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#92044 - 07/24/05 08:05 PM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
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Yes it does..
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#92045 - 07/24/05 09:18 PM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
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And now so does PG Music's PowerTracks.

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#92046 - 07/24/05 10:02 PM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
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Also, if I were traveling with a laptop, I would want the least amount of gear to do a good job. In this case, I definitely would not want an external sound card. Just more junk to haul. I would get this or a similar internal sound card:
http://www.xpcgear.com/aud2zsntbk.html

Scott

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#92047 - 07/25/05 05:06 AM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
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If you want to step up a notch,this is a most excellent card for a laptop. http://www.zzounds.com/prodsearch?form=prodsearch&q=indigo&cat2=3039

Bernie
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#92048 - 07/25/05 05:47 AM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
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Hello everyone,
Thankyou all for your helpful advice & comments. I can see that the laptop would possibly be the more appropriate way to go for my needs at the present time as well as catering for the future.

What laptop specifications would you recommend for:-
(a) Stereo Recording from the L & R outputs of my mixer.
(b) Multi-Track Recording from my mixer.

Would both situations require a similarly equipted machine?

I notice that some of you mention that you record to Acid Pro & then use Sound Forge for editing & effects. I was wondering about the reason for this. I have installed Sound Forge, Cool Edit Pro, Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 in my home computer.

I have noted all of your comments & these will help greatly in my decision.

Thankyou once again,

Yours In Music
Alan

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#92049 - 07/25/05 06:09 PM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
wrinkles303 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/02
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Loc: worthington ,ohio
should my keyboards fail, i'm lucky enough to have back up keyboards. i use 2 on stage
at all times. plus 2 more at home for
extra jobs.i've had only one keyboard failure (korg pa 50,still in the shop after 3wks)in 12 years and never on stage. since 95% of our songs are done live, we quit using computers on stage a few years back. i only use it for creating and editing styles fot the arrangers when needed.

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#92050 - 07/25/05 10:17 PM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
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Loc: Forest Hill, MD USA
Sound Forge links directly to Acid Pro for editing purposes and provides all the special effects anyone could possibly use.

As for the computer, Dell's $499 Inspiron laptop will more than suffice.

Gary

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#92051 - 07/26/05 04:21 AM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
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Hi everyone,

Thanks again to everyone who has responded to my posting. Your inputs have been most helpful & a decision will be made soon.

By the way, are any of the PCMCIA soundcards significantly better than the integrated sound chips used in laptops & also how do they compare with external soundcards.

Yours in Music,
Alan

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#92052 - 07/26/05 04:36 AM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
Bernie9 Offline
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Registered: 09/21/02
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Loc: Port Charlotte,FL,USA
Yes, the aforementioned Echo Indigo slides into the slot and has far superior sound. I have the playback only version,but ,the I/O models also have excellent recording capabilities.
Bernie
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#92053 - 07/26/05 05:19 AM Re: Laptop As Back-up & Recording Device
SemiLiveMusic Offline
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Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 2189
Loc: Louisiana, USA
Quote:
Originally posted by Roel:
Me Bill:
What you say about MD is tru but I consider the MD to be not a computer that handles files, but as a recorder/playback device. There is a way to transfer songs in a digital way. (SPDIF)


Roel, please expand on the above. Are you saying you can record on MD and transfer those files digitally to a computer without having to play them back and record them? Once you get the files on the computer, can you convert those files to WAV or make cd's from those files?

I checked into this extensively over the past two years, always came up "no go. can't be done." MD quality is excellent but due to proprietary format, that always killed it for me.


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