I'm a veteran composer and I've recently went on a shopping-spree and purchased a series of EastWest librariess and think it's time for an upgrade. But I'm a bit out of the loop with technology for the past years as I've been sticking with my old system for far too long.
This is what I got now:
Voices of Passion
I might add Ministry of Rock and the Hollywood series later if my system can handle it versus being worth the investment compared to quality gain if you consider I already own Symphonic Orchestra.
I want to get full potential out of all of these. I will compose orchestral music and world music.
I've been stuck with Adobe Audition and Reason for far too long so I want to upgrade this too.
My current system is:
Intel Core Duo, E8400 @ 3.00ghz
4GB RAM (XP only recognises 3.25 when rightclicking MyComputer specs)
Harddrive ST3500320AS 500GB, 4 partitions
Emu E-DSP soundcard
System was bought in 2007-8
SO: **** I've got about 1000 USD to spend on a new system (to either replace or add to the current one).
I'm very much a playing composer, a live player, meaning my composing style is live-play where-after I edit and expand.
I'm not up to date with what's possible regarding slave machines and such. I've also heard about "server motherboards" but I have no clue where to start looking and how this would function practically.
I'm thinking that my current system is beefy enough at least be function for some tasking, but I'm skeptical with my 4gb of RAM, especially with XP not even recognizing all of it. Should I install a few of the EW VSTS on that system and get another *main system* with the other ones on it, then linking them or something similar? Or can I just keep using this system if I would put Win7 on it? Advice appreciated!
It would be a waste to ditch my current system, I have a feeling 1000USD isn't going to get me very far if I have to start a whole new single system from scratch so i prefer to keep it for some purpose if I can, maybe upgrade the old one a bit and add a new one. But I can stretch to 1500 USD if required.
More things I wonder: upgrading to Win7 or Win8? - could one system be winXP and the other Win7/8 or would that gave major problems?
How about the benefit / problems with 64bit OS using several systems connected?
As far as sequencer/host I'm thinking about Cubase & Ableton live, but feel free to recommend against it with something else that would fit me. I want it to work fantastic with my EastWest libraries.
I would really appreciate your input. Serious advice would be a light in a dark tunnel of a man getting grey hair from the available options and pitfalls of potentially wasting money with all the incompatibility risks and driver/communication problems. I just want the East West VSTs to sound right and work flawlessly ( I can handle 1 crash per day, just not 1 every hour). Thanks!