Sound Engineering & Recording

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shellofme / chad everest 3yr+5mo ago
I'm in the market for a new laptop for recording. My old one is dead/dieing :( My old specs are: ASUS laptop i3, 2.13Ghz, 4Gb Ram, 64 bit external 1.5Tb Drive ( my passport) Protools LE 8 Avid MBox Interface Looking to get away from Protools. Can anyone suggest any Laptop-Daw combo's that work well for a fair price? I don't mind spending a little $ for something a step or two above the least expensive option. quality recordings is also on my radar. anything to get me pointed in the right direction would be awesome. Thanks all:)


   

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sionepic   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Go with Studio one ,you will never look back,I promise You .

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shellofme   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Thanks, i'll reseach that.

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marshall2550   commented 3yr+5mo ago


I would second that opinion on Studio One but, DAWs are a lot like Guitars. You have to try them all out and find the one that fits you best.

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shellofme   commented 3yr+5mo ago


I wish I had the option of trying them all out:) $$$$

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GibsonGoldtop   commented 3yr+5mo ago


I third that!

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sionepic   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Thats true ,I went threw alot of them,and my last outcome was studio one,I was able to teach a friend over the phone how to use it,not saying it was easy but we got threw it.I was a fan of Protools even got the big mixer so I could really jump all the way in,but in the long run it slowed down my work flow with all the hiccups,and restarts,and ect, Im not sure about your sound card ,if it will work with other DAWs

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shellofme   commented 3yr+5mo ago


I plan on changing my sound card to work well with whatever DAW I choose. I just don't know what works well we eachother. Computer Specs/Daw/Interface. Looking for a current whats what in the market. what seems to work and what to avoid.

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tbase2000   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Here is what doesn't work out of the box. Lenovo G50 standard laptop. No line inputs. So I went with a Steinberg UR22 usb interface for sound. Nothing but glitches until I figured out I had to disable my wireless network driver. OK....that took two weeks. Cakewalk Sonar 7 and the plugins constantly crash the program. Gotta know which ones will do it at what times. Managed to get some solid recordings done lately without a bad latency problem. Something I have been working against with Sonar/Cakewalk for years. Good luck. Hope you stumble on something that's great so I can buy it. Oh...if you want to listen to your stuff you post on the web you have to unplug the UR22 and go back to standard line out because of the stops/glitches in playback. Stupid!

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shellofme   commented 3yr+5mo ago


ouch! good to know. thanks

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RicardoCamargo   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Dude, Macbook Pro 16 GB RAM with Logic Pro X. You can have 8 GB, specially if you use mostly stock plugins and no more than 20 something tracks. And Logic is amazing, I love it. I used Pro Tools, Reason, Vegas and Ableton before, in my opinion Logic is the best. Never used Studio One or Sonar, so I can't give my opinion on those.

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sionepic   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Logic was my old love ,I ran to it because I could still use my protools mixer with it,I love the work flow in it,The main thing I can say about picking your daw is whats better for your work flow..Cubase use to be hottt to They got a new look going,I keep hearing about Reaper , they say you can switch the skins to look like what ever daw you use to working on .

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sionepic   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Any laptop with at least 6gs of ram will do the trick ,every thing depends on how many plugins you trying to run at a time,I love macs but you can get any pc sometimes with better specs ,One thing I will say like tbass said get all your updates and keep that pc off the net,NO connections is the best thing to do for your work horse pc ,that way you dont need virus protections running,and wifi crap in the background

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shellofme   commented 3yr+5mo ago


:) Macbook

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Hotjams   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Reaper, for the best low-cost DAW. Studio One, if you got some money. I have used both, really like Reaper but Studio One is the bomb, at least for me. Everybody has different needs and workflows.

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sriracha   commented 3yr+5mo ago


I prefer Logic on a mac. I would suggest getting as much RAM as you possibly can though, and not just on a mac. RAM and a fast harddrive are going to make all the diff, esp on a laptop where sometimes the hardware is compromised to address the form factor. I've used mac laptops for years for audio - years ago I used it live to control all the synths and guitar effects in the last band I was in. It's just the right tool for the way I work.

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shellofme   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Mac/Logic Any naysayers????

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sriracha   commented 3yr+5mo ago


as I recall, it is the most popular combo used on kompoz based on a recent poll Donnie did. Doesn't mean anything but it's a data point. Again - go for what gets you the most bang for the buck and don't skimp on RAM. I dunno but I couldn't do mixes with less than 16GB and I used 32GB now in my main mix machine, an iMac running logic. I typically can get 60plus tracks and 30 sends going with usually a couple hundred plugs all total in that setup. The newer macbook pros are more powerful than my iMac, sadly - it's 3 years old now I think, lol.

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RicardoCamargo   commented 3yr+5mo ago


I replaced my macbook pro this year, came with 8GB, I had to put 8 more, cause I use a lot of waves, isotope, slate, etc, and the 8gb couldn't handle it every well after around 20 tracks. So far I have no issues with 16 GB

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nemonty   commented 3yr+5mo ago


can't go wrong with Mac & whatever DAW you choose......Logic Pro X is my choice. I highly recommend also.

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amerteck981   commented 3yr+5mo ago


logic pro is gr8 I tried it before , but it was not one of my options . you will like It , it is very dynamic .

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Macilias   commented 3yr+5mo ago


HW: MBP + UAD Apollo (Twin) SW: -Mixing: Logic/Studio One -Creating: Ablenton/Reason

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amerteck981   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Pro tools most demanded Daw for audio engineering . If you are a producer studio one great for you, which all daws are the same except its own interface. most important which Daw you feel comfortable with , that's what I think about it

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insub   commented 3yr+5mo ago


I wouldn't want to learn a new OS and a new DAW at the same time. Make sure your new laptop has at least 4 CPU cores, 16 GB or more RAM, AND an Intel Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. Get a Thunderbolt interface. I use and love REAPER, but it's not for everyone. You can try out REAPER and Studio One for free. REAPER's trial period is unlimited and 100% functional. I think there is a free version of Studio One that has limited functionality. I've never used Logic or ProTools. I used Cubase for over a decade prior to switching to REAPER. I'll never go back to Cubase.

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Hotjams   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Another thing to consider with Studio One is its tight integration with Melodyne 4. You can completely tempo map a song in a minute or two. Also, as somebody pointed out, make sure to move to the Thunderbolt interface, you will not be disappointed. You will get near Zero latency and a very stable connection.

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JustVera   commented 3yr+5mo ago


Everything I produce is done on my Toshiba Satellite L70 (Intel i7, about $1.000), Reason 8 (Reason 9 is out now: about $400 I guess) and a $20-set of inearplugs (Sony, Sennheiser or Philips). It's my life. I have been working on a similar setup over the past ten years and I can't imagine anything more perfect for my purpose (which is composing and producing tracks). And I guess I haven't used more than 10% of its potential...

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amerteck981   commented 3yr+4mo ago


too bad you are going to stop using pro tools. all Daws has same concept but different interface. most important which daw you feel comfortable with then you start getting much better using it .there is no better daw than other. asus zenbook labtop great for production if that's what you are looking for might be a good option to have. good luck

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