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Portable set up - The ultimate question
Old 16th December 2010
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Portable set up - The ultimate question

Hi Slutz, I currently operate on a Miko from Open labs which is great at what it does but want to sell up and work from a laptop.

1) I have decided to go the Mac route - I love Mac and have always enjoyed working with them - I will buy a new probook top spec etc. (Anything i should look out for here?)

2)Midi controllers are a non-issue as i have plenty!

3)What Daw? I currently use ableton but am continually starting to think that it is limited and friends preach about Logic which i have never used. I think this is probably because ableton was so easy to operate. I am willing to learn - should i make the move or is ableton ok?

4) VST's to load this bad boy with! - Ok so aside from a DAW i dont wnat to overload with silly amounts of VST's. What would you say are the nessesities - Sound wise im taking a couple soft synths that i know and love and a huge sample library of declicious goodness. Any nice effects packs etc.

5)Monitoring - ok so i have monitors etc but what is the best way to hook it up? Should i be going for some external interface?

I understand this is a super generic question but would be great to hear what you all think?


Old 16th December 2010
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If you're just wanting to record, Logic express and is really affordable and has a great workflow and a ton of horsepower. That said, Protools is obviously the industry standard these days and for good reason.

If you're getting a portable setup ready for a possible live situation, ableton is amazing for that application.

why would you want monitors for a portable setup though?
Old 16th December 2010
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unpacking mine now as i was reading. sounds like you got it figured out. it personal preference really. Just demo a bunch of stuff and you should figure out which vsts you should buy. I bootcamped to run Sonar X1, with Komplete, some Tone 2 and Steinberg.

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