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Looking to finally incorporate a laptop

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:24 pm
by basic303
I finally bought a decent MacBook and am looking to incorporate it in to my studio, I have a bunch of old synths and drum machines and stuff and this is how I'm looking to use it.

In the studio I would be using it mainly as just a sequencer for the gear, with very little if any sounds actually coming from the computer. But I want to be able to record good quality sounds in to it so that when I play live I can just bring the laptop and a couple rackmount synths. So I'm thinking I need a good midi interface for sequencing as well as a good audio interface for recording and playing live, but I don't know where to start looking for them. Any advice?

My computer is a 2014 Macbook Pro Retina
2.7 GHz i5
8GB RAM
512 GB SSD

Re: Looking to finally incorporate a laptop

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:57 am
by Stab Frenzy
RME Fireface UFX/UCX depending on how many inputs and outputs you need.

Re: Looking to finally incorporate a laptop

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:39 pm
by Jabberwalky
The RME is the boss soundcard. If that's a little too pricey, I would suggest Focusrite. I've had no issues with my Scarlett 18i8. I've used it live, but mainly in the studio setting.

Re: Looking to finally incorporate a laptop

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:32 pm
by meatballfulton
Another vote for Focusrite. They are available with up to 8 (mono) analog inputs. Some can be daisy chained using ADAT for even more channels.

It's also a great MIDI interface!

Re: Looking to finally incorporate a laptop

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:08 am
by Untouchable_888
+1 for the Scarlett as well. I love my 18i8 and it's easy to set up. I was skeptical of using USB for audio/MIDI connections for the longest time, but once I gave in I was glad I did.