Tiny laptop for Max/msp

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Tiny laptop for Max/msp

Post by lionelfischer » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:19 pm

Besides the tiny GDP Win2 laptop, is there anything else similar size (could be a tablet also) with more than 6GB Ram that could run sample heavy max patches (40 tracks of uncompressed audio, but just doing simple volume and pitch adjustments)

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Re: Tiny laptop for Max/msp

Post by skautkurt » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:06 pm

How about a Thinkpad x230? 12.5" Screen (the IPS one is waaaay nicer), quite okay Batterylife,
a good CPU, and often sold with 8GB and an SSD on ebay. Best thing: they are cheap as chips. :75: They most likely will have some blemishes, as a lot of them are leasing devices, but I really like them. (also quite tough and light, and the x230 is the first gen with 2 USB 3.0 Ports)

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Post by ersatzplanet » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:39 pm

Look at used machines. There are always great deals for used laptops that are still powerful enough to run Max/Msp on.

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Re: Tiny laptop for Max/msp

Post by rjungemann » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:47 pm

I'm using my Surface Go mostly for playing softsynths in Reaper with an external controller, and mucking around with Max atm. Just be sure to get the 8GB version. It's not a powerhouse but totally fine for audio and light coding.

An app combo that I really like is LoopMIDI + XotoPad. XotoPad is a multi-touch interface like TouchOSC or something, but can be used as an MPE controller a little like GeoShred but simpler. With it, you can make MPE synths in Max with the new MC polyphony feature, and then play them on the same machine with XotoPad.
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Re: Tiny laptop for Max/msp

Post by Ears » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:43 pm

I bought a refurbished Surface Go! for use with my Haken Continuumini when I travel. It’s so tiny but works really well for the editor (which I think is written in Max).

And gonna check XotoPad - def am a fan of touch and outside of iOS it seems to be ignored as a music UI gamechanger.

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Re: Tiny laptop for Max/msp

Post by hamildad » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:36 am

holding out for an update on the Surface Go model which is planned for Spring summer.

I was always on the fence but if the rumours of a processor upgrade are true, I will be using that for Live Suite and Max, but going to be realistic about what it can handle without glitching out.
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