Frustrations w/ hardware/software setup
I've been an ardour user on and off for the past few years (i love the software), but I'm really fed up trying to get all my stuff working and sounding right. I just recorded another promo and it's filled with a ton of xruns.
I'd really appreciate it if someone can give me some recommendations for improving things. I'm open to upgrading hardware, changing distros, you name it. I really just want a reliable setup. I don't really want to buy a Mac ...but I'm close to pulling the trigger on it.
PC: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor w/ 8GB RaM
Sound card: maudio 2496 w/ Audio Buddy
running F18 w/ RT kernel from planet ccrma. i do the basics like run jack w/ RT and disable speed stepping on the processor.
All I need to do right now is lay down a single track at a time. Typically just guitar or bass from a Kemper (direct like a Pod), and I need it to sound good. I also get my drums from Hydrogen and that works well enough for my needs. Should I buy better a better sound card? Faster processor? Any all thoughts are much appreciated.