is not everything.
Computer Systems recording audio still need some hardware......and
it has to be excellent!
As consultant and
troubleshooter for computer systems in digital recording studios, I come
around many studios and see many different problems and solutions. The
following is the essence of what I consider performing best (at the moment).
That doesn't mean, that you cannot record your next #1 hit with a computer
from the supermarket. In fact you probably can.
But when it comes to native (means without additional processing hardware
like DSP cards)
mixing, sound effects and more tracks you still need every inch of reliability
and performance you can get.
Therefore this is
my recommendation for a system with high performance and stability, within
a reasonable price range.
- Case: Get
either a 19" Rack mount standard case or one of the new screw-less
mini or midi-tower. What should you look for?
- Enough drive bays for your needs
- Screw-less / Tool-less for easy opening
- ATX / Extended ATX support
- A solid and quiet 300 / 350W Power Supply
- Nice color ;-) (gray is so boring)
If you buy a new main board you should go for the new socket 775
the chipset Intel 925x (Alderwood).
With these boards you can use the new socket 775 Pentium 4 CPUs.
If you ever worked with one of the new multi track recording
applications you know that a second screen is a must-have.
Get a card for at least 2 monitors. It doesn't have to be the fastest
card around, but it should be fast and powerful enough to relieve the
CPU from graphics load.
Look for high average data transfer rate and if it's cool and quiet (always important
in studio environments)
I would choose a separate CD/DVD reader and burner. So you can make
direct CD or DVD Copies.
The reader should be able to grab audio CDs
bit-accurate, jitter-free and at high speed. You have to look for that
feature in the specs.
Look either for a double layer CD/DVD Re-writer or
a CD/DVD writer that can burn CDRs at high speeds. You may not need the
rewrite feature so you can save money on this.
It should have a Buffer Underrun Technology
built in. Most of the new writers have that already.
If you are interested in mobile recording solutions
go to my page about laptop recording.