Mulling over using a laptop live--suggestions?
A year or so ago I began investing in using my iPad (now iPad Pro) in live performance, via an iRig Pro interface, and I generally use both iReal Pro and Cubasis or Auria to play backing tracks while I play and sing live. It all works very well for the most part, but even though the soundsets in programs like Korg Module and Sampletank, among others, are approaching desktop quality, they are not yet at that standard. So for live tracks I mostly use my piano, epiano and synth/organ sounds from my two keyboards. But I would love to be able to use my Kontakt and other desktop software instruments live, and this will require the use of a laptop computer. I've been reluctant to do this for years, but more and more folks are using them, and/or combining it with an iPad, etc. So my questions is: For those of you already using your laptops live for music performance, what makes sense for a reasonably priced machine that has, preferably, and SSD drive for samples, good video/audio (if needed), and is thin and light enough to be mounted on a laptop stand, with or without a touch screen, but probably with one. And what else would I need in order to make this work seemlessly with the rest of my rig? All suggestions welcome. My budget would be at or below $1500, preferably below, so that may eliminate most of the custom mades out there from the usual builders. I'm all ears to any suggestions, and am hoping that if I wait a bit, that the IOS stuff will improve even more, and therefore making this purchase unnecessary. I play contemporary jazz, R&B, Funk, and Pop, mostly, if that matters. I would love to use my Kontakt instruments, such as the OTS guitars, live. None of the IOS instruments come close in that area.
Thanks to all that help. Or point me to a pre-existing thread that covers this extensively and is recent.