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New PC laptop DAW suggestions needed
Old 10th July 2005
  #1
Gear Head
 

Lightbulb New PC laptop DAW suggestions needed

It's time for a new DAW and I'd like some suggestions on what interface/ software combinations will meet my most basic requirements.

PC - HP nc6120 laptop, PCMCIA cardbus and IEE1394 connections available.

Interface - At least 8 digital i/o available for outboard converters, 16 i/o total.

Software - Ability to read/ write and place time-stamped broadcast WAVs.

The main functionality I'm looking for is the ability to record a live band to 16 tracks, while providing a latency-free headphone mix back to the musicians. This also requires that I can play back the same mix to the musicians and punch them in mid-song, while the interface automatically flips from monitoring the recorded tracks to the live latency free cue mix when record is pressed.

What software/ hardware/ driver combinations provide this funcionality without any audible click/ pop/ drop-out at the punch-in? I'm not interested in low-latency CPU based monitoring, just hardware based input monitoring where the maximum delay involved will be that of the A/D and D/A converters used.

Thanks for any solutions...
Old 14th March 2014
  #2
Gear Nut
I'm no expert but I can tell you right now that you should definitely go for mix monitor software if you're serious about good monitoring during recording.
Old 15th March 2014
  #3
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Reaper for DAW gets my vote.
Old 16th March 2014
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+1 For Reaper
Old 17th March 2014
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+2 for Reaper, hands down.
Old 17th March 2014
  #6
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Reaper is the business.

Very happy user since the early days
Old 17th March 2014
  #7
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Hard to go wrong with Reaper. Free demo, ~$59 bucks for a full license and super flexible. Although I'm a strong believer in using whatever tool you think will help you get the job done the fastest.

For the interface, check out the Steinberg MR816 - great sounding unit.
Old 17th March 2014
  #8
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Reaper.

Interface: what price range? RME's Babyface is a reliable and compact choice.

Edit: oh crap, resurrected thread.
Old 18th March 2014
  #9
Yes, direct monitoring is what you need, bypassing extra required hardware. Cubase fits the requirement, as well.
Old 18th March 2014
  #10
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Im no expert but I think he worked out the answer over the past 9 years
Old 24th March 2014
  #11
HaHa! Oh, man!
Well, even if your not the expert, you just proved to this dork how easy it is to forget to pay attention to post dates!
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