I'm a complete n00b when it comes to all this virtual synth/sampler software, but have been trying out some nice softsynths/DAW's and I like what I've tried so far (sans the limited CPU power I currently have).
So far I've tried out a couple of Korg plugins like MonoPoly and the M1.
I've dabbled in Kontakt 5 just enough to see it load old Akai sounds/programs and play very well.
FL Studio 11... this one blows my mind what it can do. I have not even begun to dig into it's capabilities. It is also the one that has maxed my CPU out if there's more than about 5 tracks going on at once.
The demo's it came with sound very modern and wicked, especially the electronic glitch hop songs.
I realize to get FL and other softsynths to come thru cleanly, I need as much CPU HP's as I can afford to get.
Right now I have an old P4, around 3ghz and 1gRAM. onboard sound. It can handle very limited amount of virtual instrumentation... not to mention FX plugins as well.
But when it can handle the load, it comes across sounding very nice for a stock sound interface hooked up to a home stereo.
My current stock of hardware gear is (and approx. value)-
Akai S2000 with 32mb RAM, 100mb zip drive, scsi port connection in PC for MESA use and a couple dozen CD images to load sounds into it via MESA or Translator. It's scsi fuse has been replaced with a "polyswitch" resettable fuse so in the event there's another scsi short, it can reset. It also has an internal scsi idc 50pin connector added to the main board.
Maybe $175 on a good day? I may have a CDROM for it too if I'm not careful.
It would be hard to part with it, but after using Kontakt a few times.. I'm convinced that's the way to go.
Roland MT300- Basically a SoundCanvas with a built in sequencer and 5 track mute buttons that are very similar to a Alesis MMT-8's track mute buttons (or like on a MC505/D2.) They go for around $80. I'd like to keep this.. mostly because of those track mute buttons.
But honestly, I have used it very little.
Yamaha DJX IIb- it wont be missed and not worth much. Maybe get $35 USD out of it if I'm lucky.
Roland JX-1- Have not used it's internal rompler sounds much, if at all. Mostly I use it as my controller keyboard since it is 61 keys and has quick program change buttons on it.. the roland combo pitch/mod wheel comes in handy too.
I'd let it go for a better controller. Might get $100 for it.
Korg Poly 800 with HAWK800 firmware mod- I wont be letting this go for quite some time. It's got sentimental value to me and it's very unique.
My guess is it's worth at least $300 USD if it were to be sold though.
Roland D2- A slimmed down MC505. I hammer on this alot.. not ready to sell yet. But worth about $120
Roland SP808- I love this machine, in spite of the zip drive. Wanna keep it! Gotta love the Dbeam and built in FX on this thing.. even if the zip drive is a tad noisy. Fully expanded. Worth about $150.
Additional support gear is-
ART FXR Elite FX unit. $45 on a good day.
Alesis MidiVerb III. Also ~$45
A simple 8 channel mixer. Not worth more than $25ish.
Fostex 2016 Line Mixer. A very nice rack mixer with two stereo Aux. sends. Probably keep this for any hard synths I might add in later.
MOTU TimePiece Mk1. I bought this at a good price about a month ago.. havent even used it yet! Might come in handy later on though.
So with what I have and willing to part with, what do you suggest I get rid of and/or keep?
Of course I'd like to get as much CPU power as possible, but I dont really see me spending more than around $400 on a CPU upgrade and USB audio interface.
I'm still trying to catch up to the times since my last go around with gear (back in late '90s). The world of audio has changed so much since then due to CPU power and it's not easy to catch up on it all.
Hell, I had no idea what FL studio was until today.
So I'm looking for opinions/advice on where to go from here.