What Kind Of Computer & Sound Interface...???

What Kind Of Computer & Sound Interface should I purchase for around $1000???
Please help… My 6 year old Dell died and I’m jonsen for some n-track!

Thanks in advance!

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I’ll be honest with you man.
If I had 1000 to invest in gear I wouldn’t put it into a computer recording setup.
I’d go with something like this.
Foxter Total recording hardware package

Taking the computer out of the equation simplifies things.
No booting up, no viruses, no soundcard set up, no software.
Just plug in you and 16 other instruments simutaniously and press record.
Those tracks could always be sent to a computer to be mixed and mastered later.

If you prefer PC recording,
Alot of guys are using M-adio soundcards Audiophile Delta

Delta 1010

Or the delta 44 with it’s convienient break out box for the simpler minded.


I don’t think it matters what brand of computer you buy. Most of them use the same components.
It’s best to find a company that will build one to suite your specifications.
You want a quiet fan, fast hardrive, ect. ect. I guess it helps to know what direction technology is moving so you don’t buy something that isn’t campatable with upgrading later.

That’s about all I can think of it’s late, me tired.

But definitly check out this thread later, because this place has a slew of pro’s who know much more than me.

keep shinin

jerm :cool:

You need to choose some components that have been chosen to work well for audio work. Either buy a PC from a specialist music PC retailer or look at what components other people are using and build yourself a copy.
For example red sub.

red sub

A few years ago I made a copy of the Carillon having read a review and thats worked very well for me. Unfortunately the Carillon website doesn’t list the components they use.


If you just buy a regular ready made PC you can be lucky or not in the results you get.


A couple of tips:

You should have two hard drives. That’s two physical drives, not one drive with two partitions. You want to run windows and most of your programs - including n-Track - on the first (primary) drive and, keep files on and stream your music to and from the secondary drive. They should be high speed, 7200 rpm with large cache.

For a soundcard look at brands like M-Audio, Echo and Motu (there are others). Research them on the net to make sure there are no known problems running them with whatever cpu chip you’re getting.

About half a year ago I built a new dedicated DAW PC based loosely on specs from the Frost ACM-310D. Apart from the fact that I had to hone the OS to work well for recordings, I saved about the equivalent of $500 - about the price for the Emu 1820 sound interface I bought to go with it. :D

Get the specs for a good DAW system and analyze it - then shop around for the individual components to see if you can cut a deal somewhere. Don’t save by buying cheaper/more inferior parts - you will regret it. Also buy more RAM, a larger/faster HDD, and a better soundcard than you think you will need. Eventually, and before you know it, you will…

regards, Nils

Nils is right, especially concerning the doing of your homework! No matter whether you go for an “All-in-One” jig, like the Fostex VF-160, or a PC/Mac system.

If you’re going with a computer system, take your time and do your research. Nothing done in a hurry ever comes out the way you want it to. I am the one to tell you this!! :p

Stability is the word. Not that you’re new to it all, but I would read Nils’ post again, and whether or not you build your own box, you must know what is in it- and learn as much as you can about how well it will work together in the audio production context. This audio thing seems to be it’s own animal.

I got a friend to build mine. I had $1400 or so, and bought some stuff. Some was good, some a mistake- but I’ve had computer woes because I went for a “deal” and it has caused me a lot of frustration, even sorrow. Imagine- sorrow!.. but true. The guy who built it has since learned as much as I have about PC audio-production machines, and it has, frankly, been less than a happy scene for me! But now we’re onto it, and I think it’ll be allright. But it’s been a loooooong time! :p (This is me.) Anyhow, nothing’s easy I guess.

Save yourself some trouble, man! It will come anyway, but you will be glad you minimized it. Then the results will be really worth it. :)


You need to choose some components that have been chosen to work well for audio work. Either buy a PC from a specialist music PC retailer or look at what components other people are using and build yourself a copy.

I second that. Check out my custom made DAWs at pcDAW.net. I’ve sold a dozen or so DAWs to people doing real work. Also, I use my own DAW for all my work (see nTrack forum).

If you want to do it all for $1,000, then you’ll want to go AMD.

If you want to build yourself & know what you are doing, building a DAW can be fun. It can also be frustrating when you get incompatible components which is why the other suggested looking at pre-existing configurations.