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Q: Digital Audio Workstation ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Digital Audio Workstation
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: pwal-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 02 Oct 2002 01:24 PDT
Expires: 01 Nov 2002 00:24 PST
Question ID: 71524
I am looking for a supplier of digital audio workstations.  I need a
computer that I can use to compose and digitally record music.  The
answer will give me website addresses of companies who will provide a
computer with these characteristics:

Wintel P3 or P4
512mb memory or greater
Two drives, one SCSI drive for audio data, one drive for application
code, 40 - 80 gb each drive
XP Professional
Zip drive onboard or external
4 - 6 USB ports
2 Firewire ports
Ethernet 10/100 port
56kb modem
CDRW drive minimum 24x
DVD+R drive
Premium sound card with midi in/out/through
Cakewalk Sonar or equivalent competing packages preinstalled
Subject: Re: Digital Audio Workstation
Answered By: vinods-ga on 02 Oct 2002 03:17 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
hi pwal, 

I am venturing into an answer to your question because this is
specifically my field of professional work. I have a number of
solutions in mind for you. I want to get some comments from you.

1. Is your hardware configuration list hard-and-fast ? In my opinion,
there are a number of systems available that are tweaked and prepared
specifically for professional audio work. The configurations may not
be exactly what you have listed but the changes will be for the better
or will at least equal to your needs.

2. If you give me your location, I can find and direct you to
companies after a basic screening of various alternatives available in
your area. It makes no sense if I give you a list of companies in
India if you are based in France! Another issue is after-sales
support. This is very important for warranty support, general or
specific service, etc.

3. Your budget, if any. 

While I wait for your response to this, I list below a few

1. Please see bottom of this page. 
URL (contact info)

2.  Turnkey Digital Audio

3. Customized computers for digital audio



(please follow the 'customize' link on this page – seems like a good

I hope this information will start you up! However, please consider
giving me your comments about my points at the beginning of this
answer and I a sure I can find the best possible solution for you.

warm regards

Request for Answer Clarification by pwal-ga on 02 Oct 2002 23:33 PDT

1.  Hard and fast?  Yes.  But, if you have suggestions - please make

2.  Location.  Washington DC.
2a  Warranty.  Competitive.
2b  After sales support.  Prefer 7 day; normal business hours.  Would
deal with M-F; normal business hours if I had to.

3.  Budget.  Whatever I can afford.  This DAW will need to support my
art and at the same time support my daily needs for a PC.  Which means
I can't afford multiple systems and I can't afford fancy studio

I like your responses thus far.  Please let me know if there is any
other info you need or can provide.

Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 03 Oct 2002 01:27 PDT
Hi pwal, 

Analyzing your configuration....
Wintel P3 or P4 -- go for P4 
512mb memory or greater -- fine 

Two drives, one SCSI drive for audio data, one drive for application
code, 40 - 80 gb each drive -- 2 separate drives - yes, but you don't
really need a SCSI drive for audio, an A/V rated drive will do fine

XP Professional -- fine

Zip drive onboard or external -- external will be better, you can
carry it around with you

4 - 6 USB ports - should be standard with any good motherboard or one
can add extra USB hubs

2 Firewire ports - add a standard IEEE1394 card

Ethernet 10/100 port - any NIC will do

56kb modem - fine
CDRW drive minimum 24x - fine
DVD+R drive - fine

Premium sound card with midi in/out/through - please read further down
for more info

Cakewalk Sonar or equivalent competing packages preinstalled - fine,
add Soundforge for editing WAV files and Acid for loops

---- DAW designer and integrator ----
One very interesting computer designed specifically for audio. 


They are system integrators with specifically audio in mind. This is
rare and looks very, very good to me. They will be able to
custom-build you a machine exactly as you want it.


------- audio and midi interfaces (USB) ---

MOTU 896 firewire audio interface & MOTU Midi Timepiece AV (USB)

These two devices will give you great interconnectivity and various
input output formats. They are rack-mountable and will easily
transport, in case you need to take your setup to a studio. MOTU is
well known and widely used by musicians all over the world.

-------- Premium Sound card (PCI) AND INTERFACE ---------
(MIDI I/O ; SPDIF I/O ; ADAT optical ; ADAT Sync ; 8 x Analog I/O) 


Washington Dealers:

Washington Music 301-946-8808 301-946-0487 
Washington Professional System 301-942-6800 301-946-3241

----- sound card + break-out box + software bundle -----

AARDVARK 24/96 Computer recording audio interface (bundled with
Cakewalk Pro Audio 9) - 24 bit 96 kHz


202 E. Washington #306
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tel: 734-665-8899
Fax: 734-665-0694

I hope this will get you going. Please let me know your coments. Do
check out the Carillon site!

Warm regards

Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 03 Oct 2002 01:52 PDT
Hi pwal,
Here are some more links for DAW computer systems integrators. 



From the reviews of Carillon, it seems that is the best choice if you
want a totally reilable and well-designed system specifically for
audio work.

---- review of Carillon audio computers ----

warm regards

Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 04 Oct 2002 00:41 PDT
Hi pwal, 

Thank you for your kind remarks. Please don't hesitate to contact me
if you need any further information or assistance in setting up your

I have one suggestion. Please make sure you have an efficient firewall
and virus protection if you are going to use this computer for other
general work apart from using it as a DAW. I have personally been
called in to handle situations where audio and video workstations are
malfunctioning because someone used it to browse the web, and a virus
got into the system!

As software alternatives to Cakewalk Sonar, I suggest the following: 

1. Steinberg Nuendo - digital/analog audio recording and editing

2. Cubase SL - Professional Music Creation & Production

3. WAVELAB 4.0 - digital audio editing

Warm regards

Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 10 Oct 2002 22:20 PDT

This can prove to be a valuable resource. 

From The Cinema Audio Society Forum:

A new edition of The DAW Buyers Guide is now available at

The guide has undergone a complete update - each of the product
entries has been renewed, the search facilities have been revised, and
a resources store has been added.

It still provides information on over 240 different DAW hardware and
software products for all professional audio recording and editing
applications, and includes complete systems, audio cards/units,
software packages, disk-based multitracks and portable tapeless

You can now search the database by application, system type, host
platform, audio quality, record and playback channels, cost range,
manufacturer and product name.

warm regards

Request for Answer Clarification by pwal-ga on 12 Oct 2002 03:10 PDT
Once again, Vinod, your excellent help is appreciated.  I should send
all my questions directly to you.

Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 12 Oct 2002 03:18 PDT
Hi pwal, 

Thanks for using Google Answers!

warm regards

Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 16 Nov 2002 00:35 PST
Hi pwal, 

I just heard from the grapevine (a friend!) that Nuendo is going to
come up with an upgraded version that is not free for users of the
earlier version. Just in cast you were considering Nuendo, please wait
a bit so you will not have to shell out more money...

warm regards
pwal-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Vinod-ga went to extremes to be helpful.  (I wish I had priced my
request higher, he deserves more.)  Ask him more questions.  He needs
to be rewarded.

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