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#309383 - 10/12/06 07:33 AM Kontakt 2
kybdplayer Offline
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Registered: 10/07/02
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Hi All,
I have been following the software discussions on this, and the Arranger forum for a while now,and I think that this is the future.
I am in the process of gathering information on software programs and PC Components.What I would like to know is whether Kontakt2 is compatible with dual core processors.Any other information on PC components appreciated.

Thanks Alf
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#309384 - 10/12/06 08:13 AM Re: Kontakt 2
abacus Offline
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Hello Alf
Kontakt 2 is compatible with Dual Core Processors; also most (But not all) other VST instruments have also been upgraded to allow Dual Core Support.
Computer Component Suggestions
Most modern Motherboards will accept both single and Dual Core processors, and therefore I would suggest you go for a single core of at least 3 Ghz+ for starters, and then when you have gained more experience you can go for a Dual core CPU. (By this time the dual core CPU's will have increased considerably in speed and also their prices will have dropped significantly)
Go for at least 2 GB of DDR2 Ram (2 x 1 GB sticks will be fine) and make sure you have at least 2 Ram slots free.
Go for the largest hard disk you can sensibly afford, the speed should be 7200 rpm + , a 16mb + buffer and a SATA2 interface, if you can afford 2 (Smaller size if necessary) then do so, and set them up as a Raid 0 Array. (The motherboard will need to support this)
A high quality sound card is vitally important.
As far as graphics go, a medium quality card will be fine.
Finally, keep the computer just for music, and optimise it specifically for music.
Tip. If you are building your own computer then purchase an OEM version of Windows, (Assuming you decide to follow the Windows route) as this will be considerably cheaper then a Retail version.
Hope this helps

Bill
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#309385 - 10/12/06 09:14 AM Re: Kontakt 2
kybdplayer Offline
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Registered: 10/07/02
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Loc: England
Hi Bill,
Many thanks for your comments.They have given me a good insight to what components I will require.

Best Wishes
Alf
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#309386 - 10/15/06 03:20 AM Re: Kontakt 2
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Alf
You might want to take a look at the Muse Receptor. It is great for gigging, as it is built like a tank, and fits in a rack. The OS has been recently upgraded.

The advantages are many, as it is dedicated to VST's. The only disadvantage is that, wheras Muse is adding programs daily, it is not as versatile as a PC.
http://www.museresearch.com/receptor.php?r=overview

Bernie
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#309387 - 10/15/06 06:20 AM Re: Kontakt 2
kybdplayer Offline
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Registered: 10/07/02
Posts: 14
Loc: England
Hi Bernie,
Thanks for the link to Receptor.I will certainly look into it in more detail.
Best Wishes
Alf
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#309388 - 10/15/06 08:21 AM Re: Kontakt 2
abacus Offline
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If you dont mind spending a bit, then also have a look at http://www.wersi.net/ http://www.harmony-music.co.uk/wersi.htm and http://www.lionstracs.com/site/index.php as these keyboards have the computer built in, (Giving all the advantages of a computer) and operate like a normal arranger keyboard. You can use http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/translate.dyn to translate.

Bill
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#309389 - 10/15/06 11:34 PM Re: Kontakt 2
kybdplayer Offline
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Registered: 10/07/02
Posts: 14
Loc: England
Hi Bill,
Thanks for the links.All this is new to me at the moment.I have a Tyros keyboard,and I think for myself, I will try the pc route first to see if I can understand it all and get better lead instruments to play.

Alf
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