“Fortunately, setting up a PC for audio recording has never been easier. Time has been kind to digital audio workstation software like Cakewalk SONAR 8.5, Steinberg Cubase 5.5, and Avid Pro Tools 8. After years of troublesome IRQ conflicts, flaky Windows XP drivers, and odd incompatibilities with motherboard chipsets, today it is much simpler than before to set up a Windows PC for music composition, sound design, and audio post-production.”
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If you are looking to get into audio production for the home then ExtremeTech has something of great value to you. There is now an alternative to purchasing high end audio recording and mixing equipment for those who cannot afford the steep entry price of the high end components. All you need is your trusty PC, assuming you have set it up with all of the necessary pieces and programs. It is worth a bit of research before you start as there are incompatibilities; for instance many of the audio mastering programs are not compatible with 64-bit Windows 7. Drop by to read the first instalment on their series that will get you creating audio of decent quality for less than you might think.