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ONE DRIVE, TWO DRIVE, RED DRIVE, BLUE DRIVE Should you install two hard drives? The short answer is yes; a second hard drive is very helpful. You can perform quicker backups by copying data from one hard drive to another; and after all, as the saying goes, "two heads are better than one." But is this necessary for Reason? Not really, as the digital audio involved in a Reason song is stored in your computer's RAM, essentially making your second hard drive superfluous. But, if your intention is to use Reason in conjunction with another Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW) program, such as Cubase or Pro Tools, a second hard drive will certainly be needed. Because the prices of computer hardware are so reasonable these days, I would say if you have the cash, go for it; but remember that you can always upgrade your computer at a later date. Sound Card--Your Digital Audio Connection Your sound card is responsible for both playing back digital audio in Reason and providing the capability to create real-time performances within Reason while the program is running. To put it simply, the sound card is just about the most important part of your studio, with the possible exception of your creativity. As there are so many cards available, you need to make sure yours supports one of the driver formats discussed next. The driver is software that comes with the sound card and that closely integrates the sound card with the operating system. This will ensure better accuracy and performance from Reason, as it will decrease the latency effect that can occur when using Reason as a real-time performance tool. If you are on the prowl for a new audio card, your timing couldn't be any better, because there are many affordable audio cards with mind-blowing features and reasonable price tags. For example, it's now possible to purchase a 24-bit/96kHz sound card for well under $200 at your local music shop. THE LATENCY EFFECT Latency, simply put, is the time lag between striking a note on your instrument and hearing that note played back through your studio speakers. For example, on the Fourth of July, you see the fireworks explode in mid-air, but you have to wait almost a full second before you hear the explosion, depending on the distance between you and the fireworks. That is latency, plain and simple. But fireworks latency is a result of distance. In computer synthesis, the latency effect occurs because the instructions from your MIDI keyboard have to be processed inside your computer before your speakers can generate the sound.