If your system is rock solid...

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I use 3 different systems with N-Track. If your systems are rock solid, then post them here.

System 1 (home studio)

Athlon 64 3000+
ASUS A8V Motherboard (VIA chipset with OB audio disabled)
ATI 850XL Video
SoundBlaster Live w/livedrive
Plextor 712A DVDRW
2gig PC3200 ram
2 Maxtor Harddrives
Win XP Home SP2

System 2 (Office Studio)

Athlon XP-M 2600+ (O’Ced to 2.2ghz)
DFI Nforce II Infinity Ultra Mobo
2gig PC2700 ram
ESI WamiRack 192 (outboard audio)
Soundblaster Live
2 Maxtor Drives
Win XP Home SP2

System 3 (Portable Studio)

Compaq Presario 2175US Notebook
Athlon XP-M 2400+
512meg PC2700 ram
ATI onboard video
External Firewire HD (LaCie 250gig + Seagate 300gig)
M-Audio USB DUO audio
WIn XP Pro SP2

This setup seems to work pretty much faultlessly:

Pentium 4 3GHz (630)
Asus P5GDC Deluxe MB
Asus Extreme N6600 PCI-E dual graphics card
2 * 256 PC3200 RAM
2 * WD360Raptor 40Gb SATA (striped - data)
2 * Seagate Barracuda 40Gb PATA (mirrored - system)
M-Audio Delta 44 (latest WDM drivers)
Windows XP SP2

Used to have random daily crashes with:

Asus P4C800 Deluxe MB - possibly RAID related


AMD Athlon XP 3200+
ASUS A7V600 mobo
VIA KT600 chipset
2 x WD 80GB 8meg cache IDE hard disks
Lite-On CDRW
HP Lightscribe DVD burner
1 GB Kingston PC3200 RAM
Matrox G450 AGP Dual head graphics adapter
EMU 1820M Audio/MIDI Interface

Works great.


My DAW specs:

ASUS P5LD2-WM uATX board (Intel 945 chipset)
P4 630 3GHz socket 775 2MB cache
2 GB DDR RAM 533 MHz
Seagate 200 GB SATA hard drive 8 MB cache
Liteon DVD/CD burner (bulk, IDE, don’t remember specs)
ANTEC ARIA low-noise uATX form factor cabinet
EMU 1820 PCI soundcard system with breakout box, 8 balanced ins/outs, MIDI, ADAT and optical interfaces, running latest ASIO drivers
Windows XP Pro SP2 (with all available security updates)

I use the onboard graphics interface (good enough for tracking, one hardware item less to care about/get new drivers for/troubleshoot), a 19" LCD monitor, a Logitech trackball (I never cared for computer mice at all, and a trackball stays in the same place whenever you use it), ESI NeAR 05 monitors, and a Behringer HD4700 for headphone monitoring (yep, the system is quiet enough to allow mic recordings in the same room!).

I have the system installed in a makeshift hi-fi bench from IKEA lined with dampening material (the wrong kind, I guess, but I’m looking into that at the moment).

I have also done a great deal of optimizing, driver updating, and customizing to get the system to run as smoothly and perfectly as possible. Apart from the VSTi handling, n-Track runs next to perfect in this system. I am using the latest, non-beta version 4.x.

An important issue here is the bit about optimization of the Windows environment. If this is left unattended, even the most slick system in the World would cough and sputter every time an attempt to record, mix, or play back anything more than a couple of tracks was attempted. please, please check out The MusicXP site and allow a day or two to test out all the tuning tips there - some may not apply to your particular setup - YMMV.

regards, Nils

Gateway M520 widescreen laptop
P4, 2.8Ghz with 1.5Gb RAM and XPHome
60Gb internal drive, 80GB Glyph GT050 external firewire drive, Internal DVD/CD burner
Motu828mkII interface

Homebuilt Tower
P4, 2.8Ghz Intel 845GEBV2 mobo, 512Mb RAM and Win2K
80Gb and 200Gb internal drives, Lite-On DVD/CD burner
Echo Mia soundcard

Ntrack ver 4.1.5 build 2040

This computer is pretty stable after tweaking the performance and removing unnecessary services. The video is it’s only quirk and so the performance slider is slid back 1 notch. The only problem with this thing is that it is not powerful enough to get much use out of JamStix or capable or running synth plugins very well. I can record alot of tracks with no problem and can record 2 simultaneous 24 bit tracks without burps.

HP XT963 Celeton 1.2
512 megs memory
Onboard Intel video
Windows XP sp2
Zonealarm Free version
This comp is networked to 3 others ( I lock the net when recording)
Audigy 2 ZS for midi playback
Audiophile 24/96 for recording
Always running the current N-track build
I use Cakewalk Home Studio as well

No problems within the limitations of the box…though I want a new one eventually.


HP DC5100s
Intel P4 3ghz HT
Intel 915GV chipset
800mhz FSB
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (onboard)
Delta1010LT with latest drivers
Integrated Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
1 GB (samsung) memmory
N-track v3.3 (build 1516)
Windows XP SP2

My previous system was slow, but also rocksolid:

950 Celleron
Asus P3v133 main board
VIA Appolo pro133 chipset
256 MB RAM
VIA Chipset (had no problems after installing the via 4in1 hyperion drivers)
133 mhz FSB (running at 100 as that was the most the celeron wanted to be stable at)
40GB WD hdd
Delta 1010LT with latest drivers
SBLive! with KX drivers
Dual Boot 98 SE and XP SP1
N-Track 3.3 (24bit build 1516)
Edit/ I must say that I NEVER got midi to work properly with this PC.
VSTi’s did work tho’ so I could import midi’s and play it as a VSTi without any timing problems. Playback through the JV1010 also didn’t work. /edit


Asus Cusl2c
Celeron 800
256 Ram
Hard drive in caddy used just for recording (alternative hard drive plugged in for normal use)
Delta 1010
Win 98
MME drivers
n-track 2.2
Records eight simutaneous tracks from Delta
Plays back 40 or more tracks

This is all Very interesting . . . but what build and version of Ntrack is everyone using?
The problems for may folks appear to have started with version 4.
So a system that work with version 3.3 will not help me if I am using version 4.2 build or vis versa.
Version 3.3 works on everything I own. Version 4.1?

n-Track Version 4.0.5

AMD Athlon 2200+
ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Mobo - nforce chipset
Nvidea 5200 graphics card
1 gig 3200 memory
2 ATA 7200 rpm harddrives
1 SATA 7200 harddrive
1 External HD hooked up by Firewire
Plextor CD burner (the top of the line model)

M-Audio Delta 66 with Omni Box
M-Audio Delta 1010

This system has been very stable with n-Track 3.3 and now 4.0.5. I’m building up my courage to upgrade to 4.2 when it’s ready.

Alright right… no one has done it yet… so I will.

Rock solid config:

Viagra processor with a Cialis MOBO.


With an Enzyte audio interface… only trouble is all the songs start off with “THIS is Bob!” :D :D

Bubba? You is nuts! I knew I liked you for a reason…


It was just too easy of a joke to not cash in. I mean, come on! i sat here patiently for a week now and no one bit, so I took it on myself. BTW, the Trojan hard drives can’t be beat either. (pun intended)

If your system hangs, just squirt a little KY in the port…

D – “Wifey? Send the kids to your mom’s house OK?”

Well, this thread is ruined.




Saboteurs!! :angry:

Meanies!! :p

Renegades!!! :O

(BTW, now I get the meaning of the term ‘plug-in’… :D )

lame regards, Nils K

Just make sure you wear a wrapper so you don’t get VST