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Which Laptop best for PT? Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 24th August 2007
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Which Laptop best for PT?

Which laptop would be best for tracking Pro Tools LE? I want to stay away from Macs.

I was thinking about DELL??
Old 24th August 2007
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I'm a mac guy but I always like to help my pc's bros out

http://duc.digidesign.com/showflat.p...fpart=1#470179

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Old 25th August 2007
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Thanks for the reply .... any other ideas??

Should I just suck it up and get a Mac?? What specs should I look at?

Someone said get a dual processor ....
Old 26th August 2007
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I know this is not what you want to hear but...

YES! suck it up and get a MAC!

Look into a MacBook Pro w/ as much Ram as you can afford.
Go for the faster HD as well. Any processor is fine but the faster one is always better heh.

good luck,

mike
Old 26th August 2007
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Which laptop would be best for tracking Pro Tools LE? I want to stay away from Macs.

I was thinking about DELL??
I've used a Dell Inspiron 640m laptop with the first generation Core Duo 1.66 processor. It's used primarily with Cubase but I run Pro Tools LE on it sometimes, and it does that very well.

But I'm soon going to buy a MacBook Pro to replace my Dell lappy. The inside of the computer has been great, except for the 4 pin firewire port. But it's the outside of the computer I'm getting tired off. The plastic feel and flimsy build quality overall, has got me looking over to the other side.

But it's your call. I would have bought a Mac for the excellent build quality.
Old 22nd October 2007
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So it looks like I am gonna suck it up and get a Macbook ..... I have never recorded on a mac before but I have been recording for 7 years on a PC .... Will it be a tough transition? Can I use the MacBook as my main computer for recording??
Old 22nd October 2007
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So it looks like I am gonna suck it up and get a Macbook ..... I have never recorded on a mac before but I have been recording for 7 years on a PC .... Will it be a tough transition? Can I use the MacBook as my main computer for recording??
As said in my previous post, I did actually buy a Macbook Pro. Although, I am very dissapointed with the performance of Cubase 4 on OSX. Logic uses CoreAudio much better than Cubase. And I get horrible performance with my Fireface800 using bootcamp and Cubase, but excellent performance using OSX and Logic with the same hardware.
Old 22nd October 2007
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Not sure what you intend to use this machine for (a desktop alternative, audio field-recorder, midi composition???) or if you are in a pinch to buy now, but the upcoming ver. 7.4 (HD/LE) will provide Vista support for PC. That should give you more options as far as new PC laptops (DELL, HP, etc.). (NOTE- there will be bugs)

*****BE VERY CAREFUL WITH CHOICE
Must have compatible chipset (look on Digi site for supported PC Specs)
Purchase as much RAM as you can
Make sure it has plenty of USB or 1394 (BOTH) depending on your PT interface.

I am currently running 7.3 on an HP laptop (Intel dual-core, 945 Chipset, 2GBRAM). It came with VISTA and I had to downgrade the machine (something I don't recommend you try unless you know PC's; I custom build computers from scratch).

A Mac laptop would be faster for you to get up and running NOW and the learning curve for MAC, for basic functionality, is not steep;

PRO TOOLS ON A LAPTOP IS POSSIBLE, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND MULTIPLE AND CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES, SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE JUSTIFIABLY DO NOT HAVE THE TIME FOR.

PCs all the way here, though

Last edited by nharmonic; 22nd October 2007 at 05:18 PM.. Reason: typo
Old 23rd October 2007
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I would believe what the guys at DUC say. DUC: Best Laptops for PTLE
Old 23rd October 2007
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I'm a PC guy for most of my computing needs; work, mail, web..

but for audio and running PT - I have 4 Macs - why? I just don't want to bother about IRQs, firewire chipset and MOBO issues when doing audio. With macs, you get to work on music.

hth.

best laptop? I have a Macbook Pro and it runs circles around my PowerMac! enough said. :D
Old 23rd October 2007
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HP NC8430:
Kickass laptop and great deals to be had on Ebay for warranied refurbs.
Save yourself a pile of dough.
But stay away from the Dells.
Old 23rd October 2007
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So I checked out the DUC and it seems to go back and forth .... Mac/PC.... I would rather stay with a PC laptop cause thats what I already know. Any opinions about getting a laptop built? I am only using this computer for PTLE and various plugins .... just want PTLE to run smoothly as possible ..... I don't need any other programs on the computer
Old 24th October 2007
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FWIW, Pro Tools interface is identical on Macs and PCs, so that wouldn't be a problem for you.
Old 24th October 2007
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So I checked out the DUC and it seems to go back and forth .... Mac/PC.... I would rather stay with a PC laptop cause thats what I already know. Any opinions about getting a laptop built? I am only using this computer for PTLE and various plugins .... just want PTLE to run smoothly as possible ..... I don't need any other programs on the computer

this pc laptop is built specifically for audio.

