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AW: Laptop help
Adding the proverbial two cents here:
[ I would go for an audio interface that is firewire (make sure your
laptop as firewire too) and also MIDI on the same breakout box (check out
presonus, motu, m-audio, RME, etc...or just search on audio recording
interfaces until you find something that has those features).]
Another thing someone mentioned to me recently is that PCMCIA will be a
thing of the past soon - so if for some reason you absolutely want a
solution with its own interface card (RME cardbus, E-Mu etc.), it might
sense to wait for a PCIExpress solution as otherwise you would run into the
problem that soon you won't be able to get a laptop which accepts the
[ Whether you go mac or pc, make sure you get one with the Intel duo
core in it...I'd go for 2GHz and 1gig of RAM at least.]
And make sure to use software which supports multiple cores, as e.g.
Live does, or otherwise be sure to configure it in a way that the
application runs on one core, the audio interface's drivers on another.
If you want to do something else than just running a standalone looping
getting 2GB of RAM (or more) might also make sense.
And targeted towars the original message:
[ I mean, what CPU, how much memory, what audio/MIDI
do I need to achieve acceptable latency to loop?]
If you only use a standalone looping application, latency won't be that
of a problem as the looper can compensate for the latency (at least Mobius