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    Question OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Hi All~

    A friend of mine would like to me to help him put together a DAW system for around $4000. (His total budget for the first year is $5000, but we're aiming for $4K in case he wants to add another computer).

    He needs: a computer, sound card/interface, sequencer and samples/VIs. He needs to be capable of producing decent but not broadcast-quality orchestral mockups (his partner is GS3/VSL equipped), as well as a palette of electronic/synthetic sounds.

    I have a basic idea of what to recommend, but I'd like to hear your visions as well.

    Thanks.

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Quote Originally Posted by XanaX
    Hi All~

    A friend of mine would like to me to help him put together a DAW system for around $4000. (His total budget for the first year is $5000, but we're aiming for $4K in case he wants to add another computer).

    He needs: a computer, sound card/interface, sequencer and samples/VIs. He needs to be capable of producing decent but not broadcast-quality orchestral mockups (his partner is GS3/VSL equipped), as well as a palette of electronic/synthetic sounds.

    I have a basic idea of what to recommend, but I'd like to hear your visions as well.

    Thanks.
    Well, I am afraid this would be closer to $5k. Dual G5 Mac w/ Logic Pro 7, a Echo Layla audio inteface, the 3 Spectrasonics plug-ins, and Kirk Hunter's Emerald library and/or perhaps GPO.

    The advantage of Logic Pro in this scenario (instead of DP, Cubase, or Sonar which are all great apps, so let's not start flaming), is what is included with it. It comes with terrific softsynths and the EXS24 sampler, decent FX with Channel Strips to get you going and teach you about using FX, and a good convolution reverb that used to sell for $500 by itself.

    This presumes that he already has a keyboard controller.
    Composer, Logic Certified Trainer, Level 2,
    author of "Going Pro with Logic Pro 9."

    www.jayasher.com

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Yep, he's all set as far as controller(s) go. In fact, he already has a couple of Mac 9600s running some 3.x version of Cubase as well as some modules (e.g. JV-2080), so he's not completely new to the game---just a tad archaic.

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Blaske
    Is he going to need to buy GS3 and VSL to be compatible with his partner? If so, that's going to soak up a lot of the budget before any hardware is purchased.

    If he can go Mac, Logic would get him off to a quick, economical start (it's loaded with great plug-ins and content, and has an excellent convolution reverb).

    Lee Blaske
    He won't be needing the GS3/VSL combo at this stage. I'm thinking an orchestral set in the under-$500 range (with possible upgrade path) should satisfy him for now.

    How much RAM were you guys thinking to start off with? (I'm leaning towards 2G). Also---Any idea how much it costs to assemble a custom PC in the States? Here in Israel, it's actually stupidly inexpensive (or so it seems to me)---around $40.

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Quote Originally Posted by XanaX
    He won't be needing the GS3/VSL combo at this stage. I'm thinking an orchestral set in the under-$500 range (with possible upgrade path) should satisfy him for now.

    How much RAM were you guys thinking to start off with? (I'm leaning towards 2G). Also---Any idea how much it costs to assemble a custom PC in the States? Here in Israel, it's actually stupidly inexpensive (or so it seems to me)---around $40.
    2 gig is good.
    Composer, Logic Certified Trainer, Level 2,
    author of "Going Pro with Logic Pro 9."

    www.jayasher.com

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Sound card/interface recommendations?
    I don't think he will be recording very much live audio at any given time.

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Quote Originally Posted by XanaX
    Sound card/interface recommendations?
    I don't think he will be recording very much live audio at any given time.
    Again, www.echoaudio.com. Good sound, good drivers, good prices.
    Composer, Logic Certified Trainer, Level 2,
    author of "Going Pro with Logic Pro 9."

    www.jayasher.com

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Does he have a keyboard already?

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Batzdorf
    Does he have a keyboard already?
    Yes.

    Like I said earlier, he's not new to MIDI. He just hasn't upgraded his rig since about 1998.

    He's finally ready to go "soft."

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    Re: OT: New System Advice? (Or, how would YOU spend $5000?)

    Hi!

    I am new in orchestral music, but I would like to give my opinion :

    1. Computer: $1200
    -AMD Athlon 64 processor
    -2GB of DDR RAM @ 400 MHz
    -Asus motherboard
    -2 x SATA 200 GB HD's
    -Fanless graphics card with dual monitor support
    -Antec Sonata case (for quieter operation)
    -2 x 17" TFT monitor (or one 19" TFT)

    2. Audio interface: $500
    -EMU 1820M (The actual drivers are OK, and has a pristine sound)

    3. Software/libraries:
    -Cubase SL 3 $400
    -Kirk Hunter's Emerlad $250
    -EWQL Gold $500
    -Garritan Personal Orchestra $250
    -G-Town samples $0!!!
    -ProjectSAM Bundle(True Strike/Brass) $700
    -Voxengo Pristine Space Convolution Rvb $140
    -Rob Papen Blue VSTi Synth $200
    -Crystal VSTi Synth $0!!!
    -NI Kontakt 2 (crossgrade from GPO) $270

    I think it's enough for starting.... (I wish I had so much )

    Just my $0,02


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