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drummerboi
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Post Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:48 pm

I've been playing for a long time and i've been around the music scene quite a bit but....... i've been noticing an increasing number of drummers using laptop computers in their setups. I'm just wondering if they are using the laptops for loops or what. If they are'nt ... then what programs are they using and for what? If any one has any info please let me know wtf!!
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Post Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:00 pm

I'm looking forward to adding a laptop myself :)
as far practicing goes:
-finally I could whatch drumming videos and practice with them
-a better metronome :)
-easy to create playalongs :)

as far as gigs/playing with a band goes:
-loops&samples made in Reason 3 triggered with Akai MPD-16 or MPD-32...
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Post Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:13 am

that's pretty much what i figured out to be..... but using it in your practice set up sounds like it could benifit quite a bit. I think i might try it out. Thanks Qbs!!!!
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Post Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:55 pm

I don't trust laptops
There have been too many times that I have seen them crash/freeze up
I find hardware much more reliable
The less computer the better
You say irritant, I say catalyst
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Post Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:16 am

yeah, I used to use an EMU E5000 for triggering sounds, but basically everything's stored on a harddrive in there anyway so I was probably just fooling myself.

Seems like EVERYBODY's using laptops onstage for some application these days, so there must be a way to be relatively sure of stability.
Maybe keeping them really clean/uncluttered except for the audio apps you need?