Full orchestra audio workstation
Pros: With this motherboard setup, I've finally got the power at the cost I need to mock-up a realistic sounding, full symphony orchestra using a music notation program (Sibelius 7.1), rather than a sequencer. The difference? I can write an orchestral score just as I might on paper and still obtain a reasonable rendering of the music, something that was beyond the cost of the typical PC as recent as 2010. No pops or clicks. 16bit CD quality (44100 kHz)
Cons: Should come with more than 2 rear USB ports, and a single PCI slot is only barely enough for a workstation. Has trouble booting from Acronis Trueimage so I'm using a freeware Linux backup utility off from Hiren's Boot CD 11.1. NOTE: most cooling solutions will be LOUD and so this may not meet the requirements of most live recording artists, unless they connect remotely (say, via network) so that the actual machine resides in another room than the studio).
Other Thoughts: Hear the results on Youtube; search for the Novaclassica channel. I'm buying another entire system as a spare. In more than a dozen years, this is the first system under $3,000 that will handle the demands I require, and it is reliable.
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“With this motherboard setup, I've finally got the power at the cost I need to mock-up a realistic sounding, full symphony ...”— almound 4/7/2013