Quote johnny h:
For 8 tracks of audio, midi and some FX? That's way too extreme! A simple laptop can handle that kind of performance without breaking a sweat. Or your back.
Nah it wasn't quite doing that, the spec was setup for event recording hence the insane amount of storage and requirement to rack it. The 3370 was a proof of concept item too, so we could see just what would work in it; ended up going with a i3"S" chip to keep the power/heat profile right down.
I was more making the point that if someone really wants to go for a rack solution then it can be condensed into a far tighter space. The are some fairly short rack designs as well if you look around and if you kit it out with SSD's and you can lug it around with one hand with relative ease.
Someone else was asking me about a playback/recording/cantabile system (for the in house performers) they could set up as a permanent install into rack too which would have worked well based around the same sort of spec. I'd agree with you that a laptop makes as much sense for the second one, but I can understand going that route if it's going in an install and they just want to fit and forget.
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