(Hobbyist here, with more enthusiasm than $ …)
I’m thinking hard about going to C7 from C6.5 (mixer, Variaudio improvements, etc.), but I can’t afford a new “real” DAW to replace my nice but old one running XP now, nor do I have the knowledge/skill to “build” one.
What I’m wondering about is whether I can supplement my existing DAW system (described below) with an inexpensive computer of the sort not typically considered for a DAW - with the idea of continuing to record in XP on C6.5 on my legitimate but old DAW computer.
Then I would move everything over to the new “cheap” one for mixing in C7. In other words a hybrid system of my existing DAW computer and a new low budget one.
Background: I’ve got a very stable custom-built PC about 10 years old, runs C6.5 on XP. It all works OK for me - I do have to do a lot of bouncing and such of course, but I don’t mind. I’ve got a M-Audio Delta 66 card in the computer, connected to an external Omni I/O Studio “break-out box”. I’ve got a UAD-1 card in a PCI slot. And everything is OK.
But I am thinking hard about Cubase 7, which won’t boot up on XP as I understand it.
So my question is - where is it that “bad” computers fail in the DAW world? Could I continue to use my current setup (C6.5: record audio, use my Yamaha Motif to record MIDI) …
… and then bring everything over for mixing to a low budget PC which has C7 loaded (and PCI slots for my old UAD-1 card)? Such a computer would be LOTS less expensive than a “real” DAW computer, even if I had to buy an interface to USB connect.
I guess I had the impression that the main way a low budget computer fails as a DAW is in recording/timing - but would be OK for mixing. Or is that not right? If I did this, I would need to buy a free-standing interface also, right?
Or … where does this whole idea fail?
Thanks for any thoughts!