Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

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Glyn Darby
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137 posts since 22 Apr, 2008 from Waltham-st-Lawrence.

Post Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:01 am

HI all,
my main music room is less accessible due to family reasons, so I would like to buy a laptop (Windows 10) to Run Live 10 and my VST instruments etc. and use it via listening to headphones Apart from buying a suitable laptop and a small midi keyboard would I need to buy a soundcard for latency etc. as I am using headphones.

Many thanks,
Glyn.

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Distorted Horizon
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1905 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:42 am

Quadcore i7 and minimum 8gb of ram laptop..
Can't say much for keyboard since I'm hunting one by myself too :D
If you only use headphones, you don't need soundcard, latest asio4all drivers are enough.
If you still want a soundcard, steinberg ur22 is good and compact.

Glyn Darby
KVRist
137 posts since 22 Apr, 2008 from Waltham-st-Lawrence.

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:46 am

Distorted Horizon wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:42 am
Quadcore i7 and minimum 8gb of ram laptop..
Can't say much for keyboard since I'm hunting one by myself too :D
If you only use headphones, you don't need soundcard, latest asio4all drivers are enough.
If you still want a soundcard, steinberg ur22 is good and compact.
Hi mate,

thanks for that info, time to start hunting.

Cheers,
Glyn.

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jancivil
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18212 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from No Location

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:58 am

get an nvme PCIe SSD any way you look at it

metamorphosis
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3803 posts since 8 Jan, 2005 from Hamilton, New Zealand

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:04 pm

Standard SSD is also fine. You probably won't notice the difference between the interfaces.

Passing Bye
KVRian
633 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:23 pm

Native Instruments released Komplete Audio 1&2, think for your needs Komplete Audio 1 will be enough, not RME standard of USB drivers, but just bellow it and good enough for the price-quality ratio.

If you need small MIDI keyboard for Ableton Live, Novation SL 25 MkII is your best bet.

Glyn Darby
KVRist
137 posts since 22 Apr, 2008 from Waltham-st-Lawrence.

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:32 am

jancivil wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:58 am
get an nvme PCIe SSD any way you look at it
Thanks,
Cheers,
Glyn.

Glyn Darby
KVRist
137 posts since 22 Apr, 2008 from Waltham-st-Lawrence.

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:32 am

metamorphosis wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:04 pm
Standard SSD is also fine. You probably won't notice the difference between the interfaces.
Thanks,
Cheers,
Glyn.

Glyn Darby
KVRist
137 posts since 22 Apr, 2008 from Waltham-st-Lawrence.

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:32 am

Passing Bye wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:23 pm
Native Instruments released Komplete Audio 1&2, think for your needs Komplete Audio 1 will be enough, not RME standard of USB drivers, but just bellow it and good enough for the price-quality ratio.

If you need small MIDI keyboard for Ableton Live, Novation SL 25 MkII is your best bet.
Thanks,
Cheers,
Glyn.

chk071
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19825 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:39 am

Passing Bye wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:23 pm
If you need small MIDI keyboard for Ableton Live, Novation SL 25 MkII is your best bet.
Or... if you need something even smaller, with nice mini keys, i can recommend the Arturia MiniLab mk2. Works great for me.

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jancivil
KVRAF
18212 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from No Location

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:45 am

Glyn Darby wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:32 am
metamorphosis wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:04 pm
Standard SSD is also fine. You probably won't notice the difference between the interfaces.
Thanks,
Cheers,
Glyn.
I mentioned it as I noticed a huge difference.

kev2525
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347 posts since 7 Apr, 2010

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:56 am

I have has tremendous trouble with DPC latency on my Dell laptop with nvidia drivers. If you Google you'll probably find many similar complaints. It's avoid anything with nvidia drivers if possible.
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Glyn Darby
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137 posts since 22 Apr, 2008 from Waltham-st-Lawrence.

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:17 am

jancivil wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:45 am
Glyn Darby wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:32 am
metamorphosis wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:04 pm
Standard SSD is also fine. You probably won't notice the difference between the interfaces.
Thanks,
Cheers,
Glyn.
I mentioned it as I noticed a huge difference.
Thanks jancivil,
I will check out any performance differences with a fine tooth comb.

Cheers,
Glyn.

Glyn Darby
KVRist
137 posts since 22 Apr, 2008 from Waltham-st-Lawrence.

Re: Laptop DAW+ VST`s, whats needed.

Post Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:18 am

kev2525 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:56 am
I have has tremendous trouble with DPC latency on my Dell laptop with nvidia drivers. If you Google you'll probably find many similar complaints. It's avoid anything with nvidia drivers if possible.
Hi Kev2525,
Thanks for the heads up on that one, duly noted.

Cheers,
Glyn.

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