I'm working in a university auditorium (run by ITS) and want the opinion of some more sound-oriented people.
Currently we've got a left over budget for the space, that needs to be used or else we'll lose it for next year. Currently, we do student club performances, faculty booked lectures, and university events. what i'm looking to do is put a computer in the booth that we can use to just make it easier for student groups to connect their iPods to, or drag and drop music/videos to play onto, but at the same time have cuing software for more advanced things done in the space. Over in out Theatre Department space we have a mac running QLab to do this, but that's not a configuration i am looking for here.
I was wondering what kind of computer you guys could come up with in the following restraints, including buying a stock computer and adding PCI or PCIe cards. Windows based PC, 2 Video outputs, at least one Stereo out two preferred, a MIDI interface from the sound card (preferable not a USB dongle), and Show Cue System Pro (not plus, at $139), under or around $2,000
Thank you for your help in advance