Old 11-27-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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Hi all, I know so little when it comes to hardware and wondering if this would be a good replacement for my aging machine?

https://deals.dell.com/en-au/productdetail/6ih3

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Old 11-27-2020, 05:33 PM   #2
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Tell us a little more about your needs. What kind of music do you make? What are the specs of your current machine, as best you can tell?
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Old 11-27-2020, 07:57 PM   #3
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Tell us a little more about your needs. What kind of music do you make? What are the specs of your current machine, as best you can tell?
I have a desktop for studio editing. Laptop will be for OTG field recording with a Scarlett 18i20.

My desktop PC is...
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700 CPU @ 3.60GHz 3.60 GHz with 16 GB Ram.
I can run plenty of tracks, soft synths like addictive Drums. Plus Ozone 9 Advanced, Nectar and Neutron
Desktop serves my needs well apart for when editing 4 to 5 videos tracks at once and then videos lag behind. I manage this by muting what ever section of video at now time I can. So would like something similar in a laptop as new Lappy will be for recording as many track as possible in a live environment.
Mostly Gyuto Monks throat-singing when I get back to Tibetan... Joking of cause

Here in Australia Dell has a great black Friday deal going with like 40% off so want to make the most of that before it ends
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Old 11-28-2020, 03:57 AM   #4
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Thanks, that helps.

I don't have personal experience with this laptop. But it has 16 GB of memory, an i7 that goes up to 4.7 GHz, and a 1-TB NVMe hard drive. It should be lightning fast with REAPER.

I don't do video so I can't comment on how it will handle video editing and the like, but you should have zero problems with REAPER, virtual instruments, recording audio, etc.

FWIW, I recorded an acoustic drum set in a mobile setup with a Scarlett 18i20 and an i5 Dell Laptop manufactured in 2010. It was like 12 simultaneous inputs of recording and I experienced zero problems throughout the multi-day process.

This laptop blows that one out of the water in terms of specs.
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Thanks, that helps.

I don't have personal experience with this laptop. But it has 16 GB of memory, an i7 that goes up to 4.7 GHz, and a 1-TB NVMe hard drive. It should be lightning fast with REAPER.

I don't do video so I can't comment on how it will handle video editing and the like, but you should have zero problems with REAPER, virtual instruments, recording audio, etc.

FWIW, I recorded an acoustic drum set in a mobile setup with a Scarlett 18i20 and an i5 Dell Laptop manufactured in 2010. It was like 12 simultaneous inputs of recording and I experienced zero problems throughout the multi-day process.

This laptop blows that one out of the water in terms of specs.
Cool, thanks for your input
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Old 11-28-2020, 01:45 PM   #6
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On a similar note I have just been trying to work with video (an old amateur recording) that needs a lot of work to "de glitch" for want of a better expression in both audio and video.

My Dell is a slightly lower spec (tower unit) and working on that 40minute video in Reaper it sort of ran a bit slow whilst trying to adjust some compression on audio. (There were a few other things going on on audio effect too but not many tracks) I think CPU limits were being met!!

If doing anything complex or long I believe in using the ideal software for each aspect so used Lightworks (free version') for the video and will keep going in Reaper for the audio to get the best of both worlds
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