16GB or 32GB of ram?

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sluggo
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653 posts since 31 May, 2002 from chez moi

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:12 am

Pretty much all of my work I use vst softsynths which may include 2 plugins that use audio libraries: Guru drum sampler and StylusRMX. I've also used a sampler with bass samples. Other than that, I don't really use a sampler. At some point I may bounce some tracks but I've never used more than 16 audio tracks.

Considering the above, is 16GB of ram enough for my needs?

thanks

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thecontrolcentre
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26826 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:26 am

16GB is probably enough, but I would go for 32GB as you never know what the future will bring. :)

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Distorted Horizon
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3458 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:42 am

You can never have too much ram.

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DJ Warmonger
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3690 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:45 am

It's well enough. Drum machines are lightweight, and bounced tracks atcually take less memory than muliple plugins loaded all at once.

How much RAM did you use so far?
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Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:27 am

64GB.



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starflakeprj
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1320 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:36 am

I have been using 64GB for the last 5 years, there is no reason going for 16GB. Even if it's enough today, it might not be enough tomorrow. Always future proof your computer by a few years looking at higher specs than you need atm.
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chk071
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23276 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:49 am

Always a matter of the budget, I guess.

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Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:51 am

chk071 wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:49 am
Always a matter of the budget, I guess.
F*ck budget, just buy it :)
You can always eat noodles for a couple of months if needed.
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chk071
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23276 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:52 am

Water and bread for a extra 16 gigs of Ram... :(

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Distorted Horizon
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3458 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:17 pm

chk071 wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:52 am
Water and bread for a extra 16 gigs of Ram... :(
16gb costs what.. 80€?

chk071
KVRAF
23276 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:20 pm

Yeah, shouldn't be too much. :D

Just saying that there might be a budget, and that that's probably why the OP asked. Whenever I bought a new PC, I took a look where I could cut corners. Might be the same here. Otherwise it probably wouldn't come into question at all.

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BertKoor
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Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:34 pm

Without Kontakt and such, I'd say you could get by with only 8 GB. Only just...
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chk071
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23276 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:38 pm

16 GB is the choice of kings.

Because I have that amount.

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4damind
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5006 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:41 pm

StylusRMX uses samples.. Guru/Geist uses samples but they will not need so much RAM because drum samples are not very big.
16GB is enough, to be on the safe side 32 GB. More important is to have this content on a SSD for quick loading.

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toonertik
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2289 posts since 15 Feb, 2017 from a worn out vinyl groove

Re: 16GB or 32GB of ram?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:00 pm

BertKoor wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:34 pm
Without Kontakt and such, I'd say you could get by with only 8 GB. Only just...
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totally.. absolutely..

The only thing that will push my 8Gb is the effing chrome browser, coz they all got lazy and don't malloc no more.. or is it garbage collection... definitely garbage in my browsing.. ;)

I don't use samplers.. maybe a few VSTi and VST...

all depends what you do I guess... I mainly just record live sounds now... Eurorack.. up to 18 simultaneous tracks, no problem, sometimes with a few live VST FX.. 8 gigs is plenty for this.

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