[PlanetCCRMA] Live system (Sorry about the cross-post)

matt@tinysongs.com matt@tinysongs.com
Wed Apr 13 10:39:02 2005


Ok, I am building a machine from scratch to mix and record live music with
Ardour.  Please look at my specs and offer any feedback.

Motherboard:
Asus K8N
http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket754/k8n/overview.htm

Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 (I havenít decided on the speed, though price will play a factor
here.  Probably the 3400.)

Ram:
2 Ė 1GB DDR400 PC3200 ram cards.

Hard Drive:
I am looking at 2 80GB 7200 RPM ATA drives to use in a RAID configuration, which
is apparently supported on the board.  Any comments on this are welcomed!

CD Burner
I have a TEAC CD burner that I am planning on using.  Itís fast.

 Iíll use a 2 space rack case with a PCI and AGP riser cards.  Iíll probably
just get a cheap-o AGP video card if no one thinks it matters.

Audio I/O will be accomplished with the ST Audio DSP3000 with an additional
ADC&DAC3000 for a total of 16 channels of full duplex 24/96 I/O.  Iíll may add
a 3rd ADC&DAC3000 unit at some point.

Kernel:
I am thinking of using eh CCRMA FC3 i86_64 kernel if we think thatís workable. 
I have heard grumblings about AMD 64 and CCRMA.  If itís bad, Iíll use Gentoo. 
Any help here would be great.

Transportation:
6 or 8 space PA rack with shock mounts.

Control Surface:
This is an unanswered question as of now.

Video:
I am thinking of getting a rack video/keyboard deal like from a server room but
they seem really expensive.  Any comments?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.


Matthew Polashek