Thanks for your answers, yall.
>Posted By: Sol Barnes Posted On: May 15th, 2003 8:43am
>Did you mean 256Mb or RAM?
I meant 256 Mb.
>Get as much memory as you can afford, at least 512Mb
>maybe 768Mbs if you can.
I'll do that...
>And what sound card was you going to get, dont know much
>about Lap Tops and sound cards but in my experience on-
>board sound devices are as much use as a, umm, not very
An external audio card, either something very simple like the UASC-1 from waveidea (http://www.waveidea.com) cheap, reliable with good drivers, it's one of my colleagues who did it
or more complex like the Esi Quata-Fire (http://www.esi-pro.com/viewProduct.php?pid=16&page=1)
>Posted By: Tom Smith Posted On: May 20th, 2003 6:54pm
>with regards to processors, from my understanding i
>suggest you look into their floating point processing
>capabilities, as this is a major factor in running many
>audio programs especially with effects and soft synths.
>its been a while since i compared PC processor brands so
>i couldn't tell you this or that, y'know?
I think all Pentium IV and Athlon have floating point capabilities
>... if you can i'd look at a macintosh, since apple
> bought emagic out you can be sure that the audio
> sequencer will integrate well with the operating system.
I hate Mac and I'll need the computer to do code developping (I don't know Mac). (I have the crasy idea to have several partitions with 2 XP OS and 1 Linux, one XP OS being dedicated only to music.)
>A serious soundcard will require a mains power supply -
>like the MOTU, this enables the use of phantom power for
>mics which is very useful - but it depends what you want
>to be able to do...in terms of actual recording.
Bummer, the UASC-1 doesn't have its own power supply.
I'll get a Minidisc recorder (portable DAT is too expensive for now) and record nature sounds (the sea, little birds, wind, water, frogs etc...), process them in the computer and mix it with the music.
I'll try to do lots of sampling.
I want the most minimal setup I can have (and still be able to make good music)
(Reazon, Cubase, Ableton Live, Acid Loop, a softsampler, that's all)
>Posted By: Jensx Posted On: May 21st, 2003 10:26am
>general notes: if you making music on a notebook, it
>shouldnīt be noisy cause you want to hear your music:
>just make sure to get a silent modell - thatīs why you
>should avoid intel p4, get p4 mobile, athlon xp or -
>thatīs the best mobile processor to date - intel pentium
>m (banias or centrino); a lot of notebooks put some
>strange sounds on their audio out; these noises come from
>the irda ot the hd, this should be checked;
I didn't think about that, it looks like I'll get an Athlon then since mobile pentium was too expensive for me...