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#2302657 - 07/15/14 04:36 PM Notebook for Software Piano/Good quality internal sound card
khopin Offline
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Registered: 11/17/13
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Loc: Uruguay
Is there a notebook that can be used for software pianos like Ivory without adding external interfaces?

If not, which one can you recommend with good sound quality for listening piano.

May be some apple product?

Thank you in advance
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#2302753 - 07/15/14 08:19 PM Re: Notebook for Software Piano/Good quality internal sound card [Re: khopin]
johnlewisgrant Offline
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Registered: 11/17/07
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Loc: canada
Originally Posted By: khopin
Is there a notebook that can be used for software pianos like Ivory without adding external interfaces?

If not, which one can you recommend with good sound quality for listening piano.

May be some apple product?

Thank you in advance


Great question. I'd think a PC NOTEBOOK with current SSD internal drive, honking big and fast memory, and a state of the art sound card would be as good as ANY big pc (or mac) computer.

Does that exist in a pc (or mac) notebook form?

No pops and clicks?

Caviat: I'm pretty certain you'll have to purchase an external (usb 3 compatible) 256gig ssd for plenty of good piano samples.

So Notebook PLUS external ssd for the samples is my guess.

Any good stuff cheap online???

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#2302797 - 07/15/14 10:09 PM Re: Notebook for Software Piano/Good quality internal sound card [Re: khopin]
MacMacMac Offline
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Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 3818
Loc: North Carolina
No SSD needed. No honking laptop needed, either.

I ran fine (but just barely) with a 1.7 GHz Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 330 GB 7200 RPM drive, and Windows XP.

There are no computers that slow anymore. So any new box will do, with room to spare.

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#2302859 - 07/16/14 02:43 AM Re: Notebook for Software Piano/Good quality internal sound card [Re: MacMacMac]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1314
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
I'm running Pianoteq (which has very moderate CPU-speed requirements) on an Acer Aspire laptop.

CPU : Intel core i5, 2.6 GHz
Memory (RAM): 6 Gbytes
O/S : Windows 8.1

I found that the internal soundcard gave me good results. There's no discernable latency.

If you're willing to use Pianoteq, that's all you need. I suspect the sample-players need faster storage.

. Charles

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#2302879 - 07/16/14 04:22 AM Re: Notebook for Software Piano/Good quality internal sound card [Re: khopin]
B4question Offline
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Registered: 06/27/14
Posts: 10
Computer between 2.4 - 3,6 ghz, 4gb ram and a good soundcard like Realtek, Nvidia, Creative would do it.


Edited by B4question (07/16/14 04:23 AM)

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#2302974 - 07/16/14 10:38 AM Re: Notebook for Software Piano/Good quality internal sound card [Re: khopin]
HooDoo Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 57
Loc: Los Angeles
Large sample libraries load very quickly with an SSD drive. My new MacBook Pro boots Ivory American D (48 gigs) in under 5 seconds.

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