guillermotin wrote: I bought and customized one of those Asus EEE netbooks for live gigs, and it's been paradise ever since.
Curious about your customization. I've looked into those and it seems the CPU is too slow and not enough RAM to run music apps (in my case Live 7).
Actually, it was nothing extraordinary.
I'm using the first EEE that came out, the 701, by far the slowest and most limited of the family (but also the smallest). I basically swapped the original RAM (512 mb) with 2gb, installed an 16gb high-speed SDHC from Sandisk I had bought for my camera, and completely wiped out all the rubbish on windows XP. I'm also using an overclocking application that doubles the CPU speed and takes care of the fan speed at the same time, and sometimes I use an external usb hard drive for backup.
There's a whole community of geeks working to hack EEE pcs. I found all these at http://forum.eeeuser.com/
As for the audio applications, I'm using it with a standard M-Audio FastTrack Pro, and:
- I managed to install and run smoothly almost all the soft-synths I normally run on my desktop, including Reaktor and Kontakt. It can runs 2 or 3 of them at the same time.
- It runs Ableton Live 7 and ACID 6 flawlessly, provided that they are't filled with too much unnecessary tracks and plugins. I use Live 7 in my gigs, great for triggering samples.
- It records perfectly too, although I haven't tested it with multitrack sessions.
Portability is the major advantage: the EEE's got the same size as a one-inch pile of comic books, nicely stands on the top of many synthesizers, the battery lasts for almost 3 hours, and it costed me no more than 300 euros.