Re: help for building new desktop pc

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Hi Renato,

I lean more towards mastering and production and for the last year or
two I've been using the system more for testing DIY speakers than
actual music work...  I'm not much of a musician myself but on
occasion I have used the card for what it was intended, mixing a live
mic, hardware synth and my son's electric guitar (and soft drum kit)
each into their own track without any problems.  I once ran several
hardware synths into a single Ardour channel with a keyboard
controller handling multiple soft synths over MIDI.  This was years
ago on a single CPU 32 bit system with 1GB of RAM...  audio tracks
from the hard synth (or other) were no problem but I occasionally got
xruns trying to record them with various soft synths at the same time.
 I think this was more a CPU/RAM limitation rather than the sound
card.  Today I have the card in a 64 bit quad core AMD with 16GB of
RAM and although I no longer have my hard synths to play with the soft
ones I run never create a problem, even pushing 6+ real time tracks at
the same time, audio I/O via the delta for monitoring.  The cards
biggest limitation is that the breakout box is limited to 4x4 i/o
which upgrading to one of the "larger" models would alleviate.

Best,

Jon

On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 7:19 AM, Brett McCoy <idragosani@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM, Renato <rennabh@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Sat, 10 Mar 2012 07:54:13 -0800
>> october001@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>>
>>> I've been running an maudio delta 44 internal sound card for years,
>>> moving it from one pc to the next as I upgrade.  Probably not the
>>> cheapest card out the but not the most expensive either!  Very low
>>> latencies were obtainable (without xruns) even on my earliest single
>>> CPU machines.  Running it now on a 64 bit quadcore amd I built and
>>> I've never thought about replacing it.
>>>
>>> I've never overclocked any of my machines, even for gaming purposes.
>>>
>>> I experiment a lot but tend to stay around some sort of debian/ubuntu
>>> (or mint) hybrid, usually with a hand rolled rt kernel.  A yamaha 4
>>> channel mixer and an maudio midi 4x4 has allowed me to mix hardware
>>> synths with soft in a loaded ardour setup quite effectively.
>>>
>>
>> Thanks Jon for replying. May I ask what type of audio work you do with
>> your system, and what brings it to its limit?
>
> I've done audio work using a 32-bit Dell XPS machine with only 2G of
> RAM and stock Ubuntu Studio kernel... I mixed several 30+ track
> sessions of orchestral material with MixBus (and several plugins
> running, like LV2 IR) and while it did tax the system, it never went
> down nor did it generate any xruns while mixing. If you are running
> samplers or doing live work with monitoring (which should always be
> done with hardware), your needs may be higher.
>
> --
> Brett W. McCoy -- http://www.brettwmccoy.com
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> "In the rhythm of music a secret is hidden; If I were to divulge it,
> it would overturn the world."
>     -- Jelaleddin Rumi
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