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Some general guidelines for music computer.
Old 24th January 2009
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Some general guidelines for music computer.

Hello. I need to pick up a PC computer tower that will run Spectrasonics Atmosphere and a lite version of Ableton live 6 that came with an Audiophile 2496 PCI card. I want to trade a new POD XT (and whatever cash adjustment) for a computer to run these programs. I'm hoping a few of you could offer some advice on what to look for in a computer such as what processors and RAM size and (manufactureres) work well for this application. (and which ones don't!) This is only for my own use, and I don't expect to be using many tracks or plugins. I just want solid reliable perfomance for the couple of programs that will be running. I will mostly be recording on a Roland all-in-one VS station. The computer will really just be for running Atmosphere, a small amount of track recording and mixdown, maybe use some of Abletons effects. Since I haven't set up a computer system as yet, your recommendations are valuable to me. I'm hoping to strike a good balance of perfomance and cost effectiveness. I won't be running a full fledge computer studio.

Thanks again!
Old 24th January 2009
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🎧 15 years
why not ask the developers of atmosphere what they use for a pc. ??
that would be a good starting point imho.
go to the source. same with ableton.
ask the respective developers of those products.
thats what i would do.

theres also tons of info on GS re puter configs.
my standard config for el cheapo money i recommend these days is
for example acer quad core q6600..AM series n put in a 32mb cache 7200 rpm drive to record to.
total cost bout 700 buks prolly. but test with your atmosphere n ableton before buying.
most people can do a boatload of traks on such a system.

or if ya wanna go ultra cheap...look for a 100 buk refurbed dual core pc with xp on it for 100 buks
n slap in a 32 mb cache drive for another 80 buks.
total cost 200 buks with warranty prolly or a little more.
i see loads of refurbs for 100 buks or so.

in either case lots of ram of course for plug ins.
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