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Old 04-07-2013, 06:42 PM
dietermoreno dietermoreno is offline
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Default Does M-Audio Fast Track interface used with Windows Vista have dedicated memory?

Does M-Audio Fast Track interface used with Windows Vista have dedicated memory?

Well, since this is an Avid forum, I'll start out by saying that I love my Pro Tools Essentials that came with my M-Audio Fast Track interface, even though it is the cheapest version of Pro Tools used with the cheapest M-Audio interface. Its still light years better than not having multi-tracking recording capabilities using Audacity.

So back on topic, I was wondering if the same M-Audio quality that I use to record (and I even use it as my sound card exclusively for listening to music because it has better quality than the on-board chip set on my laptop), would that work for gaming?

When I say "work for gaming", I mean does it have dedicated audio memory that frees up the CPU to render other things in gaming?

Here's my O.S., hardware, and personal application information:

O.S.: Windows Vista Business Service Pack 2

   -- model: Lenovo ThinkPad R61
   -- year: 2005
   -- type of machine: laptop
   -- processor: Intel Duo Core CPU 1.80 GHZ (900 MHZ each, 1.80 GHZ total)
   -- local hard disc drive type: magnetic disc drive
   -- local hard disc drive: 7100 RPM  75 GB, air cooled and water cooled (I have it sitting on top of a tupper wear container full of water)
   -- processor bit size: 32 bit
   -- RAM CPU: 3 GB
   -- inputs: 9 pin S, 2 USB 1.0, 1 USB 2.0
   -- input devices: touch pad mouse track pad, left click button, right click button, QWERTY key board
  -- power supply: 65 W   20 V
  -- display: 1280 x 800 pixels color
  -- on board video chipset: Mobile Intel (R) 965 Express chipset family, 32 bit color, 1280x800 60p, internal DAC, adapter string Mobile Intel (R) GMA 
 X3100, Intel Video bios
  -- Total available graphics memory: 358 Mb
  -- Dedicated video memory: 0 Mb
  -- Shared video memory: 128 Mb
  -- Shared system memory for graphics: 230 Mb
  -- speakers: Conexant High Definition Audio speakers (stereo)
  -- on board audio chipset: Conexant High Definition Audio, location 0 (internal high definition audio bus), stereo, 192 khz, 24 bit, input is 1/8 inch TRS stereo, output is 1/8 inch TRS stereo
 -- desktop ui theme I have currently running: Windows classic

External Hard Disc Drive: 
 -- Model: SimpleTech 320 Gb
 -- input/output: USB 2.0
 -- drive type: magnetic disc drive
 -- disc speed: 5400 RPM
 -- cooling: water cooled (I have it sitting on top of a tupper wear container full of water)
 USB 2.0, 5400 RPM, air cooled and water cooled (I have it sitting on top of a tupper wear container full of water)

 Fast Track M-Audio interface:
  -- inputs: 1 XLR mic balanced line, 1 phono (1/4 inch) unbalanced mono audio line, 1 USB 2.0
 -- outputs: 1 phono (1/4 inch) unbalanced stereo audio line, red and white RCA stereo unbalanced audio line
 -- 48 volt phantom power for mic
 -- power supply: USB
 -- sample rate, bit depth, channels: 44.1 khz,  24 bit, 2 channel, records 2 mono channels or plays back stereo

GPU: none

Location of installation of Pro Tools M-Powered Essentials: local hard disc drive

Location of installation of Fast Track M-Audio drivers: local hard disc drive

 -- recording an instrument: electric guitar with humbucker pickups played on a Marshal MG-15 stack 15 W solid state amp
 -- recording vocals: condensor mic
-- sound card that I listen to music on and connect to car stereo system as well as connect to PA speakers
 -- gaming?

Last edited by dietermoreno; 04-07-2013 at 07:00 PM.
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