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Re: why a laptop at all?

OK, I'll take your word for the cool sequencer stuff, but it seems to me 
you're really not saving yourself any schelping with the laptop, as it's 
not that much smaller (if at all) than a hardware sequencer,and with the 
fact that you're using other sound sources, means even more gear.  I 
guess my point was kind of me asking if the laptop could replace the 
long list of gear you listed.  (similar to what I haul around) but if 
you love your sequencer software that's enough of a reason, of course.

Mark Sottilaro

On Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 05:21 PM, erwill@suitandtieguy.com wrote:

> used Apple Powerbook G3: $800 (in june of last year, it's cheaper now)
> used MIDI interface: $250 (MIDI Express XT; i could get by with less 
> though)
> Numerology MIDI sequencer: $50 (well, it was comped to me: i was alpha 
> testing)
> Akai s2800 for drums with Zip drive: $150 (worth $200; i'd get an S5000 
> instead)
> Novation Bass Station: $200 (estimated post-trade cost)
> Korg MS2000: $490
> grand total: $1940
> total for laptop rig: $1100
> if you're going to do just midi (i'm all about the MIDI) then you don't 
> need
> the Aluminum 17" Gigahz Badboy.
> i realise that some may scoff at using a laptop for just midi, but keep 
> in mind
> that there are plenty of people that pay alot of money for hardware 
> sequencers
> that don't allow you to sum pitch sequences and skip steps.
> also, saving money on the laptop makes room for buying an EDP, Repeater 
> (watch
> out for that P/S though), or a big pile of RDS units. :)
> the coolest thing to do is to take all thost old-ass digital processors 
> you can
> buy on Ebay for 50-150 bucks (TSRs, LXPs, Studio 400s and whatnot) that 
> have CC
> control of their effects and sequence them. here's an example (though 
> this
> isn't as wild as i would like to point out):
> http://www.suitandtieguy.com/sounds/stutter.mp3
> so by buying a cheap laptop and cheap old effects you can get really 
> crazy
> sounds. i have all the knobs on my Electrix gear labelled with Brother 
> P-Touch
> labels as to what CC# they are. all my gear also has a little label of 
> what
> port and channel it's on as well.
> if you have analogue synthesisers, you could buy a bigger MIDI-CV 
> converter
> than you need and use the extra gate/cv outs to control even CHEAPER 
> effects.
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