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So I'm considering upgrading the rig in my sig to an Audio workstation (chosen reaper as the DAW) and was wondering what hardware I'd need. Obviously a sound card is an excellent place to start however I'm not that knowledgeable on the subject so any help is appreciated.

Note: Looking at doing it relatively cheaply hence the upgrade of my current rig rather than building an entirely new one.

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What exactly is your budget?

That 1055T should be more than enough in the CPU department. However, music rendering, editing and composition demand a large amount of RAM. Get another 2x2GB kit. For a decent sound card, I'd go for something such as the ASUS Xonar Essence STX. Good sound quality via an RCA jack, Coaxial/Toslink and Aux 4-pin connectivity

You could also add a Digital Audio Interface to improve the sound quality of your inputs.


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What exactly is your budget?
That 1055T should be more than enough in the CPU department. However, music rendering, editing and composition demand a large amount of RAM. Get another 2x2GB kit. For a decent sound card, I'd go for something such as the ASUS Xonar Essence STX. Good sound quality via an RCA jack, Coaxial/Toslink and Aux 4-pin connectivity
You could also add a Digital Audio Interface to improve the sound quality of your inputs.
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Not exactly budget specific. However as I'm new to this I'd like to keep it as inexpensive as possible.
Good to know I won't really need a CPU upgrade and RAM was something I figured I'd need to upgrade.
Any recommendations on digital audio interfaces? I plan to introduce a mic down the track and possibly guitar etc.
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Congrats on 3000th post.
Not exactly budget specific. However as I'm new to this I'd like to keep it as inexpensive as possible.
Good to know I won't really need a CPU upgrade and RAM was something I figured I'd need to upgrade.
Any recommendations on digital audio interfaces? I plan to introduce a mic down the track and possibly guitar etc.

You could always go in for the Apogee Duet. It allows you to plug your instrument into its 'breakout cable' and record music. Its accompanied by Maestro software. With Firewire connectivity and very low latency, the Duet is great for recording music.
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You could always go in for the Apogee Duet. It allows you to plug your instrument into its 'breakout cable' and record music. Its accompanied by Maestro software. With Firewire connectivity and very low latency, the Duet is great for recording music.

Cheers again.
Might be a silly question but does the Apogee remove the need for a pre-amp when recording guitar etc?
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Cheers again.
Might be a silly question but does the Apogee remove the need for a pre-amp when recording guitar etc?

I believe so though not entirely sure.

Based on your usage, you could also add an external DAC (Digital to Analog Converter). That should help generate better sound from the Digital Audio Interface.

Don't forget about good speakers. My personal choice is the Yamaha SP5S 40 Watt Studio Monitor since it gives professional quality sound for all your editing needs wheee.gif
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I believe so though not entirely sure.
Based on your usage, you could also add an external DAC (Digital to Analog Converter). That should help generate better sound from the Digital Audio Interface.
Don't forget about good speakers. My personal choice is the Yamaha SP5S 40 Watt Studio Monitor since it gives professional quality sound for all your editing needs wheee.gif

Is there any real benefit to speakers over headphones?
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Is there any real benefit to speakers over headphones?

Not really, just a matter of personal preference biggrin.gif
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Is there any real benefit to speakers over headphones?

Headphones are obviously cheaper though not as comfortable over long periods I suppose.
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actually the difference between headphones and speakers or studio monitors is that they both present a different stereoscopic field so the music you record will be mixed differently based on what you use to listen back with, studio headphones and studio monitors sound differently when mixing and recording, the easy answer is you need both.
As fat as the build goes and this is speaking from experience that an intel chip will preform better in the given DAW (again experience) and really if your building a rig and want an internal sound card m-audio has some that are good for a good price, i happen to like the E-mU 1212 with the optional 1616m upgrade, but if your going to drop some money into it look into the mbox and pro-tools, its a good price with a ton of options.
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