I play guitar and love to write little songs and record them, but for years I’ve been stymied because no modern laptops can handle real-time recording, and I’m baffled.
My previous laptop was an HP Spectre i7 that had bad latency issues.
After that was a Sager muscle-machine gaming laptop with another i7 and 12gb ram.
My newest laptop is a Gigabyte Aero 15 with a beastly i7 and 16gb ram (soon to be upgraded to more ram).
The Aero has no programs added yet, but Latency Mon says it cannot handle real-time recording if I open FireFox while the Latency Monitor is running. I don’t get it. Why can no laptops handle real time recording?
I particularly don’t get it because the bulk of recording I did on run of the mill desktops. Cheap ones, around $500. I’ve been told my old cheap desktops had far better sound cards and expensive new laptops have cards designed for other purposes. But I’ve also seen HP’s Spectres listed as a great musician’s set-up.
I’ve gone around and around with the folks at FocusRite to get my USB recording interface to work, and we’ve determined it simply won’t work–there’s a few milliseconds latency so I can’t record over anything due to the impossible delay.
I bought the Aero for the muscle and future-proof for multi-use—I do a lot of graphics work so that was my first preference, but I just don’t get how my old cheap desktops could handle real-time recording so easily but expensive laptops can’t.
What am I missing