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Hey, so as I'm sure you can guess. I'm in the market for a new laptop. I started Djing a little while ago and have been playing live. Mine cut out once during the show so its time to replace her (5 years old anyway but cutting edge when i got it.)

So oddly enough two of the features im really focusing on are:

The sound card (may be a non-issue as unless you guys surprise me I'm pretty sure laptops still don't have dedicated sound cards)

//And the more realistic of the two.

Dual headphone outputs. This would allow me to use the cue/solo feature to preview tracks before I mix them in via Ableton live.

I have seen a select few HP laptops have them when I went to the store in person, but online its one of those features they never list specifically. So is there any way( list of known models ) or otherwise to find out which laptops will have dual headphones jacks reliably ?


//side note it would be nice to find one with a basic dedicated video card too for light gaming (I have a desktop as well) but with this setup would I be right in saying that the CPU should be my priority?
post #2 of 11
I'd recommend going to notebookreview.com they have a larger notebook community than here

I know the HP Envy 15 has dual headphone jacks
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Use a 3.5mm Y-male-female splitter. However, if you go this method, tracks will only be in mono.
 
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I'd recommend going to notebookreview.com they have a larger notebook community than here
I know the HP Envy 15 has dual headphone jacks

Thanks I will check this out!

(I'm usually a desktop builder so this is my first go to resource for any build or computer purchasing query. Appreciate the redirect haha!)
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Originally Posted by Blindrage606 View Post

Use a 3.5mm Y-male-female splitter. However, if you go this method, tracks will only be in mono.

Not the same, totally not the same. I know I originally thought this too after reading the title.

I'd recommend in investing in midi devices, that's how I'm rolling right now for my audio outs for shows, and its so much nicer than using the audio outs direct from the laptop.

APC20/40s are a great place to start for Ableton Live. I personally use FLStudio, but I have a fair bit of live experience. My friend uses an APC rig for his shows with ableton, and I was literally blown away from the difference.
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HP Envy 15, but get a 3.5 y splitter. I think that will suit you fine. I don't know if it makes it mono. I don't think all of them should.
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HP Envy 15, but get a 3.5 y splitter. I think that will suit you fine. I don't know if it makes it mono. I don't think all of them should.

Guys he needs basically 2 separate sound cards in the laptop, dude you really need to use DJ gear to get this kinda performance.
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Not the same, totally not the same. I know I originally thought this too after reading the title.
I'd recommend in investing in midi devices, that's how I'm rolling right now for my audio outs for shows, and its so much nicer than using the audio outs direct from the laptop.
APC20/40s are a great place to start for Ableton Live. I personally use FLStudio, but I have a fair bit of live experience. My friend uses an APC rig for his shows with ableton, and I was literally blown away from the difference.

Im actually using an APC 40 now. I have been doing live gigs for a few weeks now, (taking a break during exam time, as the venue I'm at is mostly visited by students anyway)

The main motivation for the two headphone jacks is to have two sound outputs enabling me to use the cue/solo feature inside Ableton Live to preview tracks before I bring them into the main mix.

Also for what Im doing would I be right in saying that CPU should be my main focus?

Also i looked on the notebook review site and they seem to just automatically rank the AMD chips lower. For instance:
AMD A8-3850 is in position #43 while Intel Core i7-2620M #42 but the AMD chip has higher numbers then many of the chips above it?

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

Finally reliability is the main concern with this machine. I don't want this thing to EVER over heat and crash. The current machine (a 5 year old compaq) crashed near the end of my last show, and it killed the mood (luckily I had my ipod ready just in case, and just swapped the input over minimizing the hiccup. So I don't want a monster chip that will just overheat all day. And location of the fan vents is also really important. Like main intake and outtake on the bottom is a terrible design. (and space in the booth is limited....)

Screen real estate is also pretty valuable because it lets me see more decks/effects without scrolling. (I can still manipulate them via the apc but its nice not to have to memorize things in advance.)

Thanks for all your help guys!
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Mixing is very CPU intensive, so yes the CPU is the priority. I use my sig rig for big gigs to be honest. My toshiba sattelite's done a good enough job when I needed to switch to it, but that's really rare.

Doesn't an APC 40 have the 2 audio outs on it?
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Mixing is very CPU intensive, so yes the CPU is the priority. I use my sig rig for big gigs to be honest. My toshiba sattelite's done a good enough job when I needed to switch to it, but that's really rare.
Doesn't an APC 40 have the 2 audio outs on it?

It does but I was under the impression that it had to be from the laptop itself.

also I was considering just getting something with a awesome processor now but with the ability to upgrade the Graphics card (because I like having a dedicated card, but am not sure which laptops support adding a graphics card later.)

is there any way to tell?

Also isn't your main machine a desktop? That must be a pain for gigging. I was thinking laptop for portability.
Edited by MoxVoid - 4/9/12 at 12:27pm
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