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Which PC/Spec for Cubase?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by the_sanguine, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. the_sanguine

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    I want to make my own music backing tracks with a sequencer package (probably cubase). Does anybody have any experience with this? What spec PC and sound card/module do you recommend?
     
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    I'm not a complete expert, but I do use Cubase SX and have experience with what works well for me.

    Firstly, don't bother with a Creative Audigy soundcard as they are not designed for home music production.
    I changed to a M-Audio 24/96 card which provides lower latency, nice sound quality and phono sockets instead of 3.5 jacks. These cards are deisgned for the music producer instead of the games guru.

    You'll also need plenty of RAM. At least 1GB or more.

    My processor is a Pentium 4 2.66GHZ, and is fine.

    The only other thing I'd suggest is a second hard drive to keep your music creation away from everything else.
     
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    Thanks Jules,

    I was thinking about going for an external soundcard...an Emu or something. I thought 1Gig memory. I was also looking at an external hard drive to back up my music onto.

    The next question is, what do I need to play my music in a live enviroment? Something that will fit into a rack preferably. Otherwise, a laptop and soundcard I guess
     
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    My music creation is a personal hobby only, I don't do live!
    So I can't answer your question, sorry!

    However, I believe you might be conisdered brave, if not nuts, for using a PC in a live enviroment.
    When you're pushing your system hard crashes are not uncommon, and for that reason I believe most live musicians avoid using a PC.
     
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    I think many record onto minidisc. I would prefer to have live midi patch changes if possible though
     
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    hi mate....

    check out my soundcard ... bought for just this same purpose! ;)

    I've just upgraded from the M-Audio 2496 mentioned, and the FW410 is a BIG improvement in sound quality, (probably just due to the external enclosure)

    It uses standard 1/4" jacks all round too.... very handy for compatability with stage amps..

    I'd also definitely get some Mark Grant custom cables from his powerbuy forum....
    I use them for my full setup, Hifi, guitars, stage gear, everything basically...

    his subwoofer cable (the LV77S) beats the pants off of anything you can buy in a guitar/amp shop.. looks awesome too! :smashin:

    First laptop gig in a month or so... I'll ket you know!
    ( four-tet uses 2 laptops on stage... if he can do it.... :rotfl: )
     
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    I guess I could get something like that and record onto minidisc? The problem is though that I really wand live midi patch change messages
     
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    What about PC spec? I'd also like it to serve as a home entertainment PC
     

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