New to midi recording on a PC

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Tank, Jun 21, 2003.

  1. Tank

    Tank Guest

    Hi
    Having played around with demo versions of cakewalk on my laptop, I'm
    just about to purchase a desktop who's main purpose will be to run
    cakewalk software (or maybe cubase). Is there an ideal spec in terms
    of CPU & cd writer speed, ram / hard drive size, and sound card (heard
    a lot of good about the audigy platinum) etc. I'd rather get the best
    / quickest system I can now rather than be frustrated and have to
    upgrade later.

    Thanks in advance...

    Tank
  2. "Tank" <tanklcfc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:b87eb735.0306210911.70b6e9cc@posting.google.com...
    Hi
    Having played around with demo versions of cakewalk on my laptop, I'm
    just about to purchase a desktop who's main purpose will be to run
    cakewalk software (or maybe cubase). Is there an ideal spec in terms
    of CPU & cd writer speed, ram / hard drive size, and sound card (heard
    a lot of good about the audigy platinum) etc. I'd rather get the best
    / quickest system I can now rather than be frustrated and have to
    upgrade later.

    Contradictions in questions here.

    (a) "New to midi recording on a PC" - this can be done on a 386 with
    Cakewalk Express - MIDI itself is not processor intensive - so it depends on
    which version of Cakewalk and that program's minimum spec.

    (b) "I'd rather get the best / quickest system I can now" - then buy the
    best you can with your available budget.

    Furthermore:

    You specify MIDI Recording with no mention of Audio Recording....

    Don't forget a soundcard often has two functions - audio recording/playback
    and a MIDI controllable synthesizer on-board. Most times audio will be good
    and the synth wil be cr*p or vice-versa.

    Therefore *what* are you trying to do "Midi recording" or audio and MIDI...?
    If you are "MIDI recording" what will make the sounds - the on-board synth
    or an external unit...?

    D.
  3. Tank

    Tank Guest

    "NoHeadRequired" <info@NoHeadRequired.SPAM.tk> wrote in message news:<bd7g90$bt1$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk>...
    > "Tank" <tanklcfc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:b87eb735.0306210911.70b6e9cc@posting.google.com...
    > Hi
    > Having played around with demo versions of cakewalk on my laptop, I'm
    > just about to purchase a desktop who's main purpose will be to run
    > cakewalk software (or maybe cubase). Is there an ideal spec in terms
    > of CPU & cd writer speed, ram / hard drive size, and sound card (heard
    > a lot of good about the audigy platinum) etc. I'd rather get the best
    > / quickest system I can now rather than be frustrated and have to
    > upgrade later.
    >
    > Contradictions in questions here.
    >
    > (a) "New to midi recording on a PC" - this can be done on a 386 with
    > Cakewalk Express - MIDI itself is not processor intensive - so it depends on
    > which version of Cakewalk and that program's minimum spec.
    >
    > (b) "I'd rather get the best / quickest system I can now" - then buy the
    > best you can with your available budget.
    >
    > Furthermore:
    >
    > You specify MIDI Recording with no mention of Audio Recording....
    >
    > Don't forget a soundcard often has two functions - audio recording/playback
    > and a MIDI controllable synthesizer on-board. Most times audio will be good
    > and the synth wil be cr*p or vice-versa.
    >
    > Therefore *what* are you trying to do "Midi recording" or audio and MIDI...?
    > If you are "MIDI recording" what will make the sounds - the on-board synth
    > or an external unit...?
    >
    > D.


    Well nohead, my contradictions are due to my ignorance which is why i
    put 'new' in the subject title!
    Yes plan to use on board synth initally but yes will also be recording
    audio - guitar & vocals

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