Can I edit/manipulate the sound on a lame laptop?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by alaktopy, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. alaktopy

    alaktopy Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    I use Sony Sound Forge on Windows 7 to do the editing work after recording on a Sony PCM-D50 portable recorder.

    I'm wondering if these kinds of sound manipulating softwares use internal arithmetic to edit .wav files? Does it make any differences whether I do this editing work in a studio with a professional sound card or just do it on my lame laptop with a terrible sound card?

    It's my understanding that it doesn't matter if you edit a .txt file on a Mac Pro or on sucky computers. Is it the same to .wav files?
  2. TimOBrien

    TimOBrien Active Member

    Jan 19, 2003
    I'm using a NETBOOK as a travel/vacation daw (and started out on a 400mhz P2 desktop - far slower than whatever you define as a 'lame laptop' - you didnt specify.)

    The problem with using an onboard soundcard with 40cents worth of parts and a 2" speaker is that any DECISIONS you make are going to suck. Plug a $50-and-up usb soundcard in it and a set of monitors and, yes, you can edit just fine on anything. Internal arithmetic is the same on any computer; 1s and 0's are still 1's and 0's.

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