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Re: OT Laptop recommendation needed

Finding a laptop with an Express Card is getting difficult these days too. 
On the Mac side only the 17" macbook pro has an Express Card

On Mar 1, 2012, at 2:59 PM, "Dean, Hal" <HDean@wcupa.edu> wrote:

> Just a quick word about laptops and firewire - the range of laptops (or 
> desktops for that matter) that have integrated firewire, out of the box, 
> was small and getting smaller, as of my research about 6 mos. ago.
> I am a little leery of firewire by card but maybe that isn't merited by 
> the facts.
> Hal Dean
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Per Boysen [mailto:perboysen@gmail.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:11 PM
> To: Loopers-Delight
> Subject: Re: OT Laptop recommendation needed
> I assume he wants to record at least eight inputs simultaneously?
> That's something any modern computer would manage, given the audio 
> interface offers so many inputs. I never need to record that many 
> simultaneous inputs but I spend some time around in studios and a lot of 
> them use the RME Fireface 800 and tell me they love it.
> Regarding operative system it seems Windows 7 may bring back Microsoft 
> into the game again. Windows XP was good for audio but with Vista many 
> users complain with less stable audio functionality.
> Myself I use only Apple pc's these days. Back when I used to run Windows 
> on my live concert laptops - because Mobius wasn't available on Mac OS - 
> I still kept an Apple box for studio recordings. I have two reasons for 
> that choice. One is that it that it is such a standardized platform, 
> with the same company developing the OS and manufacturing the hardware, 
> so you can always find an Apple certified repair service that can fix 
> issues right away. I mean, the inside of a Mac always corresponds to the 
> specifications regarding the model. My other reason is that I produce a 
> lot of recordings where I kind of compose as part of the production 
> process and for this I haven't found a better software than Logic, and 
> Logic does only run under Apple's OS. But if your friend is thinking 
> about using Cubase I guess my advice isn't totally relevant.
> Regarding the question about USB and Firewire we have talked about this 
> a lot on this list in the past. Firewire is better in the way that it is 
> reliable all the way up to the very last bit of capacity.
> USB may get flickery with increasing traffic. But with a moderate data 
> traffic USB does just fine. I use both here and have not yet run into 
> the dangerous zone of USB. For recording of eight and more simultaneous 
> inputs Firewire is recommendable. It's also good to record to an 
> external drive.
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.perboysen.com
> http://www.youtube.com/perboysen
> On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM, Stephen Goodman 
> <spgoodman@earthlight.net> wrote:
>> I’m following this one as well, since I’ll be shopping up a laptop to 
>> combine with The Rack Unit when I get back to the US.
>> From: Michael Peters
>> Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2012 5:06 PM
>> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>> Subject: OT Laptop recommendation needed
>> I need a recommendation (for a friend) for a laptop/soundcard 
>> combination that can run Cubase and easily record 8 concurrent tracks. 
>> That friend of mine (livelooping guitarist Michael Frank, some of you 
>> might know him) needs to buy a laptop for music lessons and recording 
>> at school (he is a music
>> teacher) and wonders what he should get. He has a budget of 2500 Euros 
>> which is plenty I think, but what should he buy (laptop hardware, 
>> sound card, software)?
>> He is familiar with Windows and because Windows is generally cheaper 
>> than Macs, we thought a Windows laptop (Windows7 64bit) is the way to 
>> go, but if there is good reason to buy a Mac, maybe he would consider 
>> that too.
>> The laptop/soundcard should be able to easily record at least 8 tracks 
>> concurrently. Which soundcard is best suited (somebody suggested a 
>> Focusrite
>> 8 channel card)? Is that something all current laptops can do, 
>> speed-wise, or does it already require a very fast harddisk? USB or 
>> Firewire?
>> The package would also include a version of Cubase (which one?), a DVD 
>> burner, and a beamer.
>> thanks bunches -Michael