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Portable Beatmaking on a Macbook Pro...Audio Interface or No


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HI There:

This never really occurred to me to ask this question until now, so let me explain and then I'll ask.

 

I am going to be away from home a few times for the rest of the year, mainly visiting family. This will also be a really good time for me to catch up on making beats.

 

I have Logic Pro 9.1.8 running on my Macbook Pro (early 2011 with 2.2GHz i7 chip and 8GB RAM) with Mountain Lion. The setup I plan to use is to use a Keystation Mini 32 MIDI controller for my keyboard, and use my iPad as a control surface (V-Control Pro). Oh, and also the cool new ControlSkin dealie that Logic Cafe is selling as another "control surface."

 

All of my music is going to be electronic music, so sample-based stuff.

 

So now my question: given the above, could I do without having to carry/use an external audio interface? Could the Core Audio within OS X be sufficient to produce 16-bit audio, or could that produce bottlenecks that can cause issues? I do have an audio interface, and it's portable, but I'd prefer to leave it home if possible.

 

Any insight you can offer, including pros and cons, would be very helpful. Thanks so much!

 

Best,

Velanche

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If you're not going to record anything, you can leave it. The interface does not make any difference to the soundquality of offline bounces. You should use 24 bits though, the built in audio chip and coreaudio can give you that, no reason not to use it. Mixing with 16 bit is "narrower", there's less headroom.
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Hey thanks a lot, Eriksimon; I appreciate the response.

 

Very good point you brought up on the headroom, which will be pretty handy as I build up tracks for a song and desire more options.

 

I guess I'm pretty much ready for the studio away from my usual gear when I'm away!

 

Best,

V.

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