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2017/11/01 19:35:59 (permalink)

need replacing old system advice

 Hi everyone,   
I am replacing 7 year old desk top computer system with laptop to play out with.  I will need a laptop and external interface  $600 - $1200 range if possible.  Have noticed solid state hard drives, external sound cards, USB C technology, all new to me.  I would be a one man show for now with a new Taylor guitar and an old sure vocal mic.  Should I plug the electric guitar into the sound interface or mic it or both.  Also, may like to expand inputs for other possible players later.  (Beginner level guy)
 
Thanks!!  Ron

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    abacab
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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/02 14:51:31 (permalink)
    Check this discussion out...
     
    Thoughts on Laptops as Primary
    http://forum.cakewalk.com/FindPost/3638470

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/02 20:04:33 (permalink)
    Thanks !!  
    I'm finding plenty of Laptops out there around $1,000 with 512 sold state hard drive, 2.7 processor, 16 GB memory, so question is:  Any problems with external SSD hard drive for 2nd drive?  
     

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/02 20:24:42 (permalink)
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    Any problems with external SSD hard drive for 2nd drive?  




    From what I understand, there is nothing to be gained using an expensive SSD as external drive.  SSD on internal SATA or M.2 makes more sense.  If you search around, you should be able to find a laptop with a 2nd internal drive bay, but probably not in the budget market.
     
    Use a USB3 spinning drive for external storage.

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/21 22:12:20 (permalink)
    Here's what I am considering, will I be okay with this? (No video work, amature recording at home)
     
    (Specs Out of the box)  $539
     
    Acer Aspire E75-G 562T Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7200U (2.50 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 8 GB DDR4 Memory drives 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, 1 x HDMI, 1X USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0 (one with power off charging)
     
    contemplated upgrades:  32GB memory $359.99 - (2) 525 GB SSDs $129.99 each or $259.98 = total $1158.97
     
    (Upgrades bought online and installed by me with NO experience??)  ... also would migrate old version of Sonar X3 from my old tower and then upgrade to newest Sonar, no experience there either. 
     
    Thanks for the previous comments and any advice certainly welcome.
     
    Ron

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/21 22:23:52 (permalink)
    Also...  would need to buy external interface for acoustic Taylor guitar, (new!) and vox mic. Would this arrangement be okay? 

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/27 23:43:21 (permalink)
    The best way to do this is with a USB audio interface that has high Z inputs (so you can plug a guitar directly into the box). Many common cheap prosumer units will do what you want. The reason to mic the electric guitar amp is to record some unique quality of the amplifier itself, and it is done quite commonly for that purpose. But with the number of cheap "guitar amp" emulation plugins available, a lot of that quality can be reproduced in the box by feeding in a clean signal and processing it there.
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    rocadani
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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/28 03:27:01 (permalink)
    edit: I pulled the trigger for an
    HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive.
    Does Sonar X3 run as a multi thread or single thread? Could be an issue with the Spectre.

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/28 03:40:52 (permalink)
    I see how to run multi thread.

    Thanks for the replies!! This forum will be tough to replace down the road.

    Ron

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/29 10:56:42 (permalink)
    rocadani
    edit: I pulled the trigger for an
    HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive.



    Very nice! (Better than the other stuff you mentioned above.)

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/11/29 21:21:00 (permalink)
    By "one man show" if you mean playing live, then I wouldn't mic the guitar due to feedback issues. You'll have your hands full with your vocal mic. This assumes your Taylor has a pickup. It also means your USB interface should have both XLR and 1/4" inputs.
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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/12/05 21:14:53 (permalink)
    fret_man
    By "one man show" if you mean playing live, then I wouldn't mic the guitar due to feedback issues. You'll have your hands full with your vocal mic. This assumes your Taylor has a pickup. It also means your USB interface should have both XLR and 1/4" inputs.




     
    Taylor 210 does have pick up so I will take the feed back advice!  I will look for "a USB audio interface that has high Z inputs" and "XLR and 1/4 inputs"   Late 2017 HP Spectre features 8th generation Intel Core i7 which I hope will handle it all. 
     
     

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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/12/14 08:53:10 (permalink)
    Nice choice on laptop. May I know the cost?
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    Re: need replacing old system advice 2017/12/16 22:50:02 (permalink)
    Thanks!  That's 2 endorsements on the forum, maybe I'll be Okay with it.
     
    HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 8th generation - 16GB Memory - 512GB {Edit: actually it was $1,199} ($1,299) at Best Buy during Black Friday grace period of a few days.  Since then was $1,499.  The Best Buy version did not include the Pen.
    post edited by rocadani - 2017/12/27 16:33:00

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