After months of research on everything from Chipsets to most major manufacturers hardware specs I have created this beast. For the Laptop I chose the new Sager 8790 for just pure power. It seems to be the most powerful PC notebook out there. Here is the Laptop Config.
1. 3.4Ghz HT 800mhtz FSB
2. 2 Gig's of RAM
3. DVD +/- Burner
4. 256MB ATI 9700 Video Card
5. Gigabit Ethernet/Wireles A/G/B & Bluetooth
6. (2)60 gig 7200 RPM internal Drives
7. Internal Web Cam/7 card reader/Numeric Keypad
8. Siig PCMIA Firewire 800 card
9. Wireless Mouse
For Audio Connections I wanted Reliability and features in a single space rack. For this I chose the Motu 828 Mk2. I have used this card since it came out and can't say enough great things about it. The Motu 828Mk2 is connected to the 12Ch. XLR breakout on the back of the case for easy interfacing on the stage or in the studio.
For storage I wanted Fast access and huge volume. I needed it to be able to house my 500 gig SFX library and all my Software Plugin samples and the Kontakt & Gigastudio libraries. For this I went with (2) Lacie 500Gig Big Disk Extremes. Lacie Drives
These are connected via Firewire 800 to get more dataflow in those big sessions or more streaming "insurance".
To round out the safety factor I also installed the new Furman rackmount UPS so incase you are onstage and the power cable gets kicked out, you get a good 15 min to resolve the problem without the rig going down. Inside the case there is also a USB 2.0 Hub with all the USB Keys attached for various software. This is out of sight so there is less of a chance for them to pop out or get taken when I am not looking...
For quick midi controls we also installed an Oxygen 8 on top for performance and writing. I also plan to add the new M-Audio Keystation 88 to the stand when it becomes available.
The Case.... My biggest concern was Small as possible and light. I designed the case with Tim over at A&S in Hollywood. They did an amazing job of bringing this case design to life. It is only 14 inches deep
so it can easily fit on a standard Apex keyboard stand and is about the size of a 76 key controller. There are (2) 2 space racks in the front and the back. The laptop is suspended so that there is adequate airflow to the CPU. The Laptop and Oxygen 8 are securely placed in cut out foam around the units and the cover has all the secuity foam to keep the units in place when traveling.
Last but not least the software to get the job done. I totally loaded this baby up. Here is the List.
Cakewalk Sonar 3.1
Various Shareware Synths
Well , just thought I'd share my rig with you guys just in case anyone else was thinking of putting a rig like this together. As far as performance it rocks. Just did a commercial spot running 48 track of SFX and 7 synths with only 50% of the cpu going in Nuendo. Can't wait to get more mileage out of it. I love my Sager........