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Old 07-24-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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Music Software for old PC

I have a Windows based PC (XP) with an Athlon processor from the early 2000's. I don't want a lot of technology, but would still like to see what programs like Reason, cubase, or whichever it is have to offer. I know that these programs require a lot of RAM. Which music software would be more compliant with my computer system?
I have used the free Audacity for multitracking without too many hickups.

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Old 07-24-2011, 10:20 PM   #2
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Re: Music Software for old PC

What RAM do you have and what is your processor speed?
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:36 PM   #3
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Re: Music Software for old PC

I would say Jeskola Buzz, or any other DAW made at the time of the computer being made (Cubase SX1 and Emagic Logic 5.5 comes to mind - the last version before Apple bought up Emagic).
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:48 AM   #4
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Re: Music Software for old PC

bandcoach:

AMD Athlon XP 1700. The processor speed is 1466/133MHz. The memory size is 512 MB. I am posting on a laptop now and like to keep the PC free from the internet.

Evelon:

Thanks for those leads.
I would like to get a mac eventually when I have the spare moola saved up for it.

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Old 07-25-2011, 08:01 AM   #5
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Re: Music Software for old PC

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I used to run an older version of this on Windows 98 SE on an old 750 MHz single CPU computer with less than 512 MB of RAM. I was able to run VSTi's, VST's, and DirectX effects and record stereo overdubs onto a 5400 RPM 15 GB drive. Later I upgraded it to XP SP2.

I don't think that Window 98 is supported anymore, but XP is. So it's all good. nLite your XP and BlackViper it and it will be smooth.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:46 AM   #6
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Re: Music Software for old PC

I'm using OpenMPT... when my computer was failing I used it on a pentium 4 with 1gb ram and it seemed to run just fine. Just don't get crazy with the vsts or effects. Do as many effects as you can in post production.

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Old 09-01-2011, 08:27 PM   #7
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Re: Music Software for old PC

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I have a Windows based PC (XP) with an Athlon processor from the early 2000's. I don't want a lot of technology, but would still like to see what programs like Reason, cubase, or whichever it is have to offer. I know that these programs require a lot of RAM. Which music software would be more compliant with my computer system?
I have used the free Audacity for multitracking without too many hickups.
i made a lot of trax with a similar specced PC with

Buzz
Orion
Audiomulch

just try to avoid the cpu eaters among the vsts, the buzz machines or Orions own generators
are very lite on CPU. And avoid the big sample based instruments.

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:39 PM   #8
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Re: Music Software for old PC

Reason is overall light on the CPU too, but you might want to stick to some older version (maybe Reason 3 or Reason 4) as I think it has become more demanding on newer versions. Although it's still very light and optimized compared to VST hosts.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:29 PM   #9
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:55 AM   #10
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Re: Music Software for old PC

i say go with reason. you are going to need reason 3 or below.

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Old 05-08-2012, 03:05 AM   #11
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Re: Music Software for old PC

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). It's very light on CPU and RAM usage, relatively speaking. Maybe try getting an older version if the new one doesn't work (although I think it probably will).

The main problem would be using VSTs, but just avoid the heavier ones of those. You can also work track by track, and freeze/render each once you're done with it to lessen the load on your computer.

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Old 05-10-2012, 06:29 PM   #12
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Re: Music Software for old PC

Acid pro, you can get by with older versions although I think newer versions work fine also.

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Old 05-10-2012, 06:56 PM   #13
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Re: Music Software for old PC

Propellerheads Rebirth is still great and free!

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Old 05-10-2012, 07:45 PM   #14
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Re: Music Software for old PC

^Yeah I was going to say Rebirth also but then I noticed this was asked in July of last year so perhaps the OP has upgraded his system.

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Old 05-15-2012, 09:44 PM   #15
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Re: Music Software for old PC

Rebirth, Acid Pro (old versions), Reason (old versions). There's always Buzz & Psycle, works great. And MilkyTracker! ;-)

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Old 05-17-2012, 11:40 PM   #16
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Re: Music Software for old PC

+1 for reaper. Acid pro also was kind of cool and straightforward.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:47 AM   #17
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give reaper a try. i remember that i used to play some good VSTis on my ahtlon xp 1700+ 1gb ram, and it handled 4-5 vsti instances including pro53, albino, battery, with no problems.

+ The freeze option wasn't invented then, but now it can easily free the cpu allowing you to work with more tracks. For a better speed, i suggest you get some more ram. I have some 512mb from my old pc, and i could give it to you for free, but i guess you cand find some cheaper than the shipping from europe.
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Re: Music Software for old PC

I second trying Reaper - as it is now. If not, go back to older versions.

And possibly N-Track - if the newer 6.x is too heavy, see if they have an older 4.x version. Pretty sure that's what I was using on my older machine some years ago. But pretty sure N-Track's demo becomes crippled after a bit - Reaper doesn't.

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Old 06-26-2012, 02:36 PM   #19
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Re: Music Software for old PC

What are the specs on the computer?

EDIT: I just realized this is kind of an old thread

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