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Re: how do you get good guitar tone on tape ?(or disc)

10/24/2000 4:39 AM
Steve A.
Re: how do you get good guitar tone on tape ?(or disc)
    Speed Racer was telling us last year how you really ought to have a computer dedicated for digital recording since all of those DLL's and programs loaded automatically through the registry can screw you up...  
    I was thinking that I ought to get a 30 to 40 meg hard drive... PLUS one of those partition managers that allow you to boot up different operating systems on different partitions. Only instead of having Unix or Linux on a different partition, just have two different Windows installations... one with no frills for doing digital audio and a second one that has all of the bells and whistles installed.  
    Only problem is that Win9x may insist on being installed in the primary partition... I need to look into that!  
    While some of the incompatibilities arise on the hardware level, most of them have to do with software and the various settings in the registry. I was looking into Nero (Burning ROM) to replace the Adaptec CD-burning software that I currently use, and they have a patch for your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files to allow you to select between Nero and Adaptec DirectCD when you are booting up. In switching between the two, several DLL's in your win/system folder are renamed AND the registry is edited using REGEDIT to change some of the settings. Only I just upgraded my "business" computer to WinME which does not seem to look at the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files...   :(    
    My music computer used the NTI cd-burning software that came with my cd-rw drive and I just learned that it has a program similar to Adaptec's DirectCD (which is known to cause a lot of problems)... these programs allow you to copy files to cd-r's and cd-rw's as though they were another hard drive- but they can really screw up your computer. (It is not that much harder to do your backups with the safer cd-burner software...)  
    I wonder if the people using Mac computers have all of these problems...   :D    
Steve Ahola  
P.S. If you are using Win98, try typing in "msconfig" in the Run box... you can deselect items that you don't want to load on startup and edit your WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI files.