The perfect notebook for Aerodrums NextGen

The perfect notebook for Aerodrums NextGen

Postby Frolic » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:06 am

I want to invest money into a new notebook and I was wondering what would be the recommended system preferences so that the next generation of aerodrums (using this VR stuff) works fine.
Can one give any glue about the system preferences yet?
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Re: The perfect notebook for Aerodrums NextGen

Postby JDeluxe » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:34 pm

You should invest in a laptop with at least these components:

- NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD RX 480
- Intel i5-6400 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
- 16GB RAM
- HDMI and 3X USB 3.0 ports

Richard mentioned this in a previous thread regarding the 3D/VR features (pretty much whatever Oculus recommends).
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Re: The perfect notebook for Aerodrums NextGen

Postby FortMonkey » Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:55 am

I would consider only laptops that were made with music in mind. Reason being, they will have a low latency motherboard. Latency isn't advertised by computer makers, so you have to do a big of reading to find out how they perform.

Apple MacBook Pro (not sure if the GPU is good enough), or Razer Blade are worth looking into.
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Re: The perfect notebook for Aerodrums NextGen

Postby Frolic » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:00 pm

FortMonkey wrote:I would consider only laptops that were made with music in mind. Reason being, they will have a low latency motherboard. Latency isn't advertised by computer makers, so you have to do a big of reading to find out how they perform.

Apple MacBook Pro (not sure if the GPU is good enough), or Razer Blade are worth looking into.


Ever heard about this retailer?
http://www.da-x.de/de/audio-computer/au ... books.html

Seems that they provide notebooks especially for "audio-use".
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Re: The perfect notebook for Aerodrums NextGen

Postby FortMonkey » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:18 am

Nope, but if you're considering them you might want to ask for DPC latency specs, and mention what you'll be doing with it.

In a few weeks of testing with my 2015 rMBP (2.8-4.0 i7 quad, integrated Iris 5200 graphics), Aerodrums doesn't perform perfectly. In fact, it can get pretty glitchy when running XLN and a few synths in Logic.
To fix this, I run Aerodrums through my server PC (GTX 960), and route the MIDI cables direct from one audio interface to the other. This is obviously not a solution for most people, but it works really nicely for me.

Long story short, GPU is important. I wouldn't recommend an integrated card.
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Re: The perfect notebook for Aerodrums NextGen

Postby Frolic » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:41 am

Hi @ll,

I have talked to these Da-X guys now. They told me, that they can not provide an appropriate Notebook and low audio latency at a time for using VR. Probably a new Notebook they are going to publish within the next month will be able to satisfy these requirements (Pro Audio Extreme NextGen)

Beside the VR topic I am wondering a bit, because currently we have several posts here in the forum with regard to using Aerodrums with a cheap tablet and we have dedicated system requirements with regard to using midi and virtual reality.

From my point of view it would be very interesting to have a certain set of system preferences for using Aerodrums within the diverse scenarios:

1.) Aerodrums "on the go" using a cheap windows tablet with Intel Atom Cherry Trail and probably 2 GB RAM:
Like this for instance: https://www.notebooksbilliger.de/tablet ... +101+2in1; probably then an external sound interface is a must and one has to use the openGL graphics driver and the asio4all driver mentioned here in the forum.
2.) Aerodrums with Midi and additional sound library and virtual reality:
System preferences same as e.g. Ocolus Rift
3.) Aerodrums with LoopBe, Kontakt Player and additional sound library - no VR:
For this solution my question is, do I need a "low latency" notebook and an additional external sound interface like RME Baby Face Pro or Zoom UAC-2 i order to make sound output faster and also quality better?
Example: https://www.da-x.de/de/pro-audio-notebook-15.html
From my perspective scenario number three would be the most probable for using Aerodrums at a live gig ...

Anybody who can help or has an opinion on this?

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