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rickhebert
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Hello,

I own a FirePOD, (not the FP10) and am very satisfied with Presonus as it has served me well!!
I am intent on buying the StudioLive 16.4.2. with Capture. It looks like a marvelous technology and perfect for what I need.

My current setup is using Sonar Producer with a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop
Win XP Pro
1GB RAM
80GB HD
With a LaCie 500GB Firewire ExHD

My intent is to record live performances and rehearsals with the StudioLive and do editing on my workstation at home.

Will this laptop suffice for that scenario if I completely restore it and install only Capture?

Eventually I will want to get a better Laptop, but budget is an issue.

What might be a good solid, and affordable product and model?
I do not need superb graphics because this laptop would be mostly dedicated to recording.

Thanks

Monolithent
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There is information in a thread I started here in Presales. I'm hoping it will become a sticky.

Run some of the tools and check your system specs with the information there. It should let you know if your lappy can hang with the StudioLive.

Here's the link. http://forumsarchive.presonus.com/posts/list/3535.page
http://support.presonus.com

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rickhebert
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Hello Mono

Thanks for the reply
As a matter of fact, I had been browsing your posting!!, and others as well.

I d/l the ohciTool you recommended and will check the laptop sometime this weekend.

I was wondering if a MAC might be the way to go, I get told that a lot as far as recording things.
I just have so much already recorded on my PC with Sonar Producer. Though I don't imagine transferring wav's between them would not be a great issue.

Any thoughts on that?
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I'm actually looking for a mac myself. I've had good and bad with PC and recording. If you go with a company that deals exclusively with notebooks for recording you'll be fine. Some good names are Rain Recording and ADK. The cost is similar to an average MacBook Pro from what I recall.

If you do go the Mac route then transferring data from one to another shouldn't be terribly difficult. Wav files are accepted by every DAW I've ever seen. If they're already on a backup media like an external hard drive then you shold be able to just plug in and go. Granted I don't own a mac currently but I'm looking for one and I build PCs for recording if that tells you anything.
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Tallest guy in the Mod Squad with all his hair still on his head.

No I'm not a freaking pilot!! The Air Force won't let me have a suit with a zipper...or sometimes shoestrings.

My advice and suggestions should never be considered advice or suggestions. These are mostly insane ramblings of a poor aircraft mechanic who can, strangely enough, still hear.

StudioLive 16.4.2, AudioBox 1818VSL, AudioBox 44VSL, Faderport, Digimax FS,, M-Audio Firewire 410
--MultiBoot System--
Win Vista 64/XP Pro/7 x86/7 x64 - Mac OSX Snow Leopard/Lion
Gigabyte motherboard--SYBA TI Firewire XIO2200A--i7 2600k Quad Core--16 GB DDR III--Custom 2U Rackmount--4 TB Raid (all internal SATA II)--19" Samsung HDMI LCD on pivoting VESA 1U Mount
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rickhebert
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Granted I don't own a mac currently but I'm looking for one and I build PCs for recording if that tells you anything.


Actually it speaks volumes.
I was considering getting Protools. MAC is the only tool recommended for that. So I have been considering a MAC for quite some time.

Since I have been looking into SL 16.4.2, and Capture, I really don't feel Protools would be any great advantage since I initially was interested in Protools for reliability and easy of use.

I will look into which MAC models might fit the bill.

Thank you for your thoughts.
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Not a problem.

I'm actually considering one of the new mac-minis. Dual cores and plenty of memory to get the job done as long as you're not expecting it to act like a mac pro with 8 cores and a metric buttload of ram. It's well more than enough for my live needs. I can even run a few VST effects live to add to the pallet.

Also, if you're into ease of use, I think you'll like Studio One that comes with the SL16. Not as feature rich as ProTools but workflow goes very well and it doesn't require a dongle or specified (and on occasion very expensive) hardware. It is way simpler than Sonar. I gave up on Sonar for S1 and rarely look back unless I need something specific from it.
http://support.presonus.com

Tallest guy in the Mod Squad with all his hair still on his head.

No I'm not a freaking pilot!! The Air Force won't let me have a suit with a zipper...or sometimes shoestrings.

My advice and suggestions should never be considered advice or suggestions. These are mostly insane ramblings of a poor aircraft mechanic who can, strangely enough, still hear.

StudioLive 16.4.2, AudioBox 1818VSL, AudioBox 44VSL, Faderport, Digimax FS,, M-Audio Firewire 410
--MultiBoot System--
Win Vista 64/XP Pro/7 x86/7 x64 - Mac OSX Snow Leopard/Lion
Gigabyte motherboard--SYBA TI Firewire XIO2200A--i7 2600k Quad Core--16 GB DDR III--Custom 2U Rackmount--4 TB Raid (all internal SATA II)--19" Samsung HDMI LCD on pivoting VESA 1U Mount
Studio One v1 Pro x64
Studio One v1 Artist
Studio One v2 Artist
[Yahoo!]
 
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