i like and use macs a lot but the tracker extreme laptop is supporting my sequoia rig which is pc only. i spent some time looking and comparing all the major brands and this was the clear winner in pc land. thumbsup

sonica also makes towers plus a very nice rack mount unit and all of them are designed and set up specifically for audio/video use. orange was using the towers to showcase the new magix sequoia and samplitude and algorithmics apps at the recent nyc aes. decent endorsement that.

look at the ordering options on each product page as there is much more there than it seems at first glance. they have the 003 as an option for the rack unit so they could likely set that up for the laptop if that's in your plans.

their systems have been bench tested with various apps, inclusive of PTLE, so they know that things work reliably for our arcane uses.

i have no affiliation with them other than being a customer who needed a good pc laptop for a specific application.

Last edited by John Moran; 24th October 2007 at 04:08 AM.. Reason: added info
Old 24th October 2007
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I have no affiliation with them other than being a customer who needed a good pc laptop for a specific application.
Thanks for the input John
Old 2nd November 2007
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So I think I am leaning towards buying a custom PC laptop ..... what specs should I look for if I am only using the computer for PTLE?
Old 3rd November 2007
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strawdps.
just out of curiosity.
why the need for LE ??
is there some overriding reason ??
what are your upper limits as to trak and plug in counts ??

you can do great songs with higher trak counts in lots of great daw software these days.
reaper, sonar, samplitude and many others.
plus you can use any sound device.

all the daw software these days will run on most any pc laptop.
certainly the ones i use in my sig, with any sound device.
i would suggest you look at pc laptops with dual core processors ,
and 2 gigs of ram as well as 7200 rpm drives.
ive seen em at pretty low prices today.
as low as 800 buks cdn.
prolly cheaper in the states.
Old 3rd November 2007
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HP NX9420. Im very happy with mine
Old 3rd November 2007
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Which laptop would be best for tracking Pro Tools LE? I want to stay away from Macs.

I was thinking about DELL??
in my experience, the Dell customer support was TERRIBLE!!!!

yuck.

FYI

maybe Toshiba? I dunno. or a mac
Old 3rd November 2007
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Old 4th November 2007
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strawdps.
just out of curiosity.
why the need for LE ??
I need to use LE because I already own a 002 and I am too poor to buy a new systemheh

Thanks for the advice on the laptop
Old 4th November 2007
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straw./
before makeing any drastic decisions....../spending lots of money.
i dont use the 002 , but it has an asio driver . correct ??
check on the reaper forum (cockos.com.) as to reaper working
with the 002. i'm sure i saw some threads on this.
but its early n i need a coffee....lol. so i'm hazy on details.
i found this duc thread. dunno if might be of interest.
DUC: Pro Tools Power User Editing
just google n put in search box reaper and 002.
theres some threads on various forums.
Old 7th November 2007
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I am gonna build this Allenstein custom desktop

DUC: Allenstein OctaPC(8-core) and Quadzilla(4-core)

I think that a desktop will be more reliable and easier to upgrade compared to a laptop .... and more bang for the buck as well

Hopefully this desktop will run PTLE well .....
Old 7th November 2007
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My Core2duo HP NC8430 has been workign great so far for me.
The Dell I had befroe was nothing but pain and misery on the firewire front.
Old 7th November 2007
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get a mac a G5 dual processor or higher
Old 8th November 2007
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So the Mac will run better than the Allenstein custom machine???
Old 9th November 2007
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Thumbs up

the livetracker extreme works well on all levels and has unrivaled audio production, especially for pro tools, it works well bro...and you have the choice to upgrade the laptop to practically whatever you need.

check out shopsonica.com

i mean if your looking for a real recording laptop.
macs are very good also.
but the livetracker extreme is specificall made for audio prduction
thats what you want right?
Old 9th November 2007
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So the Mac will run better than the Allenstein custom machine???
Did you read the links I posted above ?

This one is particular should offer some reference based on actual facts and not just hearsay and personal bias: http://snipr.com/1szv2
Old 9th November 2007
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Get it built custom and get something with a dual core and 2gigs and you should be fine
Old 10th November 2007
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Did you read the links I posted above ?

This one is particular should offer some reference based on actual facts and not just hearsay and personal bias: PC World - In Pictures: The Most Notable Notebooks of 2007
Yes I did read the links from above but now I have decided to go with a desktop and not a laptop. I think that the desktop would be more reliable and easier to upgrade than the laptop .....
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