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My second post here was a virgin until 2 minites ago.

 I use novation mini launchkey mk 2 with ableton to mix some background noise I don't use loops from other sources but I do record my own. With my home computer so filled up with other stuff I've decided to by a mobile computer thingy.

After searching for a tablet/laptop I realise I have no idea what I am looking for, what would do the job ?

 It will be dedicated to noise no downloading other trash, just homemade noise like virtual instruments and some recorded loops

I want to use windows as I understand it a little bit

So what do I require I don't want to spend a $1000 if I only gotta spend $200?


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I can't help on the windows front but it all comes down to how serious you are about it. A laptop would be the right way to go but there are some very cool apps available on tablets. 

These are the best ones available at the moment. 

1) http://auriaapp.com/ 
This is outrageously awesome and available are FabFilter and PSP (I'm pretty sure) plugins which is even better

2) http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/mobile_apps/cubasis.html
Pretty much Cubase for iOS

3) https://www.apple.com/ios/garageband/
Garageband for iOS

4) https://www.image-line.com/flstudiomobile/ipad.php
FL for iOS  

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Budget really depends what you're after. Not just specs, I can help with some basic ones of that:


go for an i7 processor if possible - if not an i5 will suffice. Quad core if you can

8GB RAM - RAM is cheap these days, so go for 8GB at least

HDD depends on how much junk you have. go for SSD if you can get one in the budget


what are  you looking for in terms of screen size, weight and portability? As you can get a higher specced laptop that's big and heavy for cheaper than a light portable one, etc.

Hot tip - you can get a refurbished model significantly cheaper - check here for Dell available refurbs. They update the page all the time - http://www.dell.com/learn/au/en/audhs1/campaigns/dell-outlet-au

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Thanks for your thoughts

Dell link all the 8gb pretty xxxy so looking for a cheaper option ? this computer will only be used for ableton live lite ,novation bass station and v station that all came with Novation Launchkey mini mk 2.

The ableton website lists requirements as muticore processor 4 gb ram 3 gb free disc space but I wanted a users opinion so thanks for your help, it all scared me after reading complaints about the program freezing from other users

I will connect to the internet once to download from ableton site and never connect again and export what I make to a memory stick.

I will probably not download any samples as the virtual instruments are what I need.

I don't care how big the laptop is I just want to be sure it will run it successfully and not be a desktop.

I have just looked on ebay and there is a lot of laptops for sale but i'm still unsure any laptop brands and models recommended ?

Thanks everyone



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