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  1. You will need a new motherboard and memory because the new cpus won't be compatible with your old stuff. I would build a new system around a ryzen 5000 series cpu but the availabilities are a mystery right now. The 5000 series cpus give a very tight latency and a lot of muscle. Just what you want for a daw computer.
  2. Towards the final stages of mixing I usually place a basic Ozone preset to the master out bus so I can hear what compression/limiter will do to the mix. I also play with that Ozone a little bit to discover anything that needs to be improved in the mix. Jumping between presets can reveal issues as well. A good mix will sound great with almost any preset (like when playing through different speakers in different environments). I often find myself adjusting the low end tracks after hearing what Ozone is doing. Vocal tracks levels usually needs checking too. Surely this all depends on genre. I make mostly (loud) pop and rock. With smoother music a good mix is propably closer to the desired end product if done carefully and loudness is less an issue.
  3. Great! My hopes were up when I read about the improved gaming performance. Now I just have to wait for the bios support for my B450 board.
  4. I'm using Biasfx2 with no issues. Just make sure the path to the .dll (e.g. BIAS FX 2_x64.dll) is listed in Cakewalk VST settings scan paths. You need to locate the .dll, not the executable program. If this doesn't fix the issue then a reinstall could help.
  5. I reinstalled audio driver (the third time) and it fixed the problem. There's been several win10 updates lately which could have something to do with it. Or planets aligning in an ideal constellation. Whatever it was, I'm relieved.
  6. I started thinking this a little bit further. If I had a new computer with storage options open I would buy the biggest m.2 drive I can afford and leave the other slot(s) free for future additions. As computers have a limited number of m.2 slots (1-3) it would not make sense filling the slots with smaller drives. The price of the drives are also getting cheaper every year. The new pcie 4.0 offers even faster max read/write speeds (3GB-5GB per second), twice the speed of pcie 3.0. However, the full speed in both cases is available only on the bigger drives (1TB and over). And also, most likely only the first m.2 slot runs at the maximum speed (via cpu instead of chipset) which also favours the idea of just one disc. To give a perspective regarding DAW environment, if you have a 5min song with 50 full length audio tracks in 192KHz/24bit, your project is less than 10GB in size. So yes, one drive is fully capable of handling unpacked audio of any sized project, even if all of your software is on the same disc. In real life you obviously don't reach the benchmarked maximum speeds but I hope this gives you a good picture of the current m.2 SSD speeds.
  7. I'm not sure if two discs are considerably better if the one drive is big enough. As SSD doesn't have a moving reader head like HDD it shouldn't be an issue. However, for the same reason logical discs don't really give you any benefit either (separate folders will do) . Last time I had any issues with drive speeds were 20 years ago. Audio is light and easy for SSD drives. And nothing stops you trying with one disc, just add another if you run out of space. Maybe users with gigantic sampler files can introduce a scenario where separate SSD drives are recommended.
  8. I'm not sure if I can educate you as you seem to know much more about Realtek than I. But as the OP has a very specific wish, to be able to draw such real time piano roll curves with 1/16th notes, it's not exactly just playback anymore. Could be the CPU or many other things that causes the audio drop out, but I would just pick a cheapo second hand audio interface to rule out any asio vs wasapi vs mme issues. A few years ago I bought a nice old M-audio interface for 30€ when I was undecided what to buy next. It worked great. If not anything else, you get a volume knob on your desk compared to an integrated audio chip. However, I started to be curious and must check how my Realtek sounds 😀 Edit. My Realtek sounds just fine. A lot different from my SPL card but absolutely usable when you let your ears to learn how it sounds. But not very powerful: with 80ohm cans they sound a bit quiet even with mastered material. Wasapi shared driver looks lighter and better balanced between cores on CPU than my soundcard (in Cakewalk). I feel now educated.
  9. It would be great though, graphics card computing audio plugins. There's tons of muscle idling when working with audio/music like Per Westin just stated above. I would seriously consider a second hand sound card. You can get a decent one if you skip one night out with the boys and save the money for a soundcard. Actually very decent if you compare to the integrated ones which are meant to playback just simple stereo sound.
  10. Yes. It's been a great cpu for the past year. I hope my motherboard will eventually get the support for the 4th gen Ryzens too.
  11. Every computer has it's limits. Mine works better with 'plugin load balancing' unchecked.
  12. Good point. When using an m.2 drive you can use only 4 sata ports/drives with a B450 mother board. If you need more you must get a B550 or X570 series board which also give you PCIe Gen4 for futher future proof. I'm curious what the audio specific hardware means exactly in terms of pc components such as motherboard, ram memory or cpu. I know Intel cpus seem faster in extremely low buffer situations (but then Amd typically gives you more cores/threads for the price), and X570 boards have an extra chipset fan on board which can be a pain. And that an idle/desktop stopping Gpu fan is desirable for an audio pc. Other than that, I'm clueless. Maybe I've been lucky but all the components I have bought have been working great with audio. Surely the more expensive stuff give you more power (and better cases likely keep the noise in the box better) but that should be obvious. Plenty of very good thoughts from every one! Would be nice to see a comment from the OP.
  13. Stock pc tends to be noisy and filled with low end components (power supply, motherboard, fans etc.) and unnecessary software that fill/slow your system. If you have a possibility to buy a custom build pc you'd be more likely to use it longer and happier. Plus you get a nice clean Win10 install to start with. Suggested recipe: amd ryzen 3600 or 3700 (€200 or €350) B450 motherboard (e.g. the pro series from Asus or MSI starting from €100) 2*8 Gb 3200 MHz ram (€80) 250Gb m.2 ssd for operating system (€80), Kingston offers good value 500Gb or 1000Gb sata ssd for audio and video (€70 or €120) Nvidia 4 Gb 1050 or 1650 graphics card (€150-€200) Case and 550w power supply (€60 and €80) add a few additional case fans to keep it ventilated (€20-€40) For assembly don't pay over €100 You didn't mention budget. But this can work as a rough guide line which others can comment. At least it's more specific than 'don't buy a Dell' 😀
  14. Oh yes, that's an option. Or do it properly with a mic. But I plan to use it mostly as a practice toy. I was just curious what else it could be used for.
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