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OP, what kind of audio interface do you plan on using?
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My suggestion is to always use external audio, skip those fancy $100+ sound cards.

Thanks. I'll take this into consideration.

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I'd try and see how quiet of a machine you can build. I'd get a cpu cooler that is overkill, if needed at all a passively cooled gpu and maybe even spend the extra for a decent but no-fan psu.

Do you actually need a soundcard or do you have a decent one already?

I have no hardware for this build yet. Doing some research and getting ideas from you guys.
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OP, what kind of audio interface do you plan on using?

Honestly I don't know. This is for a friend of mine. I myself have no musical talents ; even recording it. I do know They plan on using Cubase Pro and Pro Tools.
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Honestly I don't know. This is for a friend of mine. I myself have no musical talents ; even recording it. I do know They plan on using Cubase Pro and Pro Tools.

In that case I'd assume they will get the audio interface on their own. I do because several people sounds like a band, and to record a band you need a certain minimum of input channels and the correct device for the situation needs to be picked carefully since they can get expensive quickly and in the low price range there are a few turds.

In case I'm wrong and they want you to include an interface with that budget I can, like someone before me in this thread, recommend Focusrite Scarlett equipment. Pretty stable drivers (Windows) and good sound quality for the price. Before you plan on anything in that regard you really need to get a lot more information from them. You need to know the number of audio signals they want to record simultaniously, if they have preamps for the signals or if the interface needs to have preamps for all signals and how many outputs they need as well (f.e. for different monitoring mixes during recording). Those are the most important things that I can think of the top of my head of.
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post #15 of 15
Basically with a digital audio workstation (daw) build you want to focus primarily on stability and silence. You don't need to overclock but you do want a decent amount of RAM (especially if you are going to use software synths and lots of software effects) and decently fast hard drives (I would go SSD for the system and software drive/drives and HD drives for storage). Depending on which audio interface your friends are planning on using you may have to buy an expansion card (some audio interfaces still use firewire for instance) and you may need to do your homework about which cards will work the best. Other than that, it's just building a rig.
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