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Laptop advice for live perfomance
Old 31st August 2011
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Laptop advice for live perfomance

Hi,

I'm looking for a low budget laptop that can handle about 40 audio tracks, with very few plugins, and most importantly, can handle drum trigger sampling with Kontakt, such as Steven Slate Drums.

I'm using cubase 5 project.
My intention is playing back around 7 audio tracks simultaneously at a time, while triggering drum samples and have as low latency as I can get (atleast 5ms).
Perhaps, I'd like to put up a few compressors on the drum samples, and so on the main out of the audio playback.

I have about 1100$.

For a soundcard, I'v been thinking about Presonus Firebox. -- I'd would appreciate any other recommendation.

For a laptop, I'm a bit lost. Been thinking about:
-- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 1143 - Core i3 2.1 GHz - 15.6? - 4 GB Ram - 320 GB HDD

or

-- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 1143 - Core i5 2.3 GHz - 15.6? - 4 GB Ram - 500 GB HDD

Will the i3 be strong enough to handle this?

Anyway, any help will be much appreciated!

Thanks.
Old 31st August 2011
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just curious... for live performance, why not a simple stereo playback for the pre-recorded tracks?
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
just curious... for live performance, why not a simple stereo playback for the pre-recorded tracks?
I must have the option to be able to mix (balance especially) stuff in my project.
I'm changing stuff frequently.

There are bout 40 track in total, or a bit more, But I only play around 7 simultaneously at a time.
Old 31st August 2011
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i3 Dual Only! i5 Better[i.e.Quad,quite a bit] i7 better still [too obvious?]
Old 31st August 2011
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good luck getting that lenovo to work for firewire...
for samples playback at low latency you will want a quad core
and a good interface

Scott
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Old 31st August 2011
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forgot to mention that I plan on using an expresscard with a firewire port.

I'v tried running this project on my friend's cpu. He's cpu didnt sweat at akk. I could load much much more.
He has quad core 8gig ram. Donnu which quad core though (he says something old).

Dual I3 or I5 is a risk?
Old 31st August 2011
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adding a TI express slot card does not mean it will work...
if you want low latency a quad is best

Scott
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Old 31st August 2011
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I wouldn't recomend a firebox, check the M-Audio Profire or a Focusrite

If you go PC try to get USB 2.0 its better then firewire

Check it!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-a...ding-interface

Last edited by BGRENNAN; 31st August 2011 at 10:12 PM.. Reason: including links
Old 31st August 2011
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Originally Posted by palm0island View Post
Dual I3 or I5 is a risk?
An i3 works fine with 64 samples if you don't use a lot of plugs. 32 samples buffer is not doable, not even when just recording, no plugs. Tested with 64 tracks.
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