Why would you get flamed about tracking with plugs? It can be changed afterward anyways.
I can track 20+ tracks at a time and I can use EQ, compression, Guitar Rig 2/Amplitube 2 and reverb @ 44.1/24 with a 128 buffer/latency with no problems.
I used to be able to brag about my computer but as so often the case my rig is only so-so by more recent standards
I am currently running a Dual-Dual core setup (AMD Opteron 285 CPU's) with 4 GB of RAM
I haven't checked but the AMD chips are pretty cheap right now - they were $8-900 a peive when I bought them. I think you could get both for about the same price today.
"In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey" - Beck, Loser
"I do use compressors/limiters but not for controlling dynamics, I use EQ for that!" Jp22 (damn I miss him)
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"I try to get a boom out of the bass drum, in one of my albums, my CD, boom, I try to get that big boom, I could not get a big boom, I paid bucks, and could not get the boom" - Recording Expert, Tad Donley