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New PC laptop DAW suggestions needed
Old 10th July 2005
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
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
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Reaper for DAW gets my vote.
Old 16th March 2014
Here for the gear

+1 For Reaper
Old 17th March 2014
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+2 for Reaper, hands down.
Old 17th March 2014
Here for the gear

Reaper is the business.

Very happy user since the early days
Old 17th March 2014
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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
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Interface: what price range? RME's Babyface is a reliable and compact choice.

Edit: oh crap, resurrected thread.
Old 18th March 2014
Yes, direct monitoring is what you need, bypassing extra required hardware. Cubase fits the requirement, as well.
Old 18th March 2014
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Im no expert but I think he worked out the answer over the past 9 years
Old 24th March 2014
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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