Next week i will buy a laptop fully dedicated to recording projects at my house. What this post comes down to is i don't know what specs i need in a computer to run a program like cubase with 32 tracks and multiple midi tracks. besides the laptop what else will i need to buy. This is not anything professional and i dont need top of the line. i dont have the finances to spend outrageous. Right now i am looking at the tascam US-122 as i will mostly be tracking individually (vocal, acoustic, midi). (later i may get an 8 cahannel mixer for drums and mix them down and send them to one channel through the tascam). will the us-122 and a duo processor 1024 MB RAM laptop run well, and not give me any delay or gltiching when recording so many tracks? do i need more? should i get a external hardrive to store once i'm done with the songs or can i fit 100 songs on a 100 gig hard drive, with the cubase and multi track recording? basically i need to know what would be a good cost-efficient inital setup for me to record myself in my house. i still want it to sund good and need a good mixing program. i also want something similar to ampfarm so i can get any sound when i plug my guitar/midi keyboard into the tascam. if you've got this far please help me. i'm a beginner and am totally captivated. i have recorded with a tascam on my friends computer before and really enjoyed it. stayed in a room with it for about two days and had 1 damn good song. what do i need!?
things i'm looking at (is this good for a startup):
64 bit turion duo processor laptop w/ 1024 ram 80-100 gig hardrive
1 sm58 w/boomstand
Firewire stuff?? (need more info) is it faster, better than usb, pricier?
midi keyboard compatible with prgoram that will give me any sound (what program do i need for this? will cubase give me any sound i want for a midi keyboard?)
ampfarm style of program for all the guitar cabs (drop that name cause its what we used in the studio when i was with my band)
external hardrive (necessary at this point?)
this is as far as i can go. do i need more, if so what. please and thank you for your help.