Portable Recording Solution

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by BariTenor, May 28, 2004.

  1. BariTenor

    BariTenor Guest

    I'm finally looking to upgrade to a ProTools system, but am somewhat wary of building my own computer. I've decided to go the laptop route for interaction with a digi 002, but I've had bad experiences with systems from companies recommended on digi's site, such as dell, hp and compaq. I've been leaning more and more toward a high-end alienware area-51, with intentions of using an iogear external hard drive for my recording purposes. Would anyone with an expert eye mind backing up this thinking, or recommend something that would work better? I intend to use the system for stereo recording of accoustic instruments, or the occasional live mix being fed from my existing mackie board.
    Anyone? Anyone?
  2. Jbon

    Jbon Guest

    if you are able to see past the falseness of their "value" you can buy ready built pc's made to use and built for use as digital audio workstations.... do not give the crappies the time of day if you are serious about music I own a toshiba lap and an hp desk, no complaints... but after I heard that Dell ...a man whom I thoughtI admired... they make you buy your ram upgrades from dell---only others won't even fit!!!!! this is communism in my opinion or the shitty way of doing things that communism was blamed for largely in this country, by mistake I might add... not that its relevant now....let me recomend just one for starters..


    and here's the one that impressed me


    I would be as likely to go this route as not... as I reflect.... if I had had the credit I would be making music now again instead of trying to work out the kinks out of my first new build.....
    so I really donno the best route, as in from experience.. just check out the links for yourself... I know it made me almost...er well i like em', as far as appearances, go at least
  3. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    My remote setup is probably a bit higher end than what you are looking for, but it has worked wonderfully for me... I've gone with a shuttle-pc based turnkey Sequoia system. I use a Lynx2C card with an AES L-Stream on it.... It has been bulletproor for me, though.

    I had it built for me by SequoiaDIGITAL.com in Hollywood (a local builder for me) and then I built my case for the monitor/keyboard/DAC-1 as a custom job myself.

    http://photos.yahoo.com/fifthcircle2004 (photos of my rig)

    In general, I'd stay away from laptops as you loose a lot of performance to get your size and weight. As long as you aren't dragging your rig on planes, etc... a shuttle is perfect. 1 real PCI slot and a full-bandwith system.

  4. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Aug 15, 2003
    I've never had any problems putting third party RAM in the Dell desktops here at work. Maybe they do have that policy for notebooks (I wouldn't know either way...), but, as far as I understand, they tend to use industry standard parts, at least in their desktops. As a matter of fact, I just upgraded my co-worker's 8100 with 512 of RDRAM manufactured by Samsung, and branded by Centon. And my Dimension 4550 received 1GB of RAM (can't remember the brand, but it wasn't Dell).

    History shows that computer manufacturers who use propietary hardware when OTS (off the shelf) alternatives exist have a much higher component cost and much slimmer profit margin. Just imagine how expensive propietary RAM would be.... Dell wouldn't be able to survive.

    Maybe Dell will cease to support machines with third party RAM (again, I wouldn't know either way)... but I don't care, and neither does my employer.

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