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  1. 9 minutes ago, paulo said:

    Hands up how many people read that and thought........what's this Verion 6 DAW  that he's on about and  why have I never heard of that brand name before?

    Ok, just me then.😑

    Well, some keep mentioning Version 5 over at the REAPER forum so I just assumed that's what it was referring to :D

  2. 1 minute ago, abacab said:

    I took a quick look at PC Part Picker for that build as you originally listed, and I estimate roughly $1,500 USD for that build, but I didn't shop around. Those are mostly Amazon, B&H, and Newegg prices pulled up by the picker.

    Interesting, thanks. About the same over here in pounds sterling but already built. I'm up for building, as I used to do that way back when... A lot easier now haha!

    Jim's got me thinking about the i9 now... an extra £125...

  3. 10 minutes ago, Jim Roseberry said:


    550w power-supply is on the lean side for that build.

    It may work fine... depending on the number of drives, bus-powered USB devices, etc.



    Well, might even go for a 750W then as at some point I may decide to install a half decent GPU.

    Looking (drooling) at a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX Fanless 4GB GDDR5, you know, just in case I get bored of doing music stuff :D


  4. 12 minutes ago, abacab said:

    I have heard that it can be tricky if you get a board that "supports" the latest CPU, but needs a BIOS update to do so. You will need a working CPU for that older BIOS in order to flash the board. The alternative is to find one with with the latest BIOS revision already on-board, or a seller that can flash it for you.

    Thanks again, @abacab, I'll mention that when I call them.

  5. 10 minutes ago, Jim Roseberry said:

    If you can get a good deal on it, I'd go with the i9-9900k (8 cores, 16 processing threads).

    All cores can be locked at 5GHz.

    With the right cooler, it runs near dead silent.


    Regarding Asus vs. Gigabyte, the answer is "yes".  😉

    We've used many Z370/Z390 motherboards from both... all with reliable performance.

    Get the board that has the features you want.

    I did look at the i9, briefly, and it jumps quite a bit outside my budget, unfortunately.

    Then again, this will probably be the last PC  ever buy, ever. So getting the i9 would kinda future proof the build...

    Oohh... Decisions, decisions! :ph34r:


    I notice some of the boards come "RGB" ready. I mean, WTF! I have enough coloured lights in my studio haha!

    I'm thinking of "switching up" to the Z390

    cheers, and thanks

    andy :)

  6. Thanks @abacab :)

    I'll have a look at that part picker site.

    Been having a gander at @Jim Roseberry's site, very informative. I'd get one of those but I'm not sure it would be cost effective, although I haven't gone as far as checking shipping costs to the UK. But, yeah, good for ideas :)

    PC Specialist are also supposed to check component compatibility. For instance, for the spec above they informed me that I do not need a 650W power supply and that a 550W would be still be more than enough.

    I'm going to phone them as well, though, to make sure there are no "trip ups" in there...


    andy :)


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  7. Thanks for that @Amicus717 :)

    The gigabyte one I am looking at only has two "internal" USB 2 ports, which is a bit of a pain, so may yet opt for the ASUS, as above.

    I also need to make sure that the USB 2 ports are on the same controller, as per the Roland OCTA-CAPTURE manual, as I am linking a pair of them. More research required.

    Not ordered yet...


    andy :)

  8. 37 minutes ago, Astra-Ios said:

    Oh, okay  -  maybe this one could help out;

    Increase current track height      CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW

    Decrease current track height    CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW


    Thanks again, and sorry to be a pain, but I spotted that one and it doesn't do what I want. I was hoping there would have been a shortcut for the actions of clicking on the double arrow things to the right of the tracks in track view. Just one click and it's done, and I've already set my "optimum" track height and locked it.

