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T-boned and punctured
Jan 2nd, 2012 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Trying to avoid the usual Mac vc PC discussion, so I'll phrase it this way:

What laptop/pc, etc. are YOU using for recording and if you'd be so kind please list system specs (RAM, etc). Thanks.

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Houston, TX

Jan 2nd, 2012 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My own homebrew desktop (I'll just list the bits that matter the most for recording, but I'm using a pretty quiet case/cooling system and power supply which I can detail if it interests anyone):

Intel i7 920 @ 4.0GHz
6GB triple-channel DDR3-1600
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5
OCZ 120GB SSD for OS and programs
Intel 120GB SSD for recording files
WD Caviar Black 500GB HD for longer-term storage
Asus G210 Silent video card

Sonar X1 Producer running on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

Interface is my old but trustworthy MOTU 828mkII FireWire

I think that about covers it.

(This message was last edited by insanecooker at 04:17 PM, Jan 2nd, 2012)

John P
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Heart of Dixie USA

guitar players have their pick
Jan 2nd, 2012 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

17" MacBook Pro. I think the cpu is 2.33 and it is maxed out at 3 gigs of RAM. It has a Radeon video card with dedicated memory. HD is only 160 gb I believe. Works fine with Logic.


Highland CA

Close to Corona
Jan 2nd, 2012 09:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

13" MacBook Pro stock (4 MB memory) with Logic Express and a 1 TB USB drive. Also have a 20" monitor. Wanted the smaller footprint for portability, the larger extension monitor kills and the price is still way below the next offering.

Recording solo acoustic guitar only two tracks at a time with an Apogee Duet 2. No latency whatsoever.

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Connecticut USA

Nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos
Jan 2nd, 2012 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have several Macs, including a 2010 MacBook Pro that’s very similar to John P’s. However, the machine that I use most often for home recording purposes is a 1999 Power Macintosh G3, with a 400 MHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Audio files are stored on several external FireWire drives.

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from the Fred Meyer
Jan 2nd, 2012 09:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a quad core AMD Phenom II 965 (3.4ghz) with 4 TB storage spread across a few drives for speed and access time, 8g RAM, a Tascam US-800 interface (and also use the USB interface from the Roland GR-55 at the same time for direct synth out a lot of the time), and the venerable Tracktion 3 DAW, running on Win 7 64.

Frank Hudson


Tone is stuck on my fingers
Jan 3rd, 2012 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Two recording machines depending on if I'm working "inside the box" or recording in a "live room", and another one for editing and mastering.

Live room: homebuilt Core2Duo 2.2 Ghz, 4 gig RAM, 2x1 gig hard drives. Boots three OSes (two XP and one Win7) depending on which version of ProTools I'm using. Antec Sonata case (older one, quiet!). This fall this replaced an ancient PIII which was what there before--live recording doesn't really require much CPU power.

In the box: Mac Mini Gen 3, 2.1 Ghz, 4 gig RAM, external 500 GB Firewire drive.

Editing and Mastering: Homebuilt I5 2400, 8 gigs RAM, 2x1 gig hard drives Windows 7 64 bit.

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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Jan 3rd, 2012 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm mostly using an old HP5000S that's had some modifications.
Intel Pentium 4 CPU/ 3.00GHz
4GB Memory
XP Pro/SP3
320 GB Hard Drive/2TB external HD
SoundMax Digital Audio card
Boston Acoustics spkrs (Boston Minis)
with Sub
Also have an '08 MacBook that I picked up recently
that has Logic on it and only use it for recording.

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USA, Lubbock

Anybody got a band-aid?
Jan 4th, 2012 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't even know the specs on my desktop. It was pretty in the middle as far as the HP offerings right now.

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