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I just bought a toshiba laptop and I'm using it for recording. My question is that I currently have my monitors about 6-8 inches away from my laptop. The reason for this is simply space on my desk. I know that around a pc monitor its bad, and more than likely the hardware in my comp. But will it react differnt to lCD screens. Should I not continue with what I'm doing?

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RemyRAD Fri, 03/30/2007 - 01:42

Your results will vary depending on the computer and computer monitor. I've had some LCD monitors cause terrible interference with some of my other video monitors. And I've had good results, overall with most laptops. But because computers utilize high-speed clocks, they are prone to cause interference in other pieces of audio equipment. The advantage of a laptop is that the display does not have a long cord on it that can cause spurious radiation and interference. Clock noise from a computer is a nasty screechy sounding thing in the background. It's really pretty awful sounding. You'll know it when you hear it.

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anonymous Sat, 03/31/2007 - 22:24

Sorry I should have clarified more, my main concern here is damage to my laptop. I think im returning it anyhow. Vista is nothing but a turnoff, a larege turnoff. There is no reason to need 600 mb of ram to just run windows. I think im going to have to face the learning curve of learning a new DAW and switch to mac :(

anonymous Wed, 04/04/2007 - 17:03

I took back that toshiba but and i now have a mac and i have to say it runs pretty much flawless. However, in changing systems i can no longer use sonar. Ive been trying to find out about other daw's for mac and so far i havnt found any that compare to it. I Downloaded some hacked version of logic to see how it is. I would not pay any money for that prgram. I havnt actually used it much but im now kind of worried if i can find another good daw. Anyone know where i can find trials of any other good daws? Don't bother suggesting garage band.

anonymous Fri, 04/13/2007 - 23:39

Im not to fond of having to buy xp to run sonar, although its tempting. I'm trying out logic right now and it's more than likely me, but I can not adjust. Simple tasks are now the biggest burden, Ive tried installing cubase le that came with my firepod but for some reason I can't install it. What are some good DAW's for mac. I'm itching to record and Logic and garageband are killing me.

hueseph Fri, 04/13/2007 - 23:56

Cubase LE won't run on an Intel Mac. You'll need to purchase Cubase 4 or Cubase Studio 4. There are also Protools, Digital Performer and Bias has a Multitrack program as well. Of course ProTools requires Digi Hardware. I would look to Cubase Studio 4.

Or you could learn to live with garageband which really is easy to use and works perfectly fine for most people and wait for Tracktion 3($150-200) which may or may not come out soon. Tracktion 2 runs on Intel Mac but through Rosetta.

I believe that Cubase SE will run on an Intel Mac but don't quote me on that. Check with Steinberg. Even if it does work, it will be running under Rosetta.