[ardour-users] DAW recommendations

Matt Brown mbrown83 at ucsc.edu
Wed Mar 8 10:55:55 PST 2006

Hi Everyone.

I'm looking to make my entrance into the world of digital audio 
recording in the next few weeks, and I'm getting ready to throw down on 
some hardware.  I'm definitely going to use linux only, and I'm 
wondering what hardware recommendations people have.  I'm planning on 
getting an M-Audio 1010, but I'm unsure about the CPU/RAM/Motherboard.  
I wish there was a website somewhere that estimated what you can do with 
such and such hardware.  I want to do multitrack recording, software 
synthesis, effects processing, etc.  I want to support potentially 30 
tracks at once, but more likely I'll be doing less than 10 most of the 
time.  I want the synthesis to be top notch (whatever that means).  Is 
there any hardware that helps with that?

Basically, I would like to know:  where are the bottlenecks typically on 
a DAW?  Do I need a dual-core processor, or 2 processors?  Do you 
recommend 64 bit over 32 bit (Studio 64 looks pretty cool)?

It would be really helpful if people could post their hardware specs, 
briefly describe what they are doing with the system, and any 
limitations they have encountered.

I hope this is an appropriate question for the forum...

Matt Brown

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