[PD] Laptop + interface suggestion

Julian Brooks jbeezez at gmail.com
Fri Mar 31 00:49:13 CEST 2017

Hi Joao,

Bit late in on this one but hope you don't mind a delayed response.

I recently gave up my x61s, been fixing-up the main one with 2 spares for
last couple of years but thought 'it's time'.

Bought a 2nd-hand x230 i5 with ips screen, stuffed it with 16gb ram and an
ssd - it's great (the dreaded mid-gig reboot takes about 5s).

Also bought a Startek expresscard to cardbus adaptor so still making use of
the RME mk1 Multiface.
The adaptor and rme pcmcia card (always the soundcards weak link) sticks
out of the side a lot, but my mobile phone (in its case) fits neatly
underneath and supports them fine.



On 25 March 2017 at 18:37, baptiste chatel <baptiste.chatel at gmail.com>

> 99% supported. The 1% left is that with linux, afaik, you can't access the
> web gui without using an ethernet cable, which is not the case with windows
> (the usb cable is enough). So if you can live with plugging 2 cables
> instead of one, it's ok. I didin't investigated further to see if there is
> a workaround.
> 2017-03-25 1:34 GMT+01:00 Jaime Oliver La Rosa <jaime.oliver2 at gmail.com>:
>> So you're saying the MOTU Ultralite AVB is fully supported in Linux?
>> J
>> 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> <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>
>>> <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 wrote:
>>>> *From: *João Pais <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
>>>> 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
>>>> robotcowboy.com
>> _______________________________________________Pd-list at lists.iem.at mailing list
>> UNSUBSCRIBE and account-management -> https://lists.puredata.info/listinfo/pd-list
>> _______________________________________________
>> Pd-list at lists.iem.at mailing list
>> UNSUBSCRIBE and account-management -> https://lists.puredata.info/li
>> stinfo/pd-list
> _______________________________________________
> Pd-list at lists.iem.at mailing list
> UNSUBSCRIBE and account-management -> https://lists.puredata.info/
> listinfo/pd-list
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.puredata.info/pipermail/pd-list/attachments/20170330/481914a0/attachment-0001.html>

More information about the Pd-list mailing list