[PD] Laptop + interface suggestion

Jaime Oliver La Rosa jaime.oliver2 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 25 01:34:59 CET 2017

So you're saying the MOTU Ultralite AVB is fully supported in Linux?


On 03/23/2017 03:57 PM, Baptiste Chatel wrote:
> Oh, did i say the interface was a web gui ? OS-agnostic ?
> Le 23 mars 2017 21:18:33 GMT+01:00, Baptiste Chatel 
> <baptiste.chatel at gmail.com> a écrit :
>     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
>         <https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=lenovo%20thinkpad&Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=50010418%204016>
>         * Newegg refurbished Panasonic Toughbook
>         <https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=panasonic+toughbook&N=4016&isNodeId=1>
>         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
>>         <mailto: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>
>         danomatika.com <http://danomatika.com>
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