maudioradium wrote:I might look into either getting a separate PC and put either OSX or linux on it, then see how it performs with software vsts. Then use the keyboard I'm intending to purchase today as a midi keyboard. I might also try out osx86 hackintosh on my i5 laptop and see how it reliable it is, compared to my bad experiences with vst's on windows.
of course, this is alongside using the keyboard as it is and outputting my ableton live to it.
My neighbor--a true Mac fanboy if there ever was one--built a Hackintosh to use as a media server. I helped a bit, but only long enough to find out that he was going through all the trouble of using "PC" parts and a cracked Mac OS because he hated Windows that much. It's been six months now, and he's trying to sell it. I don't know if he had problems keeping it running with the limited software he could find that would run on a "Hackintosh", or what. But as a DAW, you might want to look into that.
Also, Linux looks interesting, but if you really look at your DAW and VST choices for it, many are still in the beta
stage, and they don't do quite as much as their PC or OSX counterparts. I've built Linux machines to use as Windows replacements, and they're great for desktop office use. But as a DAW, you're going to be quite limited in your DAW, soundcard/MIDI driver and VST options.