I need some major help in developing my studio. I am in need of adding another processing source, and at the same time need would like a mobile solution. I have decided that a laptop with my pc will work well.
1. Does anyone here have any recommendations of how to set up this rig?
2. Can I use an iMac g4 with a pc?
3. Does anyone have a laptop for sale [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
4. Where is a good place to buy laptops cheaply?
Laptops work great as either host for sequencer, and can also handle DSP and sampling/multi-tracked recording.
I use a Powerbook G4 1.25 ghz - Works great as a mobile sketchpad!! Of course, i stream samples from a firewire drive .... i would not suggest a iBook -- as it has less USB ports, no PCMCIA slot, no firewire800 (powerbook has both 400 and 800) - although, alot of people do use iBooks successfully -- so it is certainly a viable option.
Also, i might add -- the ultra-convenience of having a studio in a backpack is too cool! Add an M-audio Ozone and you have a 2 octave midi controller, 1port interface and a 2 I/O 24/96 audio card with preamp.
Also -- you can get a little more juice out of a PC -- but clock speed isn\'t everything ;-) Of course -- you can mix/match Mac and PCs (with proper hardware).
I don\'t understand \'cheaply\' ?? Ya get what ya pay for mate!! With laptops i\'d CERTAINLY make sure you also have a warranty (.e.g. - dont buy used) -- for \'in-expensive\' macs check www.smalldog.com or the AppleStore for refurbished or back-stock items.