Software Users (a Few Questions)
For the people that use their computers to produce, what programs do you use(seeing how you can download every program evermade for the computer maybe just list the main ones you use)? If you have a dedicated machine that you use only for your music/producing how many harddrives do you have and what are the sizes? ? ? I was thinking of getting two to start out with cause i could always install the third one down the road if needed. For the sizes i was debating on whether or not to get a 20-40 gig harddrive as the primary and a 100+ gig for the second drive. Reason being is that the primary drive would be for the OS (operating system), all my software/programs and the drumkits/samples i would be working with right then and their. The other harddrive would be for storage of all the sounds, samples, more sounds, and everything else under the sun that would be related to music/producing (such as contracts that have been written up, numbers/addresses/emails of connets, ect...) Now for the soundcard, I'm looking for a good card that will do everything needed but hurt my bank account. I've heard good things on the Creative Labs Platnium joint and the M Audio Delta66(i think thats the name). To wrap it all up what kind of mixer would i need to connect my keyboard, turntable, 2 pair of headphones, a microphone and maybe two open jacks for misc. stuff..............Thanks for the peopel that will take the time out to read and reply to my questions. I'm a little tired so please excuse and spelling errors or anything that may not make sense,
well the 2 hard drives is definatly a good idea (you want to keep your os/apps and audio seperate - there are several reasons but one that is often overlooked is - if your os drive dies then at least all your audio ish is still cool.)
Anwyays if your serious about using a computer for audio dont buy a soundblaster. I dont have anything bad to say about the card if your into playing games and listening to mp3z but creative labs is a joke in the pro audio department. For a good sound card - listen there are a lot of options - think about how many inputs you want (ie how many audio sources you want to be able to record at the same time). here are a few good names to look at - m-audio/echo audio/motu/links/rme. those are but a few but they are good companies taht make quality products. They also offer different varieties of cards so you can pick one depending on your needs and budget.
your mixer should reflect your sound card. if you only have a 2 input card - you might not need a 12 in mixer - again it depends what you want to do but my suggestion is to always think a little ahead - you never know when you might need to add something else and its a bitch when you dont have enough ins.
on to software. alot of cats will come down on fruity loops but its an excellent program, and the new vers lets you record audio - dont need much more then taht but again if your serious you might want a little more. me personally I use nuendo in conjuntion with reason and a lot of virtual synths and samplers. everything works fine for me - but I have also been doing for a while now and have learned many a lesson. other sequencing apps that are worth a look are cubase/sonar/logic/dp3/protools. you havent said if you were going mac or pc so I just put a few from both platforms.
I think that should cover the basics but you should really research your purchase of a computer. if you go pc - the components you buy will determine if you will have problems in the future or if everything will go smooth.
dont be shy to ask more questions (the more you know,the better it is)
hope this helps
If I was to use a comp for audio, I think I would get 2 fat ass drives. Use 1 for all data storage, and keep the second clean and defragged for audio recording. I also wouldn't advise keeping all your contacts/important info etc. on your computer. You know when you get rid of the rolodex that motherfucker will crash hard.. I guess I just don't trust it, do what you want..
OK...First off I think 2 Harddrives are plenty for now (like you said, you can always add a 3rd later) Make sure they're at least 7200 rpm and you should be straight. For soundcard, the M auodio is straight, unless you wanna go the protools route, you can just buy the digi001, and thats your audio card. As for making the beats...there's plenty to choose from...you can try fruityloops, i heard the newest version of that is pretty good. As for a mixer, your best bet on a low budget to handle what you wanna do, you can cop the macki 12 channel...with all that you'll be ready to go....