I'm probably considered old-school now , but I've been using my Kurzweil K2VX with Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 for about 6 years now to fulfill my songwriting and scoring needs and I think it's time for an upgrade. I need something to produce some realistic orchestral scores as well as some synth sounds. I've been reading tons of posts about system requirements for GigaStudio 3 Orchestra which has definitely caught my eye. I'd like to build a dedicated system for it, but I think I have a pretty decent one already. Trouble is, I use other applications like Visual Studio .NET for programming and Cool Edit Pro for sound editing regularly (consider them side hobbies).
I would like to be able to continue using other applications which may require significant resoruces, but is there any way I could use what I have already (with some inexpensive upgrades) to get GigaStudio 3 Orchestra up and running smoothly on the same machine?
Asus P4P800 Deluxe 800 Mhz FSB
P4 2.6Ghz 512MB cache HT
1GB DDR 400Mhz RAM
2 x 80GB SATA 7200RPM drives
SoundBlaster Audigy 2ZS card (not GSIF compat.)
Old gameport MIDI Adapter with IN/OUT/THRU connecting my Kurzweil to the SoundBlaster.
I also have a PIII 933Mhz 512MB at my disposal.
What would you recommend I do? I'm also a little confused about the digital audio sound cards like ones by M-Audio and RME that I might (?) need. Do I absolutely need a new sound card?
Thanks for your replies!