PC for production and Macbook Air for live performance? Logical?

I spent a considerable amount of mula building my own desktop PC last year so that I could upgrade easily and fix problems on my own.  I like the ability to add to my massive tower and manipulate the PC, which is one of the downsides to a Mac, IMO. I also have KRK Rokit monitors, Audio Kontrol 1 external, Oxygen 49 MIDI, and an APC40 with Ableton Live 8 Suite.  SO, I'm all set to produce.

Well now I want to be able to DJ again and in order to do so, I need a laptop.  I need it for DJ purposes only so I was thinking a Macbook AIR would suffice due to being stable and sufficient.  I want to know if this particular set-up would create any difficulties as far as file transfers, having Ableton on both computers, etc.  How difficult will it be to move my files on a regular basis?

Thanks for your input!

 

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Pro_Static 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    Hi there!

    I have the same situation; custom built studio PC (because I think the possibilities of Macs suck in a studio) and Macbook Pro for live gigs and dj sets.

    Works great!

    The only things you have to watch are;

    - if you want to work on projects with both computers, make sure you have the same VST's installed on both. If you can't, theres always the option to freeze those tracks.

    - same thing goes for the version of Live, just to make sure.

    - DJ-ing is easier; since you only use audio files; they can be transferred and used in both systems.

    Have fun!

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Pro_Static
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    Well I'll only be working on projects / producing with the desktop PC so thats good to hear.  Thank you very much for the input !!

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • lsc9x
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    Sounds good to me!  I'd do it.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • lsc9x
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    I have both a 27" iMac and a 13" MacBook, but only use the 13" for travel.

    I thought that I would be using the iMac to compose and engineer and the MacBook for gigging, but there is such a HUGE difference between both the power and screen sizes of the two machines that I have ended up doing all the work on my laptop, and here's why:

    1) My iMac is MUCH more powerful than my MacBook.  Because of this, files that run just fine on my iMac can get a bit bogged down on my laptop.  Bogged down is bad, 'Mmmm-kay?  By doing the work on the laptop, I know it's going to WORK on the laptop.

    2) There is a ton more space on my desktop computer display.  Yes, this makes it easier to work with, but since my sets make use of an APC40 controller, I have to practice them with the laptop.

    So, the bottom line is that I just don't use the desktop for a lot when it comes to Ableton, EXCEPT for rendering.  I can do audio rendering far faster on my desktop machine. 

    My solution for working between the two computers is that I have a common shared network drive that both machines can access at the same time.  I have 1 work folder that is copied to both machines, and I make sure this file is copied religiously to make sure I have the same files on my desktop that I do on the laptop.

    Additionally, I have identical software installations on both machines, identical sample libraries, identical software paths, identical output paths etc. 

    So, basically I can just drag and drop 1 folder and everything I need is transferred.

    Granted, I'm running 2 Macs, but you can do something similar with PC.

    I keep all my sample files, song files, custom presets and notes in 4 folders in a larger folder called ableton music.  Since I know that everything I need is in that 1 folder, all I have to worry about transferring or backing up is that 1 folder.

    Some people would say I am "organized", but I'd use the word "lazy".

    Hope this helps!   =)

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • shaneblyth
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    I have a macbook air and a hackintosh tower so there ya go. Hackintoshes work great Mine is all legal and no hacked OS. I bought mountain lion and installed it using http://www.tonymacx86.com It can boot windows or osx. Is very stable you just need to follow the right hardware choice and tonymacx86 has all the info and as i said no hacked OSX OS software so all legal

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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