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Best pro audio PC laptop? (Rain, ADK, PC Audio Labs, MusicXPC...)

Discussion in 'Computers / Software' started by keyz, May 5, 2011.

  1. keyz

    keyz Active Member


    I'm looking for the best professional ready-to-go audio workstation, a strong PC laptop... I'd like it to be ultra-compatible with music production/recording software, and audio interfaces... I'd like it to be powerful (core i5 or i7). I'd like it to be the most silent possible...

    I found these :
    - Rain : LiveBook - Mobile Audio Workstation | Rain Computers and Rain Thinkpad LiveBook | Rain Recording (UK & Europe)
    - ADK : http://www.adkproaudio.com
    - PC Audio Labs : PCAudioLabs
    - MusicXPC : MusicXPC Products
    - Studio Cat : http://www.studiocat.com/

    I don't really need firewire at the moment, I'd just like a laptop specific for music production. I'm fed up to have laptops that always have compatibility problems, or that don't allow to use the full power of the computer for music production...

    Do you have any advice? Did you try these laptops?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Without a doubt, PCAudioLabs is the real deal. I own 2 Rain and 1 ADK PC as well. I however, do not know anything about MusicXPC so if you choose them, let us know how things go?
  3. keyz

    keyz Active Member

    Thanks for your answer! This is a cool article that helped me, but I suppose you mostly talk about desktop computers? Did you have the chance to try/use different "pro audio" laptops?

    BTW, I just discovered a 2 new ones :
    - Sonica :
    - Studio Cat :

    Does someone know them?
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Yes, I have their new i5 laptop loaded with Win7 64 and 8 gig ram. It handled Sequoia 11 no problem. Sequoia is a beast of a DAW.
    I trusted this laptop for recording a very serious competition of choirs over the course of two days and it was perfect. If for a second I felt they weren't up to par I would remove that article.

    I just posted this in another thread because someone exclaimed no one builds a laptop with the new T1 chipset. Well PCAudioLabs does:

  5. keyz

    keyz Active Member

    Thanks for your answer! Did you try to use a sequencer like Cubase with lots of huge virtual instruments/effects on your PCAudioLabs laptop? And see how it was running, and how the fan/heat would react?

    Did you have the chance to test Rain and ADK laptops too?

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