Topic: Have UFX... now need computer... PC / Mac?
Recently picked up my new UFX... very very impressed with the sound / all the features.. RME definitely on to a winner here..
BUT.. my old PC (specs below) is just not up to scratch it seems. The PC was tailored to suit my Digi001 a good few years ago and has been performing pretty well since then. But with the UFX plugged in, either with firewire or USB, the computer becomes periodically unresponsive and when I am able to record, anything less than 1024 buffer sizes causes glitches.
Have installed the latest drivers but didn't help. RME have advised that the PC is likely to be the problem so I am going to bite the bullet and upgrade it. I'm keen for suggestions about which way to go - Mac or PC, AMD or intel.
Cheapest option for me is probably to buy a new motherboard, CPU and RAM and stick them in my existing box. If I do this I'll probably go for AMD as have had a good run out of my old PC (about 6 years).
But, I also like the idea of an iMac. Haven't used Macs seriously for about 20 years(!) though, so would be keen to know other's experience with them & RME interfaces... A few questions:
1. The fan in the PC is relatively noisy so I have to muffle it in a cupboard. My impression is that iMacs may be quiet enough to use in a single-room studio which acts as both the live room and control room. Is this true?
2. Is it possible to use 2 monitors with an iMac (not essential, but nice to know I could)?...
3. Can you use an external hard drive as the primary audio drive?... Can an iMac run say 24 tracks of audio + compressors & eq plugins on each channel plus say 10 busses with reverbs / delays etc?
4. Can I install windows & run my PC software on an iMac?
5. Will the iMac offer any other advantages with regard to stability / performance when teamed up with the UFX?
Any suggestions / comments welcome.
- Windows XP SP2
- ASUS A7V600 MB, AMD Athlon XP 3000+, 2.17GHz
- 1GB Ram
- Cubase 3.1.1