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Re: In the market for a new laptop

It really completely depends on your needs.  I'm personally both a Mac and PC person, and depending on what you need, a 13" MBP isn't going to cost significantly more than a nice comparable PC.  But really it comes down to what software you're going to want to run.

That's an especially important point I think to look at - for example, if you're going to be using Cubase, it seems to be generally accepted that Cubase performs better in Windows for the time being.  Ableton is more of a toss-up, and of course if you want to use Logic, Main Stage, etc. then a Mac is your only option.


On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM, Andrrew Owens <rootpile@icloud.com> wrote:
So is the lack of much suggestions of Apple laptops due to cost or other issues? If someone just wanted to build a platform to replicate pretty what the Looperlative LP1 does, and if I had Steinberg A/D converters, and money were not particularly an issue, would the Apple be your suggestion?

Andy not Butler

On May 6, 2013, at 11:23 AM, Justin Higgins <zadillo@gmail.com> wrote:

You might want to look at ThinkPads and IdeaPads from Lenovo as well - they seem to generally be well regarded (I've seen this discussion come up a lot on the GearSlutz music computers, where they're definitely most concerned with issues of latency/etc. for running their DAWs).

Probably one of the biggest things you need to identify is exactly what you'll be doing, and how much CPU and memory that's going to take - it should give you a better baseline over what you'll need.

On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM, Art Simon <simart@gmail.com> wrote:
It's tough to say what the minimum specs are, it depends how much you want to do. You can loop with a netbook. In terms of optimum specs, I'd look for a quad core i7 processor and 4Gb of Ram.

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:
In general what are the minimum specs I should go for if I plan on doing a lot of live looping with vst instruments and possibly live audio looping?

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM, Art Simon <simart@gmail.com> wrote:
Hey Kay'lon,

I'd stick go with a bigger processor (and bigger size) over a thin and light laptop for music, but even the ultrabooks are pretty good these days. I'd concur with those who say to avoid Sony, and I'd add HP and Gateway to that list of manufacturers who stop supporting older products. 

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:

What about ultrabooks? I want something thin and light. Are they good enough? Say like an i5 1.8 ghz with 8gb ram. Would that handle well with vst patches and stuff?

On May 4, 2013 4:22 PM, "Mark Hamburg" <mark@grubmah.com> wrote:
I also recommend staying away from Sony's. In my experience, Sony's support from the standpoint of drivers, etc stops soon after they ship the machine.


On May 3, 2013, at 7:04 PM, Stephen Goodman wrote:

I’d stay away from the Sonys.  They tend to have a lot of special stuff that’s Sony-only.  Acer makes a reliable machine!

Art Simon

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Art Simon