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RE: O.T. Computers

One more thing.  Build your system with multiple hard drives.  One as your
boot drive (where you install your programs); and one or more to hold your
audio data, backups etc.  Having a dedicated drive for just your audio will
greatly improve your performance.

-----Original Message-----
From: CarlJacobson@cakewalk.com [mailto:CarlJacobson@cakewalk.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 5:12 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: RE: O.T. Computers


Visit a local computer dealer and have a system built to your 
rather than buy one off the shelf from Best buy.  You will get more bang
from your buck, and only you will only get the things you need.

SCSI drives are the best but very expensive. If money is an option, Fast
EIDE drives will usually suffice under most situations.

Find out what applications you want to use, and if they all run under XP,
choose windows XP as your operating system.  You will get the best audio
performance from the XP OS.

Suggested audio interface manufacturers: Aardvark, Frontier Design, ECHO, M
Audio. All are good choices. Select the card that offers the i/o choices
that best fit your needs. Optical, SPDIF, Unbalanced XLR, 1/4 inch, numbers
of I/O etc.

Try to avoid a motherboard that has a modem or audio interface built into
the board.  These tend to cause hardware conflicts.

Dual processor systems are sweet.

You can't go wrong with intel. If you are going to go with a fast AMD
processor, add extra cooling to your system.  These tend to run hot and get
glitchy after long sessions if they overheat.

Selecting a large case for your computer will ensure room for expansion, 
also improve airflow.

I disapprove of pirating software. Copyright infringement is copyright
infringement weather it's music, software or any other type of intellectual
property. Why are you entitled to have people working for you with no
benefit to themselves?  It's also a bad idea.  Hackers sometimes introduce
viruses into cracked copies of software.

Best regards,


-----Original Message-----
From: Dylan DeAnda [mailto:dylan@loudcloud.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 4:49 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: RE: O.T. Computers

If you want to use it for all things musical, here are some highlights to
look for in your future "Hog":

If you're doing digital recording, editing, you'll want a hefty amount of
processor power, what's hefty? anything over 1GHz.

1GHz of RAM should cost you around 75-100 bucks, a mere pittance these 
so load it up with RAM, you can never be too thin or have too much RAM.

You'll also want a fast disk, preferrably SCSI 10,000RPM disks, this will
allow you fast reads and writes to all of that good musical data.

CDR is a must.

Go stripped down  on the applications that it comes with, get an OS, the
rest you can either download, pirate or purchase.  A lot of times
manufacturers (like compaq) load these machines with 100's of funky
applications that sound neat on the showroom floor, but you'll never use
"Ultra-Low-Fat-Magic-Colored-Disco-Roap-Map-Maker, with the iron-on T-shirt
printable sheets!"

Make sure that your computer case has slots available for expansion of
devices, such as adding a sound card or i/o board, etc.

Just think about what your system may look like in 2 years, and if you'll 
able to attain that with your current plan for a box.

Good luck,


-----Original Message-----
From: William Mcallister [mailto:BILLYBUDDHA@webtv.net]
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 4:25 PM
To: Loopers-delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: O.T. Computers

Well I'm coming out of the closet, thats right I don't own a computer.
BUT, I'm getting ready to purchase one and would like some advice from
the intelligent LD community. Whats the best bang for the buck? I
eventually want to use it for recording and all things musical. Thank
you all. Bill/Las Vegas