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.
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.
-------------------- An Eagle for an Emperor, A Kestrel for a Knave.
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!