How much horsepower needed for a recording sound card?

kranky

Elite Member
Oct 9, 1999
21,014
137
106
I need to get a quality sound card to record from a mixer - probably either the e-mu 0404 or the m-audio 2496. I saw the minimum system requirements listed for the cards and they don't seem too demanding. Worst case was 1Ghz CPU and 256MB RAM.

If all I need to do is capture quality (48-bit) sound from a mixer, will any new PC be powerful enough? I'm planning on getting the cheapest Dell I can find and stick the sound card in it, if that will get the job done. This is for a non-profit and the only other thing they do with the PC is run Powerpoint, so extra money spent on performance might be wasted.

Thanks in advance.
 

oynaz

Platinum Member
May 14, 2003
2,448
2
81
I did fine with my Celeron 375 Mhz and 320 Mb RAM, so I do not think you need to worry. Remember that 48-bit sound files take up quite a large amount of hard disk space, so the hard drive should not be too small.
 

Tarrant64

Diamond Member
Sep 20, 2004
3,203
0
76
Any $300-$400 Dell should be sufficient enough to get what you need done. Intel P4, 512mb RAM and you should be good to go. That's way more than enough. :)