i3-530 for the win!
Just wanted to share something with y'all!
Yesterday I decided to set up an old system (actually the one I built for <$400 in 2011 to record my album XR7!) for a friend who wants to run Lounge Lizard and some other sounds. It's got a Gigabyte board, i3-530, 4GB of RAM and a 240GB SSD which I added later. I had an Echo Gina3G lying around which seemed like a perfect fit and because its primary usage will be running VSTis the PCI card would prolly give me a nice low latency I figured.
Installed Windows 10 home (free upgrade from the original Windows 7 Home key went perfectly!), installed Cakewalk by Bandlab and Lounge Lizard 4. Plugged in a Korg USB controller: let's see what this thing can do...
44.1K sample rate, 128 sample buffer size? Of course! 64 samples (1.5ms latency)? Flawless! Play 2 Lounge Lizards at the same time? Not a crackle! 32 samples? Perfect! Wait a minute... this is AWESOME! 88Khz at 64 samples? Not a problem! 88K at 32 samples? Flawlessly!
This is an audio device more than 10 years old (2005?) on a machine that was CHEAP 7 years ago, running the newest OS available flawlessly at a latency most Mac users have never even experienced! It's good to be Apple free!
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