Hi, I'm literally days from finally taking the plunge and dropping about $12,000 for my Gigastudio setup. I was hoping I could bounce off my list of gear I'll be purchasing and see if anyone sees any faults in the line-up.
Currently I own 1 PC which has Cubase SX, Sibelius, Kontakt, and Gigastudio 160 (with several libraries including GOS, Dan Dean W.W.'s and Solo Brass, QL '56 Strat, DFH, Ethnoworld, London Perc, Sam Horns, etc, etc.) on it. I also own a Yamaha S80 keyboard.
Anyway, on to the list o' stuff:
3 PC's with the following specs:
- Case: Antec Sonata
- Mobo: Asus P4C800E Deluxe
- Memory: 2GB Corsair XMS
- HD: OS on Western Digital 40GB IDE HD, Samples on 2 Seagate 120GB SATA's in RAID config
- CPU: Intel Pentium 4 Prescott 3GHz 800MHz FSB
- Floppy Disk: Sony Floppy Disk Drive
- Optical Drive: Sony Model CRX320E
As well as the following hardware:
- Master Computer Audio Interface (RME HDSP9652)
- Gigastudio Computer Audio Interfaces (RME DIGI9632 x 3)
- D/A Convertor (RME ADI-2)
- Monitors (Mackie HR824's)
- KVM Switch (IOGear Miniview III USB KVMP Switch Kit)
- Ethernet Hub (whatever looks good at the time)
And then of course there will be the software:
- Cubase SX upgrade to 2.0
- Gigastudio upgrade to 3.0
- Gigastudio 3.0 subsequent copies x 2
- MIDIOverLan (or similar software)
- Windows XP
- VSL Performance Set - Pro Edition
In a few months I'm going to be recieving an additional $5000. My options are putting together yet another Gigastudio computer (depends on how streamlined this current setup will be), purchasing more sample libraries, purchasing effects plugins, or whatever else I or you guys can think of.
Anyway, my goal is by the end of this to have a fully functional (read: efficient) setup that will seamlessly make the transition from the world of composition student to the world of real life. I have about 2 years to get cosy with this stuff before I leave school and all hell breaks loose.
So (other than the stupid loan itself am I making any mistakes here with my future purchases? Any suggestions would be appreciated greatly.