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Using a laptop onstage: Dominic Frasca's take

The new issue of Frets magazine has an article on Dominic Frasca
(10-string nylon string guitarist) who now uses just a laptop, MOTU
interface, and Logic for all his onstage processing.  The article's
too long for me to type in, but his closing words are:

"There aren't many cons when it comes to laptops, but if I had to
bring up one thing, I'd remind people that the main drag about these
machines is that they become obsolete very quickly.  When you drop
$1,800 on a Universal Audio 1176 compressor, you have a piece of
equipment that will be as functional and relevant in 20 years as it
was the day you bought it.  But you can spend $3,000 or more on a
top-of-the-line PowerBook and within two years it may not be able to
handle the latest programs or upgrades.  And there's always the risk
of a crash.  Luckily, my Mac has never crashed onstage, nor has it
ever broken down, but I do travel with a backup 12" PowerBook just in