[ardour-users] Ardour DAW - Hardware advice please..

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 10:56:07 PST 2004

   I've got an HDSP 9652 in a home-built machine - Via motherboard,
Athlon XP 1600+ (or mayby this machine is the 2600+? Don't remember. I
have two.) 512MB, 1394 external audio drive. I can do 24 tracks easily
at 5mS latency. I've done one session with about 40 tracks. It seems
to be working fine, sans Ardour problems that are gettign fixed all
the time. This machine is FC2/PlanetCCRMA and a PlanetEdge kernel.

   You do NOT need dual-Opteron and RAID or SCSI to meed the needs you
state below. My thought is that all the processor is going to do for
you is allow more plugins which is not very important to me. It will
likely not help much with track count. Memory probably won't help alot
with track count either, but it never hurts - other than power

   I just got my kid a $199 Linspire PC at Frys as a Christmas
present. I blew away Linspire and loaded FC2 and PlanetCCRMA. If the
power supply wasn't so noisy I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if
that machine could do what you want. I have WineX (Cedega 4.2) loaded
and I'm playing Half-Life with only 128MB DRAM. Sound and video are as
good as any Windows box I have.

   Don't be so sure you need so much technology to make this work. Get
a nice 1394 drive, or a second internal drive, and 256MB or 512MB, and
I think you'll be in good shape.

Good luck,

On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 12:33:36 +0100, Happyface <happyface at happyface.dk> wrote:
> Hey all :) 
> I was wondering if anyone had some advice as how to build an Ardour DAW,
> who's able to handle 24 tracks at 44.1 KHz at a time, when recording. 
> I've counted on something like dual Opteron processors, 1-2 GB RAM, and RME
> Hammerfall HDSP 9652 sound card, and a Yamaha 01v-96 mixing console for
> frontend. 
> But the things I can't figure out is : 
> 1. What harddrives to choose ? 
> 2. Would I gain much performance in using some kind of RAID system for the
> harddrives ? 
> Any advice, or ideas you guys would have to offer, is greatly appreciated :)
> Kent 
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