#1
What are the drawbacks for using a laptop for audio recording instead of a desktop?

If its processor speed and RAM are the same, and you use an external hardrive or two for extra memory, then does it really matter?

Im preferably talking about Apples/Macs here BTW.

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#2
more connections on a desktop, more stable, easier to work on...

you cant run around with a desktop easily but if you want good sound in your recording youll be staying in a nice quiet place all the time anyways.

overall I suggest a desktop mostly for ease of working with and most importantly of all....desktops stay much cooler and wont run out of battery........
#3
so it just comes down to ease and comfortability and which you prefer,? nothing technical and what not if all the specs are the same?
#5
^Oh thats clever.

On topic - personally if you get a Macbook Pro with a good amount of RAM (or maybe even a Macbook depending on what you plan to do), it should handle all your audio needs. The fact is that most of us will not be able to utilize a quad core processor like the ones found in a Mac Pro unless you have a very high track count with tons of effects.

So if you need portability for other things (say if you want to take notes in class), I would recommend a Macbook Pro as it should be able to handle your audio needs and then some (assuming of course you get a good amount of RAM).
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#6
well, i prefer desktops. but a good laptop should do well. however 1 issue i have with my own laptop is that it doesn't seem to ground properly, and as result it get a lot of noise in my recordings. I never got this with my old desktop.
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#7
desktops have the advantage of being able to upgrade hardware, ram etc. also if your using a pci soundcard (the fastest audio recording connection) then only desktops can allow for such an expansion unless somebody wants to correct me.

i've been a windows user all my life and hate it, get a mac seriously.
#8
Well if you would prefer a desktop than an iMac with a good amount of RAM should fit the bill fine.
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#9
If you can get a laptop with decent specs, that's great, it's just that you're less likely to be able to get something that powerful.

One thing to remember is that laptops tend to be a lot noisier than computers, and you ideally want a silent computer to record with.
#10
^Yeah good point, however the Macbook Pros and iMacs I have all worked with/owned are much quieter than my work associates laptops - or even desktops for that matter. I have a homebuilt PC, though, that is extremely quiet as I made sure that all the cooling systems utilized produced very little noise. So you can get it either way - you should just look into it to make sure.
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#11
Yeah, macs tend to stay quiet better.

I need to get my fans replaced on this thing - they're dusty 4" things, I need to get a couple of 6s or 8s in parallel.
#12
hard disk space on a laptop is limited. You need fast hard drive for recording. Its not like playing back MP3s from a thumbdrive.

If you want to record more than one track at the same time, you need firewire. In most cases you don't need to record more than one track at a time though and can use either analog in or more preferably USB.

But the portability of the laptop is very handy. So a newer laptop with 60GB and firewire is a good setup.
#13
I am in a similar situation. I'm looking a buying a new computer soon for general use and recording. Apart from recording my needs aren't too great, I would only use the computer for a bit of internet, itunes and word processing.

I am looking a going with a laptop as I would like the portability. At the momment I am looking at a macbook or macbook pro and running Logic Studio 8.

If anyone has any experiences with macbooks and logic studio I would love to hear what you think, or if anyone has any other suggestions (mac or pc) in the same price range.

Thanks
Dave
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more connections on a desktop, more stable, easier to work on...

you cant run around with a desktop easily but if you want good sound in your recording youll be staying in a nice quiet place all the time anyways.

overall I suggest a desktop mostly for ease of working with and most importantly of all....desktops stay much cooler and wont run out of battery........



he's talking about Macs they're all stable
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