Solved minimum suggested system to record/edit voice

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May 21, 2011 at 12:01:12
Specs: Windows XP, P3/512
what is the minimum suggested system to record and edit voice?
friend asked for advice buying new pc.
he's a stand-up comic and does voice-overs.
he wants to record and edit his voice.
he has a good usb mike and will probably use audacity or similar software.
he's considering a Lenovo H405-7723-1GU pc on sale this week at fry's.
it has 3gb ram and amd processor.


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May 21, 2011 at 12:17:03
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Almost any computer will do. Sound recording, unlike video, is not very demanding on computer resources. An old 1 Ghz CPU would be more than adequate.

The most critical factor with sound recording is the sound card and the software you are using. A good quality sound card will be adequate if all you are recording is voice. You need really high quality and ridiculous high prices when music is involved.

The same goes for software and Audacity is as good as you are going to get without again getting into ridiculous high prices aimed at professional music production.

Of course a good quality mic is important. It wont matter one jot if you have a high quality sound card, Audacity and a crap microphone.


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May 21, 2011 at 12:32:20
I doubt that it would even need 1GHz. Audacity will run (under Win98) on a 500MHz machine (see link below), so you should be able to find a "under $50 clunker" that should work just fine. In fact, Vista & Win7 are only supported in the Beta version, so in this case, older may be better. As StuartS mentions, the most important things are the sound card and microphone.

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May 21, 2011 at 13:32:58
The only problem with audio is when you need to record and play and hear what you want in real time. In simple recording modes above is correct.

Many guitar players need a very advanced sound device that handles audio in it's hardware to help speed up processing.

I doubt any stand up would need much of a computer.

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August 15, 2011 at 19:49:50
If your friend is using or plan to use Windows operating system PC, he could easily find an embedded sound recorder to record voice at first or use Audacity to record from microphone. After recording and saving voice file on your PC, you might need an audio converter to edit voice or record voice to CD. Of course, you'd better have a good sound card.

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