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Building audio PC for Samp.7&other questions


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Dear all,

I'm about to buy an audio PC from a music PC retailer,however,not owning

a PC system yet(having used hardware setups before) i need some advice

regarding purchase of SamplitudePro7 and the subsequent installation.

Basically,the PC is going to be set up and optimised for audio,however

how does the retailer go about the essential optimisation procedures

with Samplitude if i decide to buy the software using 'sam for rent'?

Hoping that the PC retailer is helpful,do i first obtain the software and

deliver it to the retailer during their building of my PC?OR, is there

a different procedure?

I need this to be coordinated smoothly and just thinking about it does my

head in,since it is essential to me that all necessary PC-Samplitude

optimisation be done by the inhouse engineers .

Maybe if i didn't have such aversion to computers and had bought a PC

when every sane person did , i wouldn't have my brain tied in a knot?!?

But i disgress...

Also,are there any specific CD writers recommended for mastering in Samplitude?Couldn't find this info enywhere here.This PC retailer seems

to offer only one particular brand .

Can this line be clarified more clearly,(since i'm such a beginner):

"...only one midi playback track in Samplitude."(It's from the midi features

page.)In what way?One track containing all 16 midi channels?Is it about

midi file playback? Does it mean,that every midi channel cannot be displayed on a separate track?Surely not?

Are there any users willing to comment on how they find the audio and midi side of Samp.Pro7. working together?I know that the demo will give me an overview but what about proper project conditions ie.lots of audio and midi tracks being shuffled about the VIP?

Anyway,there is so many questions cloggig my brain that you can come

and arrest me for wasting your time.But i shall not,and will go now...

i thank you,

Rafael.

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Optimizing a PC for audio is more to do with optimizing the OS rather than optimizing Samp. There are many sites on the web that go into detail about this. A couple are at:

http://www.sound-on-sound.com/sos/Mar02/ar...usician0302.asp

http://www.musicxp.net

Do a search using words like PC, audio, tweaks, optimization, XP, etc. and you'll find a number of other good ones.

Re audio and MIDI, yes you can have different MIDI channels on different tracks. I haven't run into any problems doing sessions with mixtures of audio and MIDI tracks.

Tony

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>Can this line be clarified more clearly,(since i'm such a beginner):

>"...only one midi playback track in Samplitude."(It's from the midi features

>page.)In what way?One track containing all 16 midi channels?Is it about

>midi file playback? Does it mean,that every midi channel cannot be displayed

>on a separate track?Surely not?

Where did you find this? This info is outdated and refers to the former

planned Emagic Samplitude 6.5 version (the smaller, non-pro one).

Neither Samplitude 7 Classic nor Professional have a special MIDI track

limitation.

Regards,

Volker

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That line is from the Midi features page (1st paragraph,last sentence)

Time to update the info?

I do appreciate that all information about important OS tweaks can be found on the net,but i'll be paying the pro audio PC retailer excactly

so that i don't have to go thru the hassle of OS optimization myself however little there may be to do.

I want to make sure that when i start using the software there won't

be any clicks,pops,drop outs or any other OS/computer problem.

Would welcome advice about the first part of my last post(sam for rent

and OS optimization by the proPC retailer)

thank you

Rafael

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Guest Scott Shane

Rafael,

Several points to consider:

- I understand that you don't want to know more than you need about the OS but, just as in the hardware/analog world, one still needs to know how the tools work and how to maintain them. No different with pc based audio. Learn as much as you can.

- I would recommend that you use Win XP as your OS. It's audio friendly and actually, other than turning off a lot of the GUI stuff which is very easy to do, it needs little or no tweaking.

- The real important stuff to get right for the folks building your pc, especially in regards to pops, clicks or dropouts, is not so much OS tweaking as choosing the right blend of audio interface and chipsets. 99% of the issues with pc audio come down to these two design choices. It is critically important that the audio interface you choose has current drivers for your OS and that they show a track record of updating those drivers. Choose wisely and everything, including Samplitude, will work right out of the box. Choose poorly and you'll be spending lots of time on manufacturers support forums.

If the folks building your pc specialize in audio pc's then they should already know what audio interfaces work with the hardware they prefer. If they can't answer those questions then you may want to consider another source. Good luck.

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Scott

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