New Music

Over the past couple days I’ve been trying to mix my tracks a little bit better than I have in the past.  I’ve learned quite a bit from the experiment (music) which is good, but I’ve now run up against a limitation of my current system.  My computer is incapable of loading all the plugins I want to use at the same time.  The new song I posted uses the maximum number of individual instrument patches (from LA Scoring Strings and Spitfire Albion) for my RAM.

Ableton allows me to freeze tracks, and flatten them which frees up RAM but will prevent you from making any future changes to the track other than things like “panning” and “track volume”.  This is an unacceptable workaround because a single render of a song might prompt iterations from clients (I’d actually expect to iterate on them).

So the good news is, I get to build a new computer.  The bad news is, I have to build a new computer.  Win some, lose some.

If you’re looking to start building a machine to get into producing music, and you plan on using sample based libraries you should seriously consider setting up your system with at least (at least) 8gb of RAM and a 64bit operating system.  I recommend going with 16gb of RAM if you can.  My current 4gb system cannot handle anywhere near enough, and I think an 8gb system would likely be able to handle 30% more tracks without flattening.

Best to go as big as possible.  Time to start packing up my drives for a huge transfer.


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