    Thank you for your patience ;)



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  9. Looking like this:-

    Processor (CPU) = Intel® Core™ i7 Eight Core Processor i7-9700K (3.6GHz) 12MB Cache
    Motherboard = ASUS® PRIME Z370-P II: ATX, LGA1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs
    Memory (RAM) = 32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2400MHz (4 x 8GB)
    1st Storage Drive = 1TB Samsung 860 QVO 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
    1st M.2 SSD Drive = 512GB INTEL® 760p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (upto 3230MB/sR | 1625MB/sW)
    Power Cable = 1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
    Processor Cooling = Noctua NH-U14S Ultra Quiet Performance CPU Cooler
    Wireless/Wired Networking = 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)
    USB/Thunderbolt Options = MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
    Operating System = Genuine Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence

  10. Another one for the hardware sub forum 9_9

    I wasn't going to spend any more on my hobby this year but I am coming to the conclusion that my trusty old CLEVO i7 laptop ain't up to the task anymore. So I am currently spec'ing up a new desktop. I use a company in the UK called PC Specialist and their website is great for building up a spec. They even have a so called "Pro Audio" solution but I'm not so sure about that.

    I know I've titled this post "ASUS or Gigabyte" but I'll probably ask more questions along the way, although that may also depend on the speed of service I receive here :D

    So, yeah, which mobo then? ASUS or Gigabyte?

    I'm probably not going to go for the latest processors and what have you.

    For the case I'm going for a mid tower with 3 off 140mm fans:-


    CPU will probably be an Intel® Core™ i7-9700K3.60GHz12MB L3 cache 8 cores 8 threads.

    Probably 32GB RAM...


    There's more... don't go away...

  11. I have been trying a few things with my CLEVO laptop today... Getting on for ten hours of faffing around.

    I tried plugging my OCTA-CAPTURE units into a different USB port but that didn't yield any improvements.

    I used LatencyMon and a hardware monitor utility a number of times today. And each time, a slightly different result, varying from, "your PC is Crap," to "what are you worrying about."

    Here's the last LatencyMon stats report:-

    Your system appears to be suitable for handling real-time audio and other tasks without dropouts. 
    LatencyMon has been analyzing your system for  0:10:44  (h:mm:ss) on all processors.

    Computer name:                                        MUSIC
    OS version:                                           Windows 10 , 10.0, build: 17134 (x64)
    Hardware:                                             P15xEMx, CLEVO                            
    CPU:                                                  GenuineIntel Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3820QM CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Logical processors:                                   8
    Processor groups:                                     1
    RAM:                                                  16280 MB total

    Reported CPU speed:                                   2694 MHz

    Note: reported execution times may be calculated based on a fixed reported CPU speed. Disable variable speed settings like Intel Speed Step and AMD Cool N Quiet in the BIOS setup for more accurate results.

    The interrupt to DPC latency reflects the measured interval in which a DPC could execute in response to a hardware request from the moment the interrupt service routine started execution.

    Highest measured interrupt to DPC latency (µs):       911.907944
    Average measured interrupt to DPC latency (µs):       14.388774

    Interrupt service routines are routines installed by the OS and device drivers that execute in response to a hardware interrupt signal.

    Highest ISR routine execution time (µs):              201.021901
    Driver with highest ISR routine execution time:       USBPORT.SYS - USB 1.1 & 2.0 Port Driver, Microsoft Corporation

    Highest reported total ISR routine time (%):          0.032606
    Driver with highest ISR total time:                   USBPORT.SYS - USB 1.1 & 2.0 Port Driver, Microsoft Corporation

    Total time spent in ISRs (%)                          0.043807

    ISR count (execution time <250 µs):                   764019
    ISR count (execution time 250-500 µs):                0
    ISR count (execution time 500-999 µs):                0
    ISR count (execution time 1000-1999 µs):              0
    ISR count (execution time 2000-3999 µs):              0
    ISR count (execution time >=4000 µs):                 0

    DPC routines are part of the interrupt servicing dispatch mechanism and disable the possibility for a process to utilize the CPU while it is interrupted until the DPC has finished execution.

