I just wanted to let everyone know that I just got a DAW from Soundchaser specifically for giga and sample recording. I would definately suggest that if you are in the market for a dedicated PC that you give these guys a call. They did a great job and everything works like a champ! The rack enclosure is very sturdy and houses everything very nicely.
But here is the determining factur of wether or not you have a way cool machine.
Do you get any pops and clicks ?
A simple test for this is load a large piano like giga piano ,hold down the sustain pedal and play like a mad man for 5 minutes
or so .
If you dont hear any pops and clicks youve achieved something that Ive haven\'t been able to fix on my Pentium 3 450.
Ill probably need to upgrade soon myself ,If this works for you maybe I will consider a athlon 1.2
Hey guys it is a AMD Athlon Thunderbird 266/1.2, ASUS A7V133 Motherboard, 768 megs of PC133 RAM
No pops or clicks at all and getting the full 160 without even breaking a sweat!
The cool thing about having someone like Soundchaser do this is that everything works flawlessly about of the box. Everything is configured to it\'s max. I think my boot drive is only about 700 megs full right now!
Actually I went on Paul\'s recomendation at Soundchaser. I originally was going to get a P4 but he talked me out of it. To be honest I can\'t remember what the reason was but I can find out or you can call them.
Here\'s what I do. I have two PC\'s now both running GS controlled from my Mac G4. On one PC (the PIII 550) I mostly have the winds and strings and run two reverbs and one EQ. On the second PC (the new Athlon) I have three reverbs and two EQ\'s going with over a gig of sounds loaded. The performance meter is at about 6% when at rest and 10-12% when playback is occuring. It\'s pretty sweet!! Both machines get the full 160 notes of polyphony with no problem so having 320 notes availible is REALLY nice.
A good tip that I\'ve figured out from this is to set the voice stealing to about 20 if you know that you are constantly maxing out your polyphony. I seem to get less glitches this way.
[This message has been edited by donnie (edited 05-19-2001).]