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DJ Chien

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Hail to the community, hope everyone has a fine year beginning :) !

 

 

So after years of valiant work my old laptop goes to Valhalla - thus I'm looking for a new challenger. Problem is I'm fairly new to computer technics.

 

 

The primary aim here is to have a machine running Live 9 with let's say 30 Kontakt tracks with a different H3000 preset on each, some tweaked/sliced Serum here and there, MIDI automations everywhere, and any lag/freeze/sound crunching isn't an option because it's a live performance in front of a crazy yelling crowd (yeah crazy chillers are the most dangerous...).

 

 

I've read that for CPU, i5/i7 HQ series would be a must have, so is at least 8GB ram and a SSD.

 

If possible, a PC would be best for many reasons (paulstretch, some utility softwares, most of my current vst are windows only, .flac,...)

 

 

Budget is under 1000€ if possible.

 

 

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i agree SSD and 8GB of RAM is a must and of course you shall have a good processor i5,i7.... I also suggest a big screen :)

as for brands i think MSI, ASUS and DELL are a good deal.

SSD is an expensive thing, so you might buy a laptop with a small SSD drive and a second HDD for samples and music collection (it can be internal or USB). 

 

Me personally i think i will stay with Apple :) I think that Apple is more stable, so more reliable in LIVE., also for me it is a pleasure to work in MacOS. But there is so much more software on Windows. 

 

 

p.s. my pet is macbook pro i7, 16gb, ssd 500Gb made in 2011.

you can try to freeze tracks when you work on large project :) 

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I also have to recommend Apple MacBookPro for the reliability factor as well. Just turn on, boot Logic & crack on without having to worry about updates, driver issues & other Windows related faff.

They are more pricey, but they can go for years & years. Look into refurbished options, as this can save a huge amount money. However be aware that buying refurbished introduces a small risk, so research your refurbisher thoroughly first. I did it, still fine 2 years later.

Also SSD is going to make the price jump a lot (but fully worth it from what I've been told)



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I also have to recommend Apple MacBookPro for the reliability factor as well. Just turn on, boot Logic & crack on without having to worry about updates, driver issues & other Windows related faff.

They are more pricey, but they can go for years & years. Look into refurbished options, as this can save a huge amount money. However be aware that buying refurbished introduces a small risk, so research your refurbisher thoroughly first. I did it, still fine 2 years later.

Also SSD is going to make the price jump a lot (but fully worth it from what I've been told)

 

refurbisher have full warranty , you can extend it to 3 years with apple care.

second hand is tricky. 


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I'm also looking for a new laptop to replace my old desktop computer... I'm going to stick with Windows computer since my workflow with Apple just doesn't work.. :D I have 11" MacBook Air (from 2013) for DJ'ing now and it's been good but I don't really find it suitable for me otherwise.

 

I'm going to check some business models from Lenovo and Dell... But recommendations are always welcome! :)






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