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Agreed,

I have a preference for myself but I also have respect for both in their own right.
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Motoko wrote:Oh well, fanboys will be fanboys...


LOL! Yep.

Anyway, my 5 year old Toshiba Satellite works perfectly with my StudioLive. I just connected it and it just worked. No configuring or tweaking whatsoever.

My next laptop will definitely be another Satellite. This thing has been damn near bullet-proof.
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I still have toshiba laptop laying around, gotta get rid of it asap.

FW never worked, Audio CD sometimes doesn't want to play in the middle of the show.. And I only had it for about a year.

I still use Windows based PC in the studio. But for live Windows is too risky.

I'm not a fan of anything computers, but a lover of Music, I need tools that make my music work not create problems, no matter what it is. for me mac work perfectly and windows-toshiba was a disaster, so i use an old 2006 macbook pro which is about 4 years older than my toshiba..

I know there are people that don't have much to do and they will either praise mac or pc, unfortunately some of them are musicians or sound guys. But, if tomorrow there will be some computer that integrates with audio gear and music better than current macs or windows, i might go with that..

I wanted once to go to Atari for tight midi, because on windows 7, midi out is corrupt, but I abonded external midi gear and use plugins.

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Had extremely well performing Toshiba as well...
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Motoko wrote:Had extremely well performing Toshiba as well...

well, good for you, if it worked it worked. Unfortunately mine didn't, maybe different model, so i had to spend money on the mac book pro..

If it worked "extremely well", why did you get rid of it?
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Upgraded to a core i7. The Toshiba was a Core2Duo.
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I just priced a latest MBP i7 and I could get the same hardware (without Thunderbolt) for just over a THIRD of the price! That is a HUGE difference! I would like to have the Thunderbolt port but not for 3 times the price. I looked at the Air's but I wanted the 15" screen. I'm willing to do some tweeking to save so much.
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Try the 13" with an external screen. I use a Toshiba 32" lcd in the studio. Also, theres no need for the i7. Im still using the core duo in the studio and it rocks.
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ts-12 wrote:I still use Windows based PC in the studio. But for live Windows is too risky.


Sorry you feel that way, but Windows is just fine for live for me. What can I say? My pcs work just fine, in the studio and live.
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Yeah... my PC has never let me down at a gig. One thing to be careful of though, is that Capture didn't like writing to the same drive the program is on. Now I have one drive set up just for recording, S1 and Capture.

The only thing I don't like is the size. I could sure do without the 17" screen.
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RDUB wrote:Yeah... my PC has never let me down at a gig. One thing to be careful of though, is that Capture didn't like writing to the same drive the program is on. Now I have one drive set up just for recording, S1 and Capture.

The only thing I don't like is the size. I could sure do without the 17" screen.


here on old 2006 mac book pro, I use itunes to playback backing tracks for singers/musicians and at the same time record all channels from SL into capture
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so would a duo core 2.0 ghz and 4 gig ram be enough to run capture?!?

shame really cause i got an amd 2.3 ghz laptop with 4 gigs of ram but it doesnt have firewire card or even a slot port :*(
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chicouk wrote:so would a duo core 2.0 ghz and 4 gig ram be enough to run capture?!?


Heck, I was running Capture just fine on a 3 GHz Pentium 4 with 2 GB RAM.


shame really cause i got an amd 2.3 ghz laptop with 4 gigs of ram but it doesnt have firewire card or even a slot port :*(


That's indeed a problem. I have a netbook without a Firewire port or expansion card slot. It's one of the oft-maligned Toshibas. I've been playing with the Focusrite Scarlett series interfaces in hopes that I can use one with the little bitty Toshiba, but success has been mixed, that is, some times it will work fine and other times it's Rice Krispies, both under similar conditions. To me, that's not usable. It could just be underpowered for the task, but neither the Windows performance meter nor Reaper's own load meter shows that it's doing much more work than barely lifting a finger.

This would be a good project for someone who knows how to optimize a computer (for starters, get rid of all the DPC latency spikes), but I don't believe there's anyone who actually knows enough to do any more than just turn things off, see if it improves the situation, and if it does, find out what doesn't work with whatever it is turned off. Life's too short for that.



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MikeRivers wrote:
chicouk wrote:so would a duo core 2.0 ghz and 4 gig ram be enough to run capture?!?


Heck, I was running Capture just fine on a 3 GHz Pentium 4 with 2 GB RAM.



wow really!!! but have you tried recording more than 16 channels live
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mine is core duo, just 2gb ram, I think it is more than enough, since it handles playback and multitrack recording at the same time!

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win7 x64: i7-920 p6t daw, 8gb ram,

KRK VXT 6, YAMAHA NS-10M Studio

StudioLive 16.4.2
(also: A & H 16:2, Mackie VLZ pro 1602, Soundcraft Spirit 24ch and 32ch)

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Sennheiser e838's
Shure sm58's
Shure SLX beta 87a
Shure 87a
Shure SM7b
Sony utx-b2
Rode nt1-a

RAMSA mains and subs
JBL JRX series
Crown, Carvin, Mackie, amps




 
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