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Old 12th March 2010 , 02:45 PM
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That EZ Drummer definitely looks like a good solution. If it will work on my laptop, i think i will buy that over the weekend. Nice price too
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Old 12th March 2010 , 02:50 PM
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I'm not sure, it's a samsung NC10. So it's just a small laptop. It was really bought just for home use, internet banking etc.
It seems your processor is probably;
Intel® Atom™ processor N270 (1.6GHz, 533MHz, 512KB, 2.5W)

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Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System
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Old 12th March 2010 , 04:54 PM
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The NC10 definitely is an Atom, and a single core one at that (as all netbooks are). It'll struggle to run both Cubase and plugins, the processor is simply not up to the job of CPU intensive work. Most other "non netbook" styled laptops would cope OK as they use something like a Core2 Duo or mobile Pentium which are much nearer desktop PC performance than they are netbook performance.

You may well get away with light usage for the time-being, but if you intend to do lots of mixing with many plugins, then you will need to think about a better PC.

EZDrummer requires a minimum of a Pentium processor.... your netbook is below that spec, but it might still run, it just can't be guaranteed to run quickly enough.
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oh well. Thanks anyway guys.
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Piano, the budget you had for a drum plugin will probably build you a fairly decent desktop PC and get you EZ drummer.
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Piano, the budget you had for a drum plugin will probably build you a fairly decent desktop PC and get you EZ drummer.
That's very true!
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Piano, the budget you had for a drum plugin will probably build you a fairly decent desktop PC and get you EZ drummer.
Yeah, perhaps. I'm still having problems using cubase aswell, the sound that comes through it isn't very good. I've given up on it now. The problem is, i'm trying to record parts of things just now with what i do have, but things aren't really coming together because i don't have everything i need yet. It makes you want to chuck it in sometimes.
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I know what you mean... it doesn't help when you're spending more time learning some new technology than you are actually making music
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I know what you mean... it doesn't help when you're spending more time learning some new technology than you are actually making music
That is EXACTLY how i'm feeling right now. I am getting very little recording done atall. Just when i think i'm starting to get things together, i find out i need something else, and something else again. Now i'm looking at PC's, though i'm reluctant because cubase so far has been a disappointment with regards to the sound i'm getting from it. I went back to recording straight to my R16 earlier on because it just wasn't happening on Cubase and i've wasted enought time trying to figure it out. It is alot easier recording on the PC though, and that i did like. I laid down some acoustic Guitar earlier on but when things don't come out of the speakers the way you imagine them in your head, it get's a bit frustrating and having things part recorded is no fun, would be nice to be able to actually finish a track. So, now i have to buy a computer, software, Elec Guitar, amp, effects, and vocal mic and i estimate that i've spent in the region on £1700 since December already. I know that's probably nowhere near what you guys have spent over the years but it's alot going out and not having alot to show for it apart from a couple of half arsed recordings! I love making music, but it's no fun at this moment in time. Hope it's all worth it.
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By the way, is this the sort of PC i should be looking at? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DESKTOP-PC-TOW...item2a054ae005

Sorry if i'm not allowd to post links to ebay, i'm just trying to get an idea of what i need, that's all.
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I expect Modz will remove the eBay link, but to answer your question, that's kinda like what you're after... though be aware that it sounded like that particular ebay seller was filling the machine with cracked software... a "no-no" in its own right let alone what it says about the integrity of the vendor.

You can get a standard desktop PC and add a soundcard (or use your R16) quite cheaply... that will give you something much more workable than your NC10 netbook... or you can pay a little more and get something like DV's Synergy music PCs and be guaranteed it is correctly built installed and set-up for music production.

It can take a little while to get a music PC set-up, but it opens up a lot of possibilities and freedom once it's done.
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Yeah, i was literally just looking at DV's computers just a minute ago. There's one at £549 that looks pretty good. I think it comes with a drum software aswell. http://www.dv247.com/synergy/buy
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Yeah, i was literally just looking at DV's computers just a minute ago. There's one at £549 that looks pretty good. I think it comes with a drum software aswell. http://www.dv247.com/synergy/buy
Yes, given that it's specifically built for audio work I think it's good value, especally given DV's 4 year warranty. Do be aware, that you'll also need to budget for a screen also, but there's no reason for it to cost an arm and a leg... you can even get a 22" LCD for under £100 if you shop around.
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I think i'm going to go back to my original plan to buy the DTXplorer and use that for recording, and use the R16 as a stand alone for now. I'm pretty comfortable with that for the time being. Getting a decent computer and software etc is going to be too pricey.
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It's always something you can add later when you have your other gear priorities covered. Whilst using a DAW does open up a lot of possibilities, they're not right for everyone, or possibly end up getting in the way of making music... I mean, there's plenty of people still happily using tape.
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