The
Basics
Computer
Audio
The
Details
System
Configuration
The
Credentials
The
Development
The
Music
The 3D Audio
Experience
Headphones
vs. Speakers
The
Appendix

COMPUTER AUDIO

It came as no surprise to me that it takes a rather powerful computer to actually execute all of the three-dimensional audio rendering and multichannel assignments in real-time for my rather complex musical compositions. The desktop computer I have designed and recently built to use in my explorations of three dimensional audio/music is configured as follows:

  • AMD FX8350 8-core 4 GHz CPU
  • ASRock 990FX Extreme3 Motherboard
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Two (2) - Soundblaster SB0400 PCI soundcards
  • H100iGTX Liquid CPU cooler
  • Total of 4 TB of HD space
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS
  • Nvidia GeForce GT730 video card
  • Steinberg Cubase Pro 8
  • Sound Forge Pro

In addition to the above components, my system also includes:

  • M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 USB MIDI keyboard controller
  • Yamaha 12-channel USB stereo mixer

For live performance I use:

  • Eight 400-watt Peavey SR12 two-way speakers (12 inch speaker and high compression horn) placed in each of the corners of a sound cube powered by four Pyle 40-watts per channel stereo amplifiers.

  • Four 400-watt Pyle Pro subwoofers with 15 inch speakers powered by two Peavey 450-watts per channel stereo amplifiers. This power is the source of “Bass you can feel in your bones”.

In the studio I replace the eight corner speakers with four 300-watt Pyle and four 200-watt KLH small monitor speakers and use the same amplifiers but only use two of the subwoofer cabinets.


The
Basics
Computer
Audio
The
Details
System
Configuration
The
Credentials
The
Development
The
Music
The 3D Audio
Experience
Headphones
vs. Speakers
The
Appendix

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