Dedicated PC for recording?

Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by vejichan, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. vejichan

    vejichan SS.org Regular

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    Looking to buy a desktop strictly for recording with reaper i plan on buying am amp which could be a 5150 iii or mesa recto..i am chosing to go with a desktop. No need for an amp if i am just playing at home and recording. Budget is $1,200 for everything. Suggestions? Also what small monitors and audio interface will get me the best sound quality with these amp sims? I am only recording instrumental guitar music.
     
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    Any modern pc with 16gb plus of ram will be more than enough. Behringer truth B2031A monitors are great. They are modeled after $3k Genelecs and made of pretty good quality components. Sweetwater is having a sale on them. As far as interfaces go you can check out focusrite, presonus, behringer etc. They all sound pretty good as long as they have a Hi-z input for direct recording.
     
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    Yeah a cheap desktop PC should get you very far, as long as it has a quad core CPU and 8 or 16 gb of ram. You don't need a decidated graphics card, the one onboard the motherboard is fine and you don't need a CDR-drive (unless you still live in the 2000's). SSD disk are nice but not a must have for audio. I think the US is cheaper than where I live, so don't spend much more than 500$ on the PC and try to get a deal.

    For interface as mentioned above focusrite, presonus and behringer all have entry level interfaces, but you may want to pick a slightly higher end model as the quality of the DI will be better, something like an Audient might do the trick or a presonus or focusrite higher end model if it fits into your budget.
     
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    Any particular desktop i can walk into best buy right now and buy?
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    If it fits in the budget it's worth eliminating anything that has the potential to introduce irritating electrical noise that you can't get rid of, basically anything with a motor, so ditch the CD drive as mentioned, go with fanless cooling, solid state drives. You can always get extra external storage for more space.
     
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    Any specifics desktop? Link? I am ready to buy now
     
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    will_shred Wannabe audio engineer

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    16 gb Ram+Quad Core processor

    There are tons of computers that fit the bill. Just search New Egg or bestbuy.
     
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    Get an i7 cpu, if you want to save money for for the 7th Gen instead of the new 8th Gen. The faster the CPU the more power you will have to lower latency and use more processing power.


    I say any decent Gaming PC is more than enough since they are always build around being fast and powerful. You dont need 32 Gb of RAM, 16 is more than enough, you also dont need a top of the line Graphic Car that will make the price Skyrocket. All new decent PCs come with at least two HD's one SSD (Super fast) for the OS and Programs installation and the normal HDD to put all you files (and Porn if you wish).
     
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    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pav...shed-hairline-pattern/6221038.p?skuId=6221038
    https://www.guitarcenter.com/JBL/305P-MKII-5-inch-Powered-Studio-Monitor.gc
    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Focusrite/Scarlett-2i2-2nd-Generation-USB-Audio-Interface.gc

    With about ~$100-$200 left over for peripherals and cables. Although there are so many different choices on the things you want that your options are pretty much up to you and your needs and desires. My suggestion(from experience) do a lot more research on exactly what you want and the best way to get there.:2c:
     
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    Get an i7 and atleast 16gb of ram.
    As for audio interface I would recommend you check out Audient. If you want to record guitars and use VSTs for tones you're not going to get the best results plugging into a scarlett without spending more money on a DI box. The Audient ID4 has a DI input built right in.
     
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    How is the overall sound quality of id4 audient and latency? Is this the interface u would recommend? Which pc and monitors?
     
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    All the interfaces in your budget sound the same. Just pick one that will match your workflow. Just buy a desktop with an i7 and 16gb of ram it will be more than enough for what you are doing. I made high quality recordings with a 10 year old pc with 4gb of ram and windows xp. As far as monitors, go to guitar center play your favorite music through all their monitors that are in your budget and pick the one you like. I already told you what monitors I think you should get. Just get the stuff and start recording, otherwise it's a never ending choice and comparison game. You are a beginner, it's going to be a long time before you produce some quality, so get started asap!
     
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    Apple is announcing new things this week and the Mac mini is rumored to be included. I would wait to see if it’s possible to spec a decent one with a quad core and 8 gigs of ram. That would be my absolute first choice.
     
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    I suggest building your own PC. You may very well be able to find a good pre made PC for a great deal but generally there is an upcharge vs building your own.

    Black Friday is coming up though so you may find something great that fits your budget.

    Also IMO it does not have to be dedicated. I use my PC for both gaming and audio/video. I would recommend not "surfing" online to avoid malware and all that stuff though.
     
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    Do you mean 1200 for PC/Interface/Studio Monitors or just 1200 for PC?

    Intel CPUs aren't a great value rn(aside from an 8700k since 9th gen is here) bc of supply shortages and Ryzen CPUs being priced so aggressively. You'll need at least 16 GBs of RAM and if you go Ryzen it benefits a lot from 3000+ MHz RAM.

    I'd recommend an Audient ID4/14 for the interface. Behringer, JBL or Kali Audio Studio Monitors would be my first budget options. Should be around $500 if everything is new.

    Build if budget is ~$1200 for everything including audio gear https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RXPN9J and https://www.evga.com/products/feature.aspx for Power Supply deal. There are ways to skimp off the price here if you already have a desktop monitor and you're okay with getting Windows through grey market sources.

    If you meant $1200 for just PC then switch out the AMD 2400g for an i7 8700k and the B450 motherboard for a z370 motherboard and then probably a 30 dollar aftermarket CPU Cooler since the Intel stock coolers are awful. With the extra money you can get a discrete GPU or more storage.

    r/buildapc is a great way to monitor the best deals of the day for PC Components and peripherals.
     
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    I use my Laptop for everything... you will get malware if you click on all the shit that pops or have absolutely no clue what the Internet is. Its 2018 not 1999... people should by now (especially younger folks) know how to use the Internet and be aware of it
     
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    RiksRiks ERG Player Wannabe

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    Sorry for hijacking this thread but I'm on the same boat!
    In the case of guitar recording and mixing, is clock speed more important than number of cores? I'm debating wether I should get 2.7ghz quad core i7 or 2.2ghz six cores i7.
    I'd like to point out that I'm a total beginner at this point!
     

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