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Dynamic Mike

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3 quick Laptop Questions
      #1044569 - 22/04/13 11:25 PM
I've very kindly been offered a new laptop for free! It's a Toshiba satellite with an i3 and Windows 7 64 bit, about a year old but virtually unused. I don't intend to use it for recording as such, but it should be great for transporting stuff around to monitor on Cubase 6.5 in different environments. Nothing serious, just project stuff. However 3 questions spring to mind.

Will I be okay using a cheap Alesis or Behringer interface to give me USB to line out to connect to my hi-fi amp etc? I'm guessing latency won't be an issue here since I'm not recording anything. Also I record at 44.1 & 24 bit but I'm presuming 16 bit converters will be okay for monitoring the output as it will already be dithered.

Will it play audio/midi files directly from a USB stick, or would it be better saved to the hard drive?

Finally does it matter that I'm using Windows 7 32 bit on my main DAW? Can I just install 32 bit Cubase on 64 bit windows. The only non native plug-ins I use are iZotope Ozone & Nectar.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Re: 3 quick Laptop Questions new [Re: Dynamic Mike]
      #1044587 - 23/04/13 06:36 AM
You'll be fine on all counts.

Install VLC player to have an easier life - it will play virtually anything.

It's arguable how important an audio interface is for simple messing around. When I'm using my laptop for gaming, or entertainment I just run the headphone output to my hi-fi amp. Obviously, if you aspire to higher things, or want surround capabilities, then an audio interface of some description will be advisable.

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Dynamic Mike

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Re: 3 quick Laptop Questions new [Re: Dynamic Mike]
      #1044702 - 23/04/13 04:44 PM
Thanks, I'm actually quite excited at the prospect now!

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Re: 3 quick Laptop Questions new [Re: Dynamic Mike]
      #1044714 - 23/04/13 06:26 PM
Ah.....You will probably find the combination of Cubase, W7 and a Behringer UCA 222/202 is not one made in heaven.

I am sure it CAN be made to work but be prepared for some faffing about. I in fact have a works Toshi satellite, bit older than yours perhaps, acursed with Vista Business. That runs a 202 fine but I cannot try Cubase. Samplitude SE8 is ok but then Sam 8 works on anything!

And FYI anybody that needs to know, the KA6 is also fine on Blista!


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