Building a music computer

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Building a music computer

Post by UilleannB » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:25 am

Hello.

I have been studying for a few years abroad; aside from some small instruments I couldn’t take along my music tools, so that’s what I missed most. In a few weeks I am returning home, and the first thing I will do is upgrading Mixcraft to the then newest version.

Before I left, my computer was already behind the time and I often faced hardware limitations when working with Mixcraft, and I plan to put myself together a new computer just for making music.

So I want to ask for suggestions about hardware, when assembling it from scratch. Was Mixcraft tested with different soundcards, mainboards, processors, (I guess RAM is generally good as much as possible) and is there an “ideal” configuration? Maybe this sounds a bit naïve; I know there will be many options, I just want to get some suggestions and maybe hints what to watch out for.

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Re: Building a music computer

Post by Acoustica Greg » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:46 am

Hi,

There are too many variables to make specific suggestions. New pieces of hardware are coming on the market all the time and we can't possible test them all. Your best bet might be to pretend you're putting together a gaming computer. You want a fast hard drive, lots of RAM, fast video, and so on. If you don't already have an external audio interface, you might budget for one of those as well, because an ASIO device can make a big difference.

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Re: Building a music computer

Post by outteh » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:09 am

Yep! Lot's of options out there. Check out a gaming PC, the specs on them are pretty much what you want for audio. Tiger Direct has some great deals. Audio interface is also a plus. You'll see lot's of recommendations on this forum, Focusrite seems to be a favorite. By the way welcome back! :D

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Post by UilleannB » Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:04 am

Thanks. I'll read around then a bit more.

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Post by UilleannB » Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:51 am

I got an answer from some other page, telling me that the external audio interface is basically replacing the soundcard in the computer. Not sure if I understand this correctly - an audiointerface is taking over the functions else the soundcard would have? So if I plan to buy an external audio interface, I don't need a good sound card (an onboard soundchip will do)? Or does it add up the speed?

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Re: Building a music computer

Post by outteh » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:35 am

Correct! If you go with an audio interface you don't need to concern yourself with the onboard audio chip or sound card.


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Re: Building a music computer

Post by outteh » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:59 am

Are you thinking of going with a PC or laptop! If you go with a PC try to find one that has expansion capacity, extra slots for more RAM, additional hard drive bays, additional card slots, etc. This way you can get an initial build to start and add on to it as you go along.

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Post by UilleannB » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:43 pm

Yes, a PC, because it has these options. A laptop is nice to take along, but has more disadvantages.

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Re: Building a music computer

Post by Acoustica Greg » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:46 pm

Hi,

Laptops can produce all sorts of recording problems due to their power-saving features.

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