and buy what I need. I don't think I can depend on the sales people knowing their stuff about DAW's. I just don't want to end up with a computer that won't meet my needs or that isn't versatile. Basically I need to know what to ask for.

This is all I know about it so far:

-Windows platform - PCI Audio Interface (2 to 4 mic preamps)
-Software: I'll probably start out using Cakewalk or Acid Pro or something.

-I'll be recording and overtracking myself mostly -Someday but something
I can record the whole band with.

-I have an ADATxt and would like to buy an interface to archive
and remix some of the old stuff if needed.

-I already have mixers, mics, etc. that I've been using with my ADAT.

Any info would be helpful and appreciated,
Thanks, Bruce
 

Brusco

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cpokay, I appreciate your help on this one. I was reading about your "Cube PC" on another thread and thought what a cool Idea! You've done your homework and now you're helping others in the process. Thankyou very much!
 
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If you're intent on recording using 24 bits I suggest a larger hard drive--at least 80gb, and a DVD recorder for making backups. 24 bit recordings require a lot of media space.

There are a number of companies building decent daws for $1000 and under, but you usually have to provide your own soundcard. Sweetwater announced their daw production recently, and it looks like what they have to offer is pretty good in the areas of quality and design. They're using a P4 platform and taking extra care to make sure that quiet drives are used with auralex soundproofing.

M-Audio is leading the industry as of now in the area of affordable soundcards. They offer a few in the $300-$500 range that will suit your needs, but there are quite a few other selections. If I were you I would stick to a PCI card and avoid USB or Firewire interfaces.

I'm using Sonar4 to record with and consider it as good as any product available. Homestudio is a good program too, but lacks the outstanding pro features of Sonar. If you have any use for MIDI sequencing Sonar is the ticket.
 
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If you go with Sonar, please let us know how it works out. I have been curious about Sonar for a while. A good friend swears by it, but I haven't been back home to check it out. The files he sends me do sound pretty good.
 
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Originally posted by Bassomatic
Umm, why do you say that?

Because Sonar4 has excellent MIDI editing and control features, whereas Homestudio has more limitations in what can be accomplished with MIDI.
 

Brusco

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Ok, Now my head is really spinning. Thanks for the great Link tedm. Maybe I should consider one of the Sweetwater DAW's. I think I need to talk to someone there who knows what will work best for me. I have plenty of studio gear and really only need what's necessary to get me computerized. $1500 is in the budget at most. I'd like to phase out the ADAT if possible.. I don't like the mechanical aspects of it..it has become a pain in the ass and temperamental. But at the same time I'd like to archive alot of my ADAT recordings or even remix some of my past recordings.
Looks like I still have alot of homework to do. decisions decisions..thanks everyone.
 

TAVD

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When I phased out my adat, I used a Terratec EWS88D soundcard. In addition to archiving your adat tapes, you can use the adat as a adc/dac until you get squared away with the new interface.
 

tedm

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A lot of the current cards have ADAT interfaces. Also, check out the local home recording forums, chances are someone local or a studio for a small charge would be willing to help you out with archiving your ADAT stuff. Some folks still use it and produce good music with it as well. (Yo La Tengo has a great CD out that was done on an ADAT).

Originally posted by Brusco
Ok, Now my head is really spinning. Thanks for the great Link tedm. Maybe I should consider one of the Sweetwater DAW's. I think I need to talk to someone there who knows what will work best for me. I have plenty of studio gear and really only need what's necessary to get me computerized. $1500 is in the budget at most. I'd like to phase out the ADAT if possible.. I don't like the mechanical aspects of it..it has become a pain in the ass and temperamental. But at the same time I'd like to archive alot of my ADAT recordings or even remix some of my past recordings.
Looks like I still have alot of homework to do. decisions decisions..thanks everyone.
 

gigsup

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Hello from the future...
I so enjoy running my $200 version of Logic Pro X on my Mac, you won't believe what you can do with this program and a laptop in 2017.
:)
 

Bluplirst

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Hello from the future...
I so enjoy running my $200 version of Logic Pro X on my Mac, you won't believe what you can do with this program and a laptop in 2017.
:)
I could think of better messages to send to the past......
 

Neopolitian

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Switch to . Get the 700 dollar version of the mac mini (more ram and processing power than the base one).

Use the free Garageband. Upgrade to Logic later...
 

griggsterr

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I could think of better messages to send to the past......
I knew the apple fan boys would take this over.
I too have an apple computer running $200 version of logic.
It isn't anything special. It can't be the future, it's already here and been here for years.
 

griggsterr

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Switch to . Get the 700 dollar version of the mac mini (more ram and processing power than the base one).

Use the free Garageband. Upgrade to Logic later...
$700 is the base one, then you need to add ram and memory and most of the NEW mac minis you cannot upgrade the memory.
They come new with a whopping 4200rpm hard drive just like in 2004.
 

griggsterr

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$700 is the base one, then you need to add ram and memory and most of the NEW mac minis you cannot upgrade the memory.
They come new with a whopping 4200rpm hard drive just like in 2004.
at leas an SSD or it won't hardly do squat without locking up. Plus you will have to have some one install the SSD. I build computers when I need to. and after I watched the youtube video on how to put an SSD in that mac mini, I said nope. I will pay someone to do it.
So now I have $1000 in that mac mini, before software some of which won't work because I upgraded to the latest OS.
 

Neopolitian

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$700 is the base one, then you need to add ram and memory and most of the NEW mac minis you cannot upgrade the memory.
They come new with a whopping 4200rpm hard drive just like in 2004.
No man...the base one is 500. The 700 dollar one is Good Enough To Record With.
 




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