[quote=pinto2;2006433]Depends on your skills.
But, for mass production duplicator path/solution is always better. make sure it’s a full version, not only the Nero Express that’s normally delivered with burners/compu.[/quote]
THe problem is that the computer/duplicator will be used by people with very little computer knowledge or skills. From what I’ve been able to glean, duplicators are pretty much foolproof nowadays (and surprisingly inexpensive). I’m sure I could learn how to use Audacity and thus teach them how to record/save their service as a WAV file for writing to a CD. At this time they only have four or five requests per week but as I told my cousin, I would expect that number to rise once word gets out that the recording is available on CD instead of tape. I also told him that if they went with a duplicator, they could fairly easily move into videotaping then copying to DVDs, albeit with a longer turn around time on the finished copies. Did I give bad advice here? In other words, if they went to videotaping the service, would that place any higher demands on the computer system’s bus when duping to four DVDs as opposed to four CDs?
Regarding the quote for the computer, I am also concerned with what will almost certainly be a sub par power supply (it comes w/the case and is only 350 watts) to drive a 65 watt processor, a 7500 RPM HD, four DVD DLs, and assorted fans, etc. My concern is that I don’t want them to have to replace this system in a year or two. [B]IF [/B]they stick to their current plan, i.e, copying CDs only, theoretically they should never have to invest in any other [more powerful] hardware or software. If they start out with an underpowered system, they could find themselves replacing components on a regular basis. Another concern is the software in that if they get an OEM version, it sounds like it won’t work, and if they get a full version it’s going to be… Uhhmmm… How say we say?.. Less than legal.
Please forgive my verbosity but as long as I have a sounding board, I want as much input as I can get, which is [B]GREATLY [/B]appreciated.
Take Care and Thanks Again,
PS Oh, and one more thing. I strongly suggested that the church ask their congregation if anyone has an older [U]P4 anyversion[/U] that can be donated. Since Audacity requires very little oomph from the computer, and burning the master CD would require very little power, more than likely they could get by with a RAM upgrade and a stand alone duplicator. Assuming the donated computer was to come with a monitor, they would probably only have to spend around $650 for a 1 to 5 (or even higher) system. Do you agree with my assessment? As I’ve said, I’m so new to this that I feel pretty much in the dark and am basing my statements more on intuition than real world experience.
PPS Just for the record, I don’t stand to make any money on this deal whether they go with the original quote or if I end up building them a simple system to go w/a duplicator. I took them paying me for the work out of the equation so as to avoid any appearance of there being a conflict of interest (my cousin giving me the job over a local business getting it). What I’m sincerely after is to go to my cousin and be able to say: “Well, you already know I don’t know much about duping but I was told on a forum…” So really, I am not biased as to whether my suppositions are right or wrong, I just want what is best for them.