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Postby outlawman222 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:39 pm

I am new here coming from Mac and Pro Tools. I've watched some of the videos and want to finally make the switch. Tired of Apple and Pro Tools and really like what I have seen on the videos. The question is I'm looking at laptops and want to keep the price down. IS an 8th Gen I5 enough to run Mixcraft 8 with 8 GB ram and 256 SSD. My recordings could be up to thirty tracks and probably not more than that using effects in reasonable numbers?
Or should I just spend the couple hundred more bucks and go for an i7 processor? Can you tell me what you guys on here are running? Thanks in advance.

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jlouvar
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Re: PC:

Postby jlouvar » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:53 pm

I’m using an i5 with 8GB ram and haven’t had any problems yet (about 16 tracks and not a lot of effects), but I’m going to upgrade to 16GB ram... I’d think you should go with an i7 (64bit) and 32GB ram.

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Re: PC:

Postby Rolling Estonian » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:39 pm

I'm no expert on chipsets but the i7 is known to be far better than the i5, and 8gb is minimum these days, if you're using a lot of vsti it'll eat up 8gb ram. My next PC will be the i7, 32gb ram (overkill but ram isn't too expensive) and ssd. I know the i7 are significantly more but most likely worth it.

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Re: PC:

Postby Mark Bliss » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:11 pm

As I understand it, a "low end" i7 could result in performance inferior to a "high end" i5. And it's certain that understanding the hieroglyphic model coding of the damned things is a mega geek art form into itself...... :roll:

That said, I have a lappy with an i5, 8gigs and a 256g ssd. I have mixed projects well beyond 30 tracks in Mixcraft. Your experience may differ, but it works pretty well for most general needs. Granted, you start running some cpu intensive/demanding stuff like multiple verbs/delays, Melodyne processing......

Results vary. Needs vary. The o/p's description may push the envelope, especially with a laptop. Or it may work fine.
There are other variables.

As far as my laptop goes, a larger ssd would be convenient. I find myself having to move stuff to an external drive a little more frequently than I would like.
Lazy.

I think 16 gigs of ram would also be a nice choice. And not that steep$.

The high end i7 however......
Pretty pricey, and I am not convinced it's mandatory given the o/p's description.

On the other hand, it's not a bad idea to select something with "headroom" for potential future needs either.

I am waffling. Not much help here! 8)

My own experience = "buy all you can budget for, and plan on finding its never quite enough"
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Re: PC:

Postby outteh » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:28 pm

Google about PC’s specially made for audio recording and you'll get a good idea of what the “industry” considers minimal setup! :D


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