[PD] Laptop + interface suggestion

Baptiste Chatel baptiste.chatel at gmail.com
Thu Mar 23 21:18:33 CET 2017

I bought a MOTU Ultralite AVB with my Asus n550jv with a double boot W10/ubuntu. The ultralite avb is awesome. USB2, Class-compliant, adat i/o, internal mixer, EQ, gates, compressors, aux, routing, presets everywhere. Audio over IP if you're keen to in motu's avb stuff and/or newer macs. Oh, and the whole interface is osc-controllable. I love it.

Le 23 mars 2017 17:45:20 GMT+01:00, Dan Wilcox <danomatika at gmail.com> a écrit :
>If I were in your situation, I’d stick with a Thinkpad. They are
>expensive, but IMHO worth the price as they are rugged, reliable, and
>repairable. In general, Linux distress run well on their hardware.
>Another good option is a Panasonic Toughbook which are admittedly
>bulkier and expensive but you can get one with a built-in handle so you
>look like you work for the CIA/NSA and use it as a blunt-force
>protection device (I’m sure Katja knows).
>Examples of both can be found used with decent prices (US vendor, but
>gives you an idea of institutional refurbished market):
>* Newegg refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad
>* Newegg refurbished Panasonic Toughbook
>As for audio interfaces, I agree with those that say stick with a
>USB-compliant device. I am still using aRoland UA-25 which is from
>mid-2000s and is USB 1.0 compliant. It works full stereo duplex with
>everything, included iOS, without drivers etc. In fact, I bought a
>UA-25ex used for $100 as a backup a coulee years ago.
>Fancy stuff like MOTUs are really *nice* but far too reliant on
>proprietary drivers. I believe USB 2.0 should have enough bandwidth for
>8 channel output. Unlike Firewire, we can be pretty sure USB will be
>supported for the foreseeable future, albeit through probably 10
>different dongles/adapters. Plus, you’ll know if you want to work with
>other Ohs in the future, the device will probably keep working.
>> On Mar 23, 2017, at 2:24 AM, pd-list-request at lists.iem.at wrote:
>> From: João Pais <jmmmpais at gmail.com <mailto:jmmmpais at gmail.com>>
>> Subject: [PD] Laptop + interface suggestion
>> Date: March 23, 2017 at 1:51:36 AM MDT
>> To: pd-list at mail.iem.at <mailto:pd-list at mail.iem.at>
>> Dear list,
>> I'm looking to buy new laptop and a matching audio interface for
>daily use + audio performance/programming (not video). I would be
>interested to know what are the current trends nowadays, and what
>experiences you have.
>> My current setup is:
>> - windows 10 (won't change)
>> - Lenovo X61s (I'm a bit of a fanboy for ibm/lenovo)
>> - RME multiface (still with pcmcia card)
>> I would be looking for a similar setup:
>> - a robust laptop where to run w10. The less weight the better, even
>if it sacrifices some performance.
>> - which audio interfaces are used nowadays, compared with the
>multiface? E.g. with at least 8 analog outlets (I don't need that many
>inlets), and also a digital outlet. Also the less weight and size the
>better - a half-case size such as the multiface is quite convenient.
>> - the computer will be used for day-to-day activities: office,
>notation (sibelius/finale), and Pd audio programming. No games or too
>taxing environments, so some features such as a high-power graphics
>card or the latest ssd disk should be necessary.
>> Best regards,
>> Joao
>Dan Wilcox
>@danomatika <http://twitter.com/danomatika>
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