DAW Laptop

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Eric Collyer, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Eric Collyer

    Eric Collyer Guest

    I am looking into purchasing a laptop to use to record audio (I will not be editing on this laptop, just recording). I am using Adobe Audition 3.0. Generally I will be recording 4 streams of audio (with a max bitrate of 96khz and 24 bits) but have the capibility of recording up to 8 channels at that quality. My main question, will the following laptop be able to record 4 channels (and up to 8 channels) of audio at that quality? Thanks in advance.

    Intel® Core™ i3-370M Dual Core 2.40GHz 3MB
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 32-bit, no media
    3.0GB, DDR3-1333 SDRAM, 2 DIMMS
    250GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Should do fine. You should get yourself an external hard drive. You should be able to do 16 tracks simultaneously at the least without issue.
  3. Eric Collyer

    Eric Collyer Guest

    Would the external hard drive be to transfer the recorded files, or do the actual recording?
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    For the actual recording. You don't want to record to your system drive. It's busy running your OS.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
    I would make sure my computer were 64bit OS Professional or Ultimate, even amount of ram (4gb DDR3), and I would go with i7 for the processor. 7200rpm on the hard drive is good but you will still want an external eSATA (preferred) or usb or firewire drive for an audio destination drive. I also use Audition3.01 with all updates and am more and more using Reaper for live tracking and then doing my session and wav editing within Audition.
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
    Oops. I'm late to the party.
  7. Fozz

    Fozz Active Member

    Williamsville, NY
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    Question: what is the laptop's brand and model?

    Question: what audio interface are you using?

    Question: did you have any problems configuring the hardware and software?
  8. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    More generally, is it a firewire interface? If so you need to make sure the laptop you choose uses the Texas Instruments firewire chipset, as other types often cause problems.
  9. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Kirkland WA
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    Currently there are no laptops in production (Mac or PC)that utilize the TI chipset. pretty much hit and miss with PC laptops.
    Best bet is to go USB2.

    Here is a thread from gearslutz, jschild is the owner of ADK computers (specialized computers for audio/video)check out what he has to say.
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  10. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

    BC, Canada
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  11. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member


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