I'm a "low-level" composer, meaning I'm in university and can't afford anything right now. Recently I got some money and was going to buy just a sound card but I decided that maybe I should upgrade some other things in one big swoop instead of grappling for things slowly and slowly.
My computer right now isn't good for music at all but I struggle to make it work. For instance I only have 256mb of ram, so to combat that I composer for specific instruments and use low-size samples to cover the rest, then mixdown my first half and then re-assign the other instruments, mixdown them and combine them together. I'm thinking of upgrading my ram to 512mb or 1gb of ram, and getting an audiophile 24/96 for my soundcard.
My processor though is 1.7 ghz. Does the processor's speed count a lot in this case? Will it make much of a difference in music composition? Can I manage having 1gb of ram with a 1.7 ghz machine? I'm not too technically able in this area so I need some help.
Also, I've noticed when using EWQLSO samples on my current machine there is a delay between pressing the keys (in the cubase sequencer) and hearing the sample. I thought this was because the samples themselves are large and take a short while to play for that reason. Is this a fault of ram or cpu?