For the last 10 years I’ve been recording my music with standalone DAWs but now I want to move to computer recording because of the added flexibility it provides.
I was thinking of buying a relatively cheap laptop for internet browsing, watching youtube videos, streaming movies and music, checking email, etc and also buying a more powerful desktop to use for music recording and maybe some video editing.
BUT,…I’m starting to question if I really need two computers, a laptop and a desktop, to do everything I want. Do you think I would be better off buying just one good laptop to do everything? Or am I better off buying both ?
Would I be able to unplug my interface and recording equipment easily when I want to use my laptop for everyday casual use, or would doing that be a problem and/ or inconvenient?
I typically record between 14 and 24 tracks per song but on the rare occasion I’ll record well over 30 tracks. I usually won’t be recording any more than 2 tracks at a time, but if I need to do that I can always use my standalone machines. So I’m thinking of buying a 2 channel interface (something like the Focusrite Scarlett), …If it sounds good and functions well.
My second question is …What kind of specs should I look for in a computer that will be used for recording?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.