PC & Making Music Tips Page
have a Korg 1212I/O card in my PC and I get the message, "Excessive
It can halt audio playback.This is because of the way the resources are
being used within the PCI bus. It is usual to put your PCI soundcard in
the first PCI slot and the graphics card in the last slot. Because the
Korg Card is quite long, it is not always possible to put it in the first
slot. You may be able to fix this by switching off the Hardware Acceleration
for the graphics card.
I want to
buy a PC to run sequencer XYZ? What do I need?
All companies will give you a minimum specification for the system required
to run their software. However, the minimum spec will often only run the
software at a minimum level and you really want to ask for a recommended
or optimum specification. If you want to do audio recording you will need
a far more powerful system than if you only want to do MIDI recording.
Most digital audio software now incorporates real-time effects and processing
and this requires even more processing power.This is Steinbergs
minimum system requirements for running Cubase VST: Pentium 133, 24Mb
RAM, a Fast EIDE or SCSI hard dive, a windows compatible soundcard and
a SVGA video card
The recommended system
is: Pentium 166, 32Mb RAM, SCSI AV hard drive, a full duplex soundcard
(Steinberg UK has a list of recommended cards), and a PCI SVGA video card
that doesnt steal PCI resources (Steinberg UK recommends an S3 Virge
However, with the
current price of PCs it would be folly to consider anything less than
a Pentium 300 with 64Mb RAM. If you can afford a little extra then an
Ultra Wide SCSI hard drive (youll also need an Ultra Wide SCSI card)
will ensure fast transfer of audio data.
Can I use
my internal hard disk to record audio?
Yes, but a second internal or external drive, preferably SCSI and preferably
AV will give better performance.
When I place
a CD- ROM in my CD-ROM drive my sequencer becomes unstable.
Select the Device Manager in the System Control Panel, open the CD ROM
entry and double click on the CD ROM device. Click on the Settings tab
and disable the Auto insert notification box. This prevents the system
looking for an Autorun program on a newly-inserted CD and running it automatically.
This grabs system resources, which can make sequencer playback unstable.
How do I get
the latest version of my sequencer XYZ?
First, you should always register your software. Then whenever a new version
comes out, the distributor will let you know about it. However, many programs
also have a number of sub-releases, enhancements, or bug fixes, which
are not so widely publicised. They can fix such things as driver problems
and add support for new devices.
The easiest way to
keep track of these is to visit the developers website where such
updates are nearly always posted and can be downloaded free of charge.
Check out the Links section for links to the suppliers of your software/hardware.