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ThomasWho
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Which affordable PC laptop and DAW?

Hi guys ,

I need an affordable laptop and DAW that can :

-record up to 8 tracks at a time (48/24)
-play back up to 20 tracks (48/24)
-do this on the internal drive
-record via my Prism Orpheus (so no Pro Tools software)

I don`t need to use plugins or sampler instruments / synths etc. No midi required either. This is purely for tracking , not production or mixing.

I will use this machine for mobile recording and dump the audio into my Mac Pro when I get back to my studio.

Thanks for any input ,

Thomas
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I`ve been reading up on the subject and Reaper looks interesting. I`m more unshure of what caliber of laptop I would need.

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ive posted lots of tips in the past on laptops if u search under my name.
but best bet is to test lots of laptops like i do.
here we go again.(general guides.)
1. stay away from celerons. core duo 2.
preferably.
2. xp if possible.
3. upgrade internal hard drive to 7200 rpm.
max out ram and add a second external drive to record to.
you could try an external 16mb cache 7200 drive in an enclosure.
eg acomdata . but youll have to test it.
these normally connect over fw or usb.

someone could tell you a certain lap works for them,
but this doesnt mean it will for you.
cos there can be manufacturing changes for example sometimes.
thus the motto is TEST TEST TEST ! before buying the lap.
with say reaper plus your choice of sound interface.

a cheap little interface i was given as a present is a line 6 toneport gx.
i'm using with reaper. i'm very happy with it due to its low latency.
but its one trak recording at a time.
huge value for money imho for getting song ideas down.
if u search i posted a review on GS.


hope this helps a bit. TEST BEFORE BUIYING.


ps...oops ...noticed you want 8 trak at a time recording.
this means definitely u need a fast drive to record to...
and i suppose youll be useing the orpheus as your interface.
( i looked it up...VERY NICE !!)
thus i would test various laps with orpheus to get a feel on performance.
in reaper make sure you identify in reaper preferences the orpheus drivers that reaper
should use.
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