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    best laptop/soundcard for live performance of piano vsts....?

    hi just wondering what would be the best laptop/ soundcard combination for live performance of sampled pianos, keyboards, synths etc. i used to use a small form desktop with a steinberg vsl 2020 which has practically no latency (.73 milliseconds). but it is too bulky to drag around for gigs. any ideas? also which programs might i need to play the vsts if they dont work standalone? thanks in advance..

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    Re: best laptop/soundcard for live performance of piano vsts....?

    hello? anyone here?

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    Hi mathew

    Although I don't have experience of using a laptop with VSTi Pianos, the only problem I see is, laptops usually have 5400rpm hard drives, unless you have a specialist music Laptop, where you can specify a 7200 rpm drive

    regards

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    very happy with echo's pcmia card - wish I got the IO version - spend the extra - never know when you will want to record with the laptop remotely. would second the vote for throwing a 7200 rpm hd hundred in there

    scott.

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    Re: best laptop/soundcard for live performance of piano vsts....?

    cool thanks guys. any programs that work the best for live performance with vsts? i appreciate your help

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    Re: best laptop/soundcard for live performance of piano vsts....?

    I agree with sgarrson, the echo pcmcia card is great, it's called the 'indigo'. Good ASIO latency and dual independent outputs if you get the 'Indigo DJ' card, not the 'IO' one, depends what you need.

    I haven't tested it on a gig, but I did at home. My card ran a standalone instance of the Steinway B from my EWQL Silver edition (pretty good piano IMO) on one output, and the NI B4 (standalone too) on the other output. It seemed pretty solid, although I didn't run it for 4 hours. This all with a 5400 rpm drive and 768mb RAM. So it seems to be doable.

    Unfortunately, new laptops don't have a pcmcia slot any longer, but I hear there's an adapter. Don't know how well it works...

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    Re: best laptop/soundcard for live performance of piano vsts....?

    thanks for your advice about indigo.

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    Re: best laptop/soundcard for live performance of piano vsts....?

    Hi, I am using an MusicXPC laptop computer. You can see them here

    http://www.musicxpc.com/m6x.asp

    Mine is slightly older with core2 duo 2 Ghz., 2 Gb. Ram, and I am using the Focusrite Sapphire firewire Audio Interface. It can definitely handle any piano VST, and they come all set to run audio/sequencer programs and up to 200 tracks. Check them out. John

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    thanks John the computer and the saffire look great.

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