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Last post Fri, Sep 18 2020 by RCMusic23, 6 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Feb 20 2019 18:47
by Andrew Fez
Joined on Wed, Feb 20 2019, Posts 2

Hello,

I have all this legacy gear - 828's, MOTU Timepieces, VSL original on Gigastudio on an old Windows XP computer, VI's on a Windows 7 computer, DP5 on a G5.  One of the Timepieces is hooked up to my VSL via a SCUSI connection lol! 

With today's technology am I able to downsize all this stuff?  For instance, could I just buy ONE computer, get the latest Digital Performer, and put the basic Vienna Instrument libraries on some solid state drives added to that one computer?  I guess I would still need some type of audio interface to connect my studio monitors, but is it possible to downsize these days?  I'm looking for a smaller physical footprint for my rig. 

Thanks,

Andrew Fez

Posted on Thu, Feb 21 2019 04:46
by GP1
Joined on Mon, Feb 18 2019, Posts 23

Totally!  With the new AMD Ryzen line, for example, and 64gb of RAM you can do more with one machine than was possible in the days of GIGASTUTIO (great sounding sampler btw, the best to this day, IMO) and Mac G5s.

If you are up to it, you can even build your own PC with exactly the hardware you need for best performance.  That's what I did!  

GP1
Posted on Thu, Feb 21 2019 07:59
by bbelius
Joined on Sat, Mar 14 2015, Posts 810

Hi,

I have everything on my main-computer (Intel i5 8600k 6x @4.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 3TB SSD's).
Works great after some tuning and tweaking (disabling power-saving functions...).

If you are not afraid of computer parts, I would recommend building your own rig. You can choose your case, cooling and you'll save a lot of money ;)

Best, Ben

Ben
Technical Support - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Thu, Sep 17 2020 17:08
by Andrew Fez
Joined on Wed, Feb 20 2019, Posts 2

Okay thanks Ben!  So you're able to run over 16 channels on your rig?  I need at least 32 for my orchestra stuff. 

Posted on Fri, Sep 18 2020 10:12
by RCMusic23
Joined on Wed, Apr 30 2014, Posts 34

Originally Posted by: bbelius Go to Quoted Post

Hi,

I have everything on my main-computer (Intel i5 8600k 6x @4.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 3TB SSD's).
Works great after some tuning and tweaking (disabling power-saving functions...).

If you are not afraid of computer parts, I would recommend building your own rig. You can choose your case, cooling and you'll save a lot of money ;)

Best, Ben

Exactly! I built a i9-9900K 64GB RAM NVMe drives etc for around half the price of a ready-made PC. I didn't know anything about building them either. I good idea for an absolute beginner is to buy a bundle which normally comes with a CPU, CPU cooling fan pre-installed on the motherboard. Then you'll need a PSU, Chassis (which might come with other fans attached too).

Sadly, I rushed things and after building this, I then bought a high spec MacBook Pro 16 inch to be my master, to the PC Server, but have realised that the MBP can handle my big templates alone, so am wondering what to do with the PC build at the moment.

i9-9900K
64GB RAM

VE Pro 7 / MIR Pro / Sibelius Ultimate / Cubase Pro 10.
Posted on Fri, Sep 18 2020 10:16
by RCMusic23
Joined on Wed, Apr 30 2014, Posts 34

Andrew, as you've seen from the replies, you can do that with one system. You can even get a PCIe audio interface which slots into your computer build and will give excellent low latency performance. So can keep everything in one 'box' so to speak. Unless I'm mistaken, the PCIe audio card will perform better than the latest Thunderbolt 3 interfaces, as it's directly plugged into your motherboard.

i9-9900K
64GB RAM

VE Pro 7 / MIR Pro / Sibelius Ultimate / Cubase Pro 10.
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