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Lenovo ideapad S130 for location recording? DAW Software
Old 1 week ago
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Lenovo ideapad S130 for location recording?

Hi together!

I've been having this idea of a super portable recording setup for location recordings (max 8 channels) and wondered what the minimum setup to get away with is. I currently run a 2013(?) MacBook Pro with Logic and Pro Tools but I always found it a little over the top for the job.

The idea is to run Reaper in Linux (or potentially Windows 10 if the Linux idea isn't working out) and literally just record. No mixing, no plugins, 8 tracks max just capturing audio. Haven't thought about the interface to use yet (have multiple options there) but found a potential candidate laptop-wise: the Lenovo ideapad S130 looks good for the price but will it be good enough to run Reaper reliably?

Any input is much appreciated. Seems like people have done recordings with tiny machines but I couldn't find anyone running a Celeron N4000 machine.
Old 1 week ago
In the past the thinkpad series was best for audio. Local ex education dept t520 go for $160 which is ample for 8 trks. Chuck in an ssd msata and data and still have the dvd drive for either. 8gb min ram.

Have you checked out the cheaper adk lappies? For a bit more umph

Btw Linux with Reaper is the future
Old 1 week ago
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Thanks bcslaam. Just had a look at the t520 and I'm afraid it's just a bit on the big side of things. Should have said that I've been looking at the 11" version of the ideapad Main idea is keeping everything as tiny as possible but unfortunately everything even one step up from something with an N4000 seems really expensive.
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