Time for new top spec DAW, UK company recommendations please?

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1052 posts since 14 Sep, 2004 from $HOME

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:18 am

pljones wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:36 am

I'd love to be able to justify the cost of an RME interface but my priority is MIDI I/O support and good enough audio... so they've never been worth it. The low latency is tempting, though.
i’ve been there a couple of years ago when i, after hellishly annoying experiences with Tascam and ESI interfaces (instable, crashes, slow), decided to go RME. i bought a fireface ucx which cost me around 1000€, and at the time i was thinking “what am I doing here, buying an interface that is waaay above my station in life/music???”.
I never regretted it, though. Rock solid, low latency, ultra-flexible mixer software, and considering that - with RME‘s legendary software support - I’ll be able to use it for probably ten to fifteen years, the initial investment doesn’t seem so high anymore. You gotta see it as a long term investment :)
There’s probably other good interfaces out there, but I’m covered for years to come.

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6617 posts since 8 Feb, 2003 from London, UK

Re: Time for new top spec DAW, UK company recommendations please?

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:14 am

See, I only need a single stereo headphone out in addition to MIDI I/O. My Echo AudioFire4 (on my editing PC) would still be perfect if Echo hadn't given up the ghost after Windows 8 - it's still going until the drivers finally give out... I can live with the 2.8ms latency I get from my Zoom UAC-2 on (my live PC). But I'd never stop someone buying RME.

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336 posts since 21 Aug, 2017 from Brasil

Re: Time for new top spec DAW, UK company recommendations please?

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:22 pm

event2020 wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:20 am
I'm in the UK and its time for a brand new DAW.
Four audio interface latency performance, check the chart at the end of the page
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/showpos ... count=3210
PCIe or Thunderbolt audio interfaces are the way to go... :tu:


For a dedicated DAW supplier in UK check https://www.scan.co.uk

If you want to build your own https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/MBHgBZ
If you want to economize some bucks https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/K3J9cq
Both have very fast PCIe NVMe drives, because of the speed you could install
all in one unit without compromising the performance of audio workloads...

The PSU is efficient/silent and the fan will stay off or very low RPM.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/co ... 568-5.html

Excellent BLACK case with USB-C port
https://www.itpro.co.uk/desktop-hardwar ... ed-to-know
(The case in the video below is the same, but white and no USB-C)

Windows 10 Pro OEM CD-KEY for $13.06
https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/p ... -13,1.html


For a display check https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/ ... -inch-plus

Maybe Samsung CRG90 https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/ ... 49rg9-crg9 :love:
Dell U4919DW https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/u4919dw
LG 49WL95C https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/u4919dw



Some interesting stuff you may like...

For backup with external drive, ICY DOCK DuoSwap MB971SP-B

A mouse with extra horizontal scroll wheel

A small Keyboard
https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyb ... emu_brown/


:!: :!: :!: Important tweak for the Nvidia GPU :!: :!: :!:
https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers ... erformance

You may like the Windows Update Manager
https://forums.mydigitallife.net/thread ... ger.77736/

Some stuff I use:


https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysint ... s/autoruns

The best file manager:
https://doublecmd.sourceforge.io/ (FREE)

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