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Laptop: Requirements for home recording
« on: May 15, 2019, 10:20:29 PM »
Its about buying a laptop...to record music on...so is it oscillations? Or is it technology? Who cares?

Sorry for starting such a self-serving thread but why change the habit of a lifetime...tomorrow I am to purchase a laptop, the max I can go is like £649...Ideally I want a touch screen one that I can play indie Steam games on and record music, but I don't know, maybe that's a bit of a tall order for £649.

The ability to be able to make/record music on it is high priority, with the aim to be to accumulate things such as Pro tools and interfaces and mics etc over a period of time. I just wondered if anyone could be so helpful as to give me some advice on what kind of specifications I need to look for to do this? So far all Ive been advised is the more RAM the better. Most for 600 odd quid seem to be 8gb ram; is that enough?

Any advice would be really appreciated, I'm buying tomorrow so if no one answers by then I'll just go on gut instinct you ignorant bastards x

NoSleep

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Re: Laptop: Requirements for home recording
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2019, 09:05:30 AM »
Any idea what DAW you'll be using? I'm not sure ProTools would be an ideal choice as they tend to stick to the "cutting edge", i.e. it will probably require you to upgrade your computer to carry on using it after a short while. I'd take a look at REAPER in preference, as you can try it out for free indefinitely (until you feel guilty and hand over the extremely reasonable amount of dosh). There's another DAW out there now that's open source, too. It's called Ardour and I have yet to try it out, but it's free and looks promising.
Another thing that will be an important requirement will be an audio interface of some kind; you absolutely cannot rely on the native audio in a laptop for monitoring purposes and definitely not recording purposes. These start at £25 and rocket up into the £000's so it would probably be useful to know what you plan to do on the computer to see what fits budget/requirements.

Amount of RAM will probably depend on your DAW and whatever else you may be utilising (for example, some virtual instruments, like NI Kontakt, might max you out quite easily).

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Re: Laptop: Requirements for home recording
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2019, 11:02:06 PM »
The PC I use has 8GB of RAM. I found it okay for recording guitar and bass tracks on Audacity but then I kicked it up a gear, bought a MIDI keyboard and tried running Reaper and playing around with VSTs - this proved to be too much for it. I'm currently in the process of building a new PC and I'm going for 32GB of RAM. I suspect I could get away with 16 but I'm not going to fuck about.

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Re: Laptop: Requirements for home recording
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 09:59:15 PM »
My approach (that has served me well for about 5 years now) was to get a 2nd hand MacBook Pro, (a 2009 one in my case) then splash out on a Solid State Drive.

Once the SSD was installed in mine, it was like having a brand new laptop. So nippy and never any issues. Admittedly the battery life isn't great, but it's never been an issue, as I can get about an hour out of it, before needing to plug it in.

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Re: Laptop: Requirements for home recording
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 11:20:06 PM »
I've a pc with an i5 and 8 gig of ram,

It can  handle most recording projects as long as I don't want a million hypersampled pianos and 0 latency. Got some 80 track tunes on the go, mix of sampler instruments and synths, all v stable

I'm running reaper