I am about to upgrade my studio. I have $2800 to spend on a new PC or Mac.I am currently using a Intel Pentium Core Duo 2 with 2 Gig Ram. My motherboard only allows for 2 Gig ram so i am at the limit.
I do everything on 1 computer. I run Soner Home Studio 6 as my Sequencer, Kontakt 3 as my sampler wich I used as VST in sonar and I use EWQLSGO, Garritan, Vienna Symphonic, etc. etc. as my samples. Currently I only have one harddrive 350 GB that Windows XP 32bit plus all my programs and samples is installed one. Yeah... I know.. not the ideal way to go. But so far it has worked for me. I do see that the memory issue is starting to kreep in and a lot of CPU overload when I use more than 7 tracks of samples (percussion, violins, woodwinds... etc. etc.)
I was thinking of buying Symhonic Choirs, but EAST WEST told me that 2 Gig ram is not enough to load multiple voices and use them with orchestra sounds. Thats a bummer. No i have to settle for Symphonic Voices which is an old library and no word builder. (By the way... is there any other company that does choral samples ?)
So here I am now, wanting to buy a new PC or Mac. I have never worked on a mac and dont know if my programs are support or able to install on a mac.
So my question is this. What should I get ? I here XP can only go up to 4 gig Ram, but then using 64 Bit XP I can get more ram, but Sonar and Kontakt3 is not support. So I am confused.
What setup can I buy or build to make me effectively score for film without having memory issues ?
I was looking at the new Intel Xenon Quad Core with 8 gig ram, but having xp on that wont even matter. XP will not use the ram on the system pass 2 Gig.
How are you guys doing it ? All I want is to seemlessly run my sampler, sequencer without any memory CPU overload problems. I am willing to use 2 PC's if need be, but I have not knowledge of how to do that. I will get 3 HD for my new setup.
So what are you guys's setups like ? Is it working great for you ?
Remember I need to run Sonar, Kontakt3 and be able to used big samples as EWQLSGold + Stormdrum and Vienna etc. etc.
I will need to get this in th next 2 weeks, so any answers and help will be VERY MUCH appreciated !!
Thank you guys !!