laptop for 002

Discussion in 'Computing' started by shazee, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. shazee

    shazee Guest

    i wanna get a laptop as a desktop replacement to run protools 002 rack. any suggestions? i dont really know laptops that well... :?
    please help...
  2. theholotrope

    theholotrope Guest

    I use a mac G4, 1Ghz and 1024mb ram with the 002 rack and have no problem with it at all. Except of course processing power. Id rather have a G5 dual processor holding up all the plugs I want to use. Still, it gives me enough to work with to get a good, elaborate song going.

  3. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    go for the 1.5GHz powerbook 15 inch with 2 gigs of ram and an external HD

    i think the 17 inch is too big for the road

    but beware!! in about ten seconds this place will be crawling with PC guys telling you to buy such a "thing"

    but none of them will tell you that digidesign's thing in general doesn't work that great with PC's...
  4. shazee

    shazee Guest

    hey guys, mac powerbooks arent that affordable here in malaysia. i was thinking of pc laptops. i love macs, but simply cant afford it :oops:
  5. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I'm looking into Laptops for portable recording as well (not with PT - I'll be using Nuendo 2.0 and RME's FireFace and AID-8 Pro).

    I have heard that HP's and Compaq's are not recommended for pro-audio use.

    I'm looking at the Toshiba P30 and A75, along with the Dell Inspiron 5160. I am still doing my research, but I plan on spending close to $2000 for what I want (2.8GHz P4 Mobile minimum, and 1Gig RAM). Sony's Vaio is another good one (I think ;) )

    Anyone else have some good suggestions for audio use?

  6. shazee

    shazee Guest

    man, toshibas are cool. thanks so much. dells are actually fine too. man, there's just so many choices. better keep on researching.
  7. Duardo

    Duardo Guest

    If you're looking for a laptop specifically for the Digi 002 Rack, you should look at Digidesign's compatibility requirements here. They recommend specifically the Dell Inspiron 8500 and 600m, the Gateway 400 series, the Toshiba Satellite 1900 series and the IBM A and T series, along with some more general compatibility guidelines.

  8. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    From my experience, the after sales service on a laptop should be a very high priority. I bought a Dell Latitude as it came with a three-year onsite guarantee. They had to replace the motherboard as it couldn't recognise the bluetooth card (not that I've ever used it much). My point though, is that there was practically no downtime. At least with desktop you can mess around with it when things go wrong.

    BTW I use Sonar and Project5. Next purchase is Melodyne. I know laptop hard disks are slower (mine is a lowly 4500 rpm), but I've run 24 channels at 96kHz/24-bit without a problem. Don't know if things will be the same with your Digi 002 system though.

    John Stafford
  9. shazee

    shazee Guest

    man, i think i should get a desktop. it's much cheaper. but which i shall i go for, AMD or P4?? :? pls keep in mind, i wanna get the 002 rack next year. hehehe. thanks fellas!
  10. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    While the advantages of a laptop are obvious, if you've got lots of other gear to drag around with it, your whole setup is going to be cumbersome anyway, so adding a desktop to your rig might not be so much of a disadvantage as it seems, especially if you are already carrying lots of heavy preamps, mics, and stands.

    I don't know whether you should go with AMD or Intel, but you should be very careful that the various other bits of your computer are known to work well with your outboard gear -as Duardo has pointed out. These issues can be an endless source of frustration, but at least with a desktop you can rip bits out and replace them at minimal cost.

    John Stafford
  11. shazee

    shazee Guest

    thanks man. now i got another question. i'm trying out my friend's cubase v1.06 on my emac. it's cool and stuff, but when i try and use processors/eqs on osme of the tracks, i get lots of crackle and sparky noises. but all's fine when i mixdown the tracks. why is this??? :shock:
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