Back to square one: In the interest of getting the ball rolling and reducing personal stress, I\'ve decided to ditch Gigastudio once and for all. I want to use ONLY Sonar 3 (well, maybe adding SoundForge 7).
Can I get the quality samples integrated into my music that gigastudio promised (but, unfortunately couldn\'t deliver on my system) with Sonar 3 alone? (do I HAVE to get Kontakt/Halion or is Sonar 3 Producer sufficient?)
Here\'s my rig:
Athlon XP 2500+
512 MB PC2700 SDRAM
80 GB SEagate Barracuda IV ATA 133 7200 RPM
80 GB Maxtor Diamondplus 9 ATA 100 7200 RPM
AOPen AK79D-400VN NForce 2 Motherboard
NVidia 5200 AGP video card, 128 MB SDRAM
Onboard sound NForce Audio (software based?)
MPU-401 Comapitble MIDI Device
Asus CD RW Drive slave 1
Asus DVD drive slave 2
Windows 2000, System Pack 4
Even though I\'ve RTFM, the Aardvark Configuration panel\'s a bit of a head-scratcher. While I underSTAND it when I read through, being able to work out how to CONFIGURE it for various scenarios is the bitch. I need to configure it to:
1. Record vocals with a \"wet reverb\" headphone mix (playing MIDI and audio back) and a \"dry\" Input into Sonar.
2. Record guitars while monitoring it along with backing tracks through studio monitors
3. Input MIDI from a kawai keyboard while monitoring backing tracks -- configuring the MIDI to play samples of a quality on par with Gigastudio\'s (I bought some Akai libraries I thought I could use with Gigastudio)
So my questions are (and they\'re big ones, I know):
1. What should the settings be for the Aardvark\'s control panel to achieve those ends?
2. With only my Aardvark, Sonar 3 Producer and the onboard sound to choose from, what should I be choosing to output quality MIDI?
3. CAN I obtain top quality MIDI performance with just what I have?
4. What should the MIDI settings be in Sonar 3 Producer with the Aardvark and onboard NForce chip?
5. How do I install Sonar 3 to use my \"D\" drive for soundfiles?
I must sound like a total dolt, but, comparatively, my rig with Cakewalk 9, a Delta 44 and Soundblaster was a frigging SNAP to configure and use. If somebody can help me with these 4 hurdles, I swear I will get busy and hassle no one for a significant length of time.
Thanks for your time, one and all....