I have ordered a Fireface 400 and I am going to buy a new laptop for making
music with it. The Macbook (non-pro) with additional RAM looks interesting
for these reasons:
- it's a silent computer (I don't want any fan noise when recording)
- it's cheaper than the Macbook Pro
- you can use the JACK or Soundflower protocols on OS X, which is impossible
- anyway I will keep my Windows/Linux desktop computer
Do you have any experience of using this computer with a Fireface 400 ? or with
another similar professional interface like the MOTU Ultralite ?
The most important thing that I need is a very low latency (128 samples or
below at 44100 Hz) without any sound drop, while the CPU load remains below
60-70%. Indeed, I will use this computer in live concerts as a polyphonic
(Max/MSP) sampler, controlled by a MIDI keyboard.
To give you an idea, with my current laptop there are audio drops at 256
samples / 44100 Hz (HDSP sound card) if the CPU load goes above 30% or such ...
Other example: in Cubase SE3, if there are 2 stereo tracks in a 88200 Hz
project I have to set the latency to 2048 ... I don't want this anymore !
(Actually, these bad performances are related to an ACPI / IRQ problem)
Thanks for your help,