[ardour-dev] MultiTrack recording

Chris Goddard chris at oofus.demon.co.uk
Sun Mar 5 16:24:53 PST 2006

On Monday 06 Mar 2006 00:08, Jan Depner wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-03-05 at 23:27 +0000, Chris Goddard wrote:
> > Hi All
> >
> > I hope this is the right place for this message. If not please advise.
> >
> > I'm currently working for a mobile recording company. We are planning a
> > new truck and have got to the 'what do we record onto' question. On our
> > other trucks, and our de-rig (anything you carry into a venue, record,
> > and carry out again !) systems we have predominantly used Pyramix as it
> > has proved very robust for recording up to 64 tracks for extended periods
> > of time. This new truck is to be a more budget conscious build so we are
> > looking at ways of saving costs, Pyramix can prove rather pricey !
> >
> > I have been following Ardour for quite some time and like very much the
> > direction it is taking. With this in mind I am quite keen to put together
> > a test system that uses Ardour as a multitrack recorder. The plan would
> > be a capable PC with an RME MADI card (or two if possible).
>     Ardour should be able to handle the track count and it appears that
> the RME MADI card is supported via ALSA.  The only problem I can foresee
> is the possibility that your system can't handle that many tracks.  I'm
> guessing that the main things you'll need to worry about are CPU
> performance, memory, FSB speed, and I/O throughput.  I'd recommend
> getting a system with AMD processor(s).

We certainly won't be a putting together an underspeced PC. AMD will probably 
be first choice.



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