Audio Production Laptop

Daniel Green octoberdan at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 14:27:34 GMT 2008


> I am a fan of firewire, in fact it's my favourite kind of wire.
>
Should I limit myself to laptops that have multiple firewire ports? Or
would getting a PCMCIA card with firewire interfaces or something be a
better bet? Judging by several conversations I've had with digital
audio enthusiasts, I'm on the side of firewire as well.

On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 5:37 PM, Phil <phil at magnustudios.com> wrote:
> Sorry to go off topic, but I'm fascinated by the line:
>> I am not a fan of firewire.
>
> Not a fan of firewire(more correctly, ieee 1394) because of
> compatability issues or because of the standard itself?
>
> I am a fan of firewire, in fact it's my favourite kind of wire.
> Firewire does things that USB simply cannot do, ie, reliably feed my
> 7-year-old computer with 12 channels of audio simultaneously. And I
> easily expand that a great deal.
>
> Philip Schleihauf
> phil at adjacentfilms.com
>
>
> On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 5:12 PM, Gustin Johnson <gustin at echostar.ca> wrote:
>>
>> Daniel Green wrote:
>> > I'm looking to get my hands on a laptop I can use for audio production
>> > and live performance with UbuntuStudio. I need a bit of help finding
>> > something suitable. I figure the following should be taken into
>> > consideration:
>> >
>> > Fast hard drive
>> > Multiple(?) Firwire ports
>>
>> I am not a fan of firewire.  Check the FFADO site for hardware
>> compatability.
>> > USB ports
>> > Decent sized screen.
>>
>> Inversely proportional to battery life.  The larger the screen, the
>> shorter the battery life
>>
>> > Long battery life
>> > Linux friendly.
>> >
>> > No need to worry about the audio card as it should be replaced with
>> > something external anyways. Any recommendations for this too?
>> >
>> > I am open to and appreciate all advice.
>>
>> I am in the process of getting a new laptop as wll.  I eventually
>> settled on a Dell Latitude (business line, more expensive but very well
>> made) e6400.  14" screen (1440x900 w/ LCD backlighting, good visuals and
>> low power draw).  Of course fully loaded I will be spending ~$2400 CDN
>> (including docking station and 3 years accidental damage coverage).
>>
>> My second choice is a Thinkpad, with similar specs.
>>
>> Also, CPU, Chipset, Video, LAN, WiFi is all made by Intel, which are all
>> currently well supported under Linux.
>>
>> I would also be very careful with the firewire devices, check the ffado
>> site for supported hardware *before* you buy.
>>
>>
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