After years of struggling along with a computer with embarrassing specs and tossing all my money into hardware toys that will definitely hold their value for the long haul, I’ve got to say that upgrading to a Quad Core processor equipped computer has been amazing. It’s been a gift from God. It’s been sunshine on a cloudy day. (Alright, that’s enough. You get the idea!)
I have to be the only person on earth who upgraded from a computer as ancient as my Athlon 64 2800 to an Intel Quadcore Q8200. According to various benchmarks I’ve read online, it appears my Quadcore is between 9 and 14 times faster than my previous computer. With my previous computer I could get maybe 1-2 instances of Amplitude if I had 10-12 tracks of drums with typical processing at 160 samples latency before I ran into problems with glitches and such. With the Quadcore I got bored after tossing 8 instances up and I wasn’t anywhere near close to maxing out the processor.
- It’s been so amazing that it makes we want to mix more.
- When I record, I dramatically less time fighting my computer.
- I can be as creative as I want to and my brain doesn’t need to divert a junk of its energy to CPU economics.
- New possibilities have opened up that have an outstanding effect on the recordings I’m cranking out.
- I don’t have to bother freezing tracks, committing tracks to wav files, etc. No time is wasted going through the various tactics to save CPU power.
- Loading up drum samples such as Superior Drummer 2.0 takes a fraction of the time. The difference between 8 seconds and 60 seconds is outstanding when you are in creative mode.
- Because I no longer have to wait 60 seconds for samples to load, my studio is way messier. I spend less time cleaning and more time rocking!
- Creativity Viagra – Nothing kills the moment like a computer that can’t keep up with the action. I find that I can work and work and work without losing my creative edge.
- The price of upgrading was cheap. I paid less than $400 and that included upgrading my previous 60GB C: drive up to a 750GB drive.
- Utilities even run faster. Programs such as Razorlame, my MP3 conversion software, run about 10x faster.