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Which affordable PC laptop and DAW? Desktop Synthesizers
Old 24th May 2008
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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 ,

Old 24th May 2008
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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.

Old 24th May 2008
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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.
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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