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Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by -Nolly-, Aug 22, 2010.
Hey guys, this isn't so much a picture of my studio, though I hope to take one soon.
My question is centered around what most users here have for computing power. What does everyone find sufficient to run their various softwares/interfaces without the computer threatening to crash on you? I hope to purchase a new desktop in the next couple weeks, so hopefully someone will be able to shed some light on a proper choice for me.
The answer to that greatly depends on exactly what kind of work you're intending to do. The good news is, we're officially a few years past where the technology needed to do most audio work became affordable for just about everybody.
I actually have 2 machines. The rackmount PC in the lower left of the picture I posted is my 'workhorse' machine; quad core 3ghz, 4gb ram (I would have more but I'm insisting on sticking with XP Pro for now and XP can only support 3GB, so there you go..) and multiple hard drives set up on a RAID system to mirror each other, so that even if one drive dies, I already/instantly have a backup working. This was a machine built by PCAudioLabs, and for something like it, expect to drop $2-3k or more.
I used to have a laptop built by the same company, but somebody stole it last winter.
I bought a much cheaper laptop to replace it; a new-old-stock HP Probook 15. Windows XP, 3GB Ram, Dual Core. It cost me around $500 from Ebay.
Both machines pretty much handle anything and everything I throw at them, and I do a lot of sequencing and recording. I use Ableton primarily, but these machines also run Cubase without any problems at all.
Anything with multiple cores and 3GB Ram or more should get you by just fine. Anything beyond that will absolutely help, but shouldn't be necessary.
Most of us in here are fairly computer literate and know our way around a fresh operating system install. Many on here even built their own rigs.
My advice is if you don't have the ability, get a nerd friend to install a fresh OS on your machine before you start recording with it. Stock PCs come bloated with all sorts of shit that can wreak havoc on many recording programs.
I do my recording on a Mac Mini. $500 brand new. I can get about 8 or 10 simultaneous tracks recording before I notice any issues. I do notice an issue if I load a lot of plugs up on a track while mixing, but other than that the Mac Mini is a kickass DAW.
Ah, yeah. Great advice. I didn't even think about that because it just comes naturally to me. I remember that's the first thing my step-dad and I used to do whenever our family got a new PC, because in the mid-90's especially it was next-to-impossible to get a machine without several gigs worth of completely useless proprietary software pre-installed on it. (I'm looking at *YOU*, Compaq, Dell, HP and Gateway...)
The HP laptop I mentioned above required this. FIRST THING, I had to uninstall about 15 programs, remove 20 applications from the 'startup' process, and countless 'services' from the boot sequence. She's been running beautifully ever since.
'msconfig' is indeed a beautiful thing.
Wow, I appreciate the quick responses guys.
I'm using a Sony Vaio laptop at the moment, and while it's nothing pathetic, I still have issues doing something as simple as programming my drums in my DAW. It'll be going along fine, only to have audio problems where the sound cuts out and lags, only to be resumed a few seconds later. Makes it difficult for recording.
I'm pretty much illiterate when it comes to computers, so your answers really helped out. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone that could build me a PC myself, so I'll more than likely be going with a stock PC.
I'm gonna give this thread a bump. I need to see some more awesome home studios!
Awesome setups in here so far! I'll have to post mine when i get some pics
i had that same desk. it was amazing, but way big and took alot of room.
my setup is rather simple compared to some of the setups that i have seen in this thread
but it has treated me very well thus far, produced all the albums/songs/projects i have on this setup including the periphery album.
Here are my recording guitars:
And here are my live guitars as well as my Scott French Custom
Here is the list of stuff:
Custom computer (gonna get a new one in the next few days since this one is 4 or 5 years old i think)
amd x2 4400 processor
80,250 and 500GB internal drives
Access Virus Ti
Mackie HR 624 Monitors
Bernie Rico Jekyll 6
Bernie Rico Jekyll 7
Scott French SF3
EBMM BFR JP&
Jackson RR24 (not pictured)
Schecter Stiletto Custom 5 Bass
2 blackmachines, man i want one. nice setup. most studios dont get the quality you have coming out.
your setup is more epic than mine....
Misha what is up with the Pocket Pod? Just for noodling about?
perhaps, but compared to rob_l's setup for example, id say we are in the same league haha!
That's not a home recording studio. That's a space ship.
Great example of how a good ear, plus knowledge is way more important than having insane amounts of gear
Yeah, showing what can be done with so little. Good stuff.
A7s and Sub 8
Kef somethingorothers, used as stands.
Home made bass traps
Vypyr 30 behind the chair
ADVT30XL by the guitars
Mics - NT1A, SM57, i5, MD421.
2 X 1Tb caviar black
HD4890 (even though the PC has no games on it, and likely never will, its surprisingly quiet, so there it is).
And, of course, Optimash prime.
CL 100 EQ
Ubercab with Swamp Thangs instead of t75s
Award Session JD10
MXR 10 band
Acoustic foam shield thing also visible, tucked away; I use it to cut down room reflections on reamping.
Legra Aurora (aftermath/HD)
Legra MDV602 (aftermath/PK)
SLSMG (C-Bomb/nameless neck)
DX1 (Gotoh trem, C-Bomb/2x trilogy)
A 'Cimar' acoustic that sounds quite good, though it plays like a dog
A nylon string that was made for mum 40 years ago by a chap called Victor Garcia; sounds unfathomably beautifull.
And family photo - main guitars and amps
And most importantly, Hippy repelent
I take offense to that. My parents are hippies.