#1
Ok...newbie question I know, but Dell sucks at their online help with this kind of stuff so that's the reason I'm asking.

I'm looking to buy a new laptop for recording and with all the new recording software out there I would like to know what the requirements (ram, memory, size of hard drive, operation system. etc.,) should be to load some decent software and start recording.

Then there's the software as well. I'll be playing metal and acoustic stuff with drum and other samples.

I realize this question may sound a bit vague, but I hope someone out there understands what I'm asking for and can help me out.

Thanks!!!
Last edited by jasonpaulboggs at Sep 18, 2008,
#2
dual core T7200 or higher, 2gb ram, 120gb hard drive..
dont get a dell..

or buy a quad core pc for £300..

download guitar rig..

use cubase..
#3
first google some recording software, on the site of the company there probably is some info about the minimum requirements. then, buy a laptop that has plenty of everything needed to make sure the program runs without any problems.
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#4
are you doing some serious recording or just simple?

If you just record your guitar or do some simple midi and try to mix it together with a drum loop or whatever you should make it without problem with most computers with dual core and atleast 2gb ram.

For more advanced I would recommend quad core and 4 gb. An external sounds card is a must!
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#5
why external..internal = next to no lag
i build my machines from scratch..dual core with just windows/linux and 2gb ram is enough for anyone not using pro tools
#6
It's not the lag that does it. It's the quality. An external card gives much more clarity and overall better performance in every way.
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#7
lol just buy an X-Fi sound blaster..its how i record, sounds are perfect to me..
thats is like guitars bass and drums..vocals..use a mic duh
#8
X-FI SB is an external card!? Or have I gotten the word "external" all wrong?
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#9
its internal..pci-e...alot better :P
sorry... computer geek..hate to be proven wrong lol
but nah serious..if you want to record..the stated specs above are fine.
unless you are a mac guy.then 8core with 32gb ram will be fine :P
#10
okey just a missunderstanding then. I think of it as like this:

internal=the built in "soundcard" your motherboard use for example.
external=PCI etc. A separate card in short terms :P
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#11
ahh external is outside of machine..internal..is installed inside
the "internal" one is called onboard fyi

#12
aah! thanks for clearing that out for me!
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#13
system speed needed most depends on what software (sequencer) you will be using.
Look at the suggested settings at the sites.

Most stock computers off the shelf will work for recording these days.
I suggest at least a 2GHz Dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 7200RPM hard drives (youll want around 500GB to be safe), and a nice video card.

Tweak's Guide has a section on DAWs and what you should look into when building or buying.
Last edited by moody07747 at Sep 18, 2008,
#14
Quote by moody07747
system speed needed most depends on what software (sequencer) you will be using.
Look at the suggested settings at the sites.

Most stock computers off the shelf will work for recording these days.
I suggest at least a 2GHz Dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 7200RPM hard drives (youll want around 500GB to be safe), and a nice video card.

Tweak's Guide has a section on DAWs and what you should look into when building or buying.

Thanks Dave! That's a lot of help!
#16
Quote by moody07747
system speed needed most depends on what software (sequencer) you will be using.
Look at the suggested settings at the sites.

Most stock computers off the shelf will work for recording these days.
I suggest at least a 2GHz Dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 7200RPM hard drives (youll want around 500GB to be safe), and a nice video card.

Tweak's Guide has a section on DAWs and what you should look into when building or buying.

Thanks Dave! That's a lot of help!