I’m looking to build a rack computer using the Intel NUC mini pc platform and would appreciate some suggestions on CPU choices.
Currently, I’m using a Korg Kronos in a cover band setup, so I will need to run a few plugins at a time to cover the combinations of sounds for each song. Usually there are 3-4 sounds running at once but sometimes more for medeys and other complex setups. I have a 61 key Kronos and a 73 key as well so I like having all the sounds available at once without having to do any switching of patches or using pedals to enable/disable sounds during songs
I plan on using Pianoteq and other modelling plugins as much as possible to keep the load times as low as possible so CPU power would be most important but I also plan on at least 16GB of ram to start. I will be using Kontakt for things like strings and horns as needed and will have one or two SSD drives (OS and Sample/program drives)
I’m looking to spec i7 or better but haven’t done too much research on whether multi core is as important as raw single core speed.
Thanks for any info/advise. I’ve been very happy with my initial experiments and looking forward to being able to do our shows with less reliance on specific workstations/hardware synths and having more flexibility in my sound design