    Highest DPC routine execution time (µs):              911.515961
    Driver with highest DPC routine execution time:       USBPORT.SYS - USB 1.1 & 2.0 Port Driver, Microsoft Corporation

    Highest reported total DPC routine time (%):          0.940592
    Driver with highest DPC total execution time:         USBPORT.SYS - USB 1.1 & 2.0 Port Driver, Microsoft Corporation

    Total time spent in DPCs (%)                          2.153383

    DPC count (execution time <250 µs):                   4228955
    DPC count (execution time 250-500 µs):                0
    DPC count (execution time 500-999 µs):                60047
    DPC count (execution time 1000-1999 µs):              0
    DPC count (execution time 2000-3999 µs):              0
    DPC count (execution time >=4000 µs):                 0

    Hard pagefaults are events that get triggered by making use of virtual memory that is not resident in RAM but backed by a memory mapped file on disk. The process of resolving the hard pagefault requires reading in the memory from disk while the process is interrupted and blocked from execution.

    NOTE: some processes were hit by hard pagefaults. If these were programs producing audio, they are likely to interrupt the audio stream resulting in dropouts, clicks and pops. Check the Processes tab to see which programs were hit.

    Process with highest pagefault count:                 dllhost.exe

    Total number of hard pagefaults                       5
    Hard pagefault count of hardest hit process:          2
    Number of processes hit:                              4

    CPU 0 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       155.056404
    CPU 0 ISR highest execution time (µs):                201.021901
    CPU 0 ISR total execution time (s):                   2.240861
    CPU 0 ISR count:                                      760401
    CPU 0 DPC highest execution time (µs):                911.515961
    CPU 0 DPC total execution time (s):                   110.243173
    CPU 0 DPC count:                                      4025487
    CPU 1 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       29.352408
    CPU 1 ISR highest execution time (µs):                28.566815
    CPU 1 ISR total execution time (s):                   0.000491
    CPU 1 ISR count:                                      338
    CPU 1 DPC highest execution time (µs):                254.365256
    CPU 1 DPC total execution time (s):                   0.193402
    CPU 1 DPC count:                                      27301
    CPU 2 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       16.744755
    CPU 2 ISR highest execution time (µs):                101.984781
    CPU 2 ISR total execution time (s):                   0.006978
    CPU 2 ISR count:                                      2044
    CPU 2 DPC highest execution time (µs):                257.556793
    CPU 2 DPC total execution time (s):                   0.192298
    CPU 2 DPC count:                                      85076
    CPU 3 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       22.718981
    CPU 3 ISR highest execution time (µs):                38.102450
    CPU 3 ISR total execution time (s):                   0.005497
    CPU 3 ISR count:                                      804
    CPU 3 DPC highest execution time (µs):                207.529324
    CPU 3 DPC total execution time (s):                   0.013133
    CPU 3 DPC count:                                      5276
    CPU 4 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       15.224276
    CPU 4 ISR highest execution time (µs):                114.303638
    CPU 4 ISR total execution time (s):                   0.003161
    CPU 4 ISR count:                                      432
    CPU 4 DPC highest execution time (µs):                196.432071
    CPU 4 DPC total execution time (s):                   0.202355
    CPU 4 DPC count:                                      101838
    CPU 5 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       21.795608
    CPU 5 ISR highest execution time (µs):                0.0
    CPU 5 ISR total execution time (s):                   0.0
    CPU 5 ISR count:                                      0
    CPU 5 DPC highest execution time (µs):                140.878990
    CPU 5 DPC total execution time (s):                   0.008488
    CPU 5 DPC count:                                      3173
    CPU 6 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       14.327490
    CPU 6 ISR highest execution time (µs):                0.0
    CPU 6 ISR total execution time (s):                   0.0
    CPU 6 ISR count:                                      0
    CPU 6 DPC highest execution time (µs):                187.095768
    CPU 6 DPC total execution time (s):                   0.083292
    CPU 6 DPC count:                                      37686
    CPU 7 Interrupt cycle time (s):                       20.502024
    CPU 7 ISR highest execution time (µs):                0.0
    CPU 7 ISR total execution time (s):                   0.0
    CPU 7 ISR count:                                      0
    CPU 7 DPC highest execution time (µs):                110.209354
    CPU 7 DPC total execution time (s):                   0.008919
    CPU 7 DPC count:                                      3165

    And here are the screen dumps:-





    Like I said, extremely boring stuff, and I don't have a clue what it all means. If any one does know what all that means, and you have got this far, please reply below.

    I'm going back to setting up my project template in CbB now...




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