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He's going to be mostly composing I think, but also possibly recording and whatever else. My question is, what should I be looking for? He showed me a 'audio' computer from the same place he bought the composing software from and it just looked like an i5 rig with a ton of storage/ram and a 'tweaked' version of windows 7.

I'm kind of lost as to what is required, I thought audio wasn't that demanding as far as resources. Anyway some of you probably do stuff like this (composing/recording/mixing), what should I be looking for? I was originally thinking of a cheaper amd quad and an external emu 0404usb or something like that, but I don't know much about this stuff. Should I look for midi in/out or what? I guess the 0404 has midi and a pretty good mic preamp/adc but I got the impression he wants it internal. I may be able to change his mind if there's not a better option.

Any ideas?
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I wouldn't think there is anything special about a "music" computer. The big thing for composing music is the software. I'm sure you could get con'd into stuff if you goto your local computer shop but I can't think of anything special he would need besides the sound card. Everything else he should have already that's not computer related. Amps, mixerboard etc
    
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I'd probably would want to know the software he uses and if he needs ram/good cpu, ect. I'd probably also would want to add an ssd into the build
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I'm kind of lost as to what is required, I thought audio wasn't that demanding as far as resources.
It's not, especially just for composing. The rig demoed would be ideal: Good CPU, decent amount of RAM, and ALOT (I mean ALOT) of storage space is all you really need. A nice sized monitor helps as well.

If he ever wants to get serious about recording then more money should go toward good pre-amps and a decent mic kit to get started with.
 
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I wouldn't think there is anything special about a "music" computer. The big thing for composing music is the software. I'm sure you could get con'd into stuff if you goto your local computer shop but I can't think of anything special he would need besides the sound card. Everything else he should have already that's not computer related. Amps, mixerboard etc
He doesn't really have any of that stuff. I probably said it wrong, he was a musician so he doesn't have any music gear or anything besides music writing software and some mediocre instruments.

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I'd probably would want to know the software he uses and if he needs ram/good cpu, ect. I'd probably also would want to add an ssd into the build
Thing is, he doesn't know either. The software he has is just for putting notes on paper AFAIK, although it did cost him quite a bit, I don't remember the name of it.

Why would you say a ssd?

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It's not, especially just for composing. The rig demoed would be ideal: Good CPU, decent amount of RAM, and ALOT (I mean ALOT) of storage space is all you really need. A nice sized monitor helps as well.

If he ever wants to get serious about recording then more money should go toward good pre-amps and a decent mic kit to get started with.
Storage space for storing what, recordings? It seems like audio doesn't take that much space? (I'm trying to understand, not being defensive or anything )

What about RAID, say I get him 1 or 2 TB. I'd guess raid 0 is a bad idea, what about raid 5 or raid 1?

He is on a budget, so I won't be able to go all out with raid controllers and such .


One last thing, what about OS? I've heard about tweaking an os for better audio, is this a good idea, or should I just leave it as is. It is going to be his computer for general use too.

As always, thanks for the helping .
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Bump.

I talked to him again, and he's fine with an external dac, so I'll probably go with an emu 0404 usb if budget allows.

Last thing to consider is I have a core2duo rig I'm currently fixing. All or part of it can be used for his computer.
c2d e7200
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It is doing weird stuff right now, so I'm hoping it's not the mobo or else I'll be out a mobo and an OS.

Anyway, do you think a c2d is enough power? I could get him an amd build for fairly cheap that probably would be significantly more power. Any suggestions? It would save him money for sure to go with the core2duo, but I'm not sure if that is enough power.
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EMU and some powered monitors, like the KRK Rokits, will do fine. Go with the 5 or 6 version. If he doesn't have Logic yet, get that.

A C2D is plenty. If you try and run multiple channels with different effects on each, that will consume your CPU power, but most producers fix this by freezing multiple channels so they aren't being processed, only played like an audio file. DAWs now are so adaptable that you can do just as much work on older computers as newer ones. Newer ones are just less nuanced for workflow.

What kind of music are we talking? If he is using lots of samples, a large HDD would help a lot, but you don't need much more than 500GB. Audio actually takes a lot of space because you are using .wav and .aiff, not .mp3. It all depends on how many tracks you are making, but audio production can take up a lot of space.

You don't need to tweak audio in Windows, except for using the Asio drivers, but I think E-MU should have those for their interface.
Edited by slytown - 12/28/10 at 6:12am
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