A computer that requires 30 minutes to reboot and restart your project is definitely the kind to NOT take on stage. My current laptop can reboot and restart a project in a couple minutes. It might feel like forever on stage
@LyingDalai - I think one can get lost in editing everything with hardware as well…take eurorack for example…there’s really not much limitation happening there! The ability to accept a result is something required in completing projects in any realm.
@bradleyallen - I have a lenovo p50, that when all was said and done ended up being a little over 3k. It was primarily for work purposes (database engineering) so I went with a xeon processor vs the i7 (vmware stuff), it has 2x1tb SSDs, 64GB of RAM and a 4GB GPU. It rarely crashes, and when it does it’s normally in the studio when I’m experimenting with way too many vsts and max plugins, the amount that a sensible person would not be using. I use it for FX and Vocal Processing mostly and I have never had it crash on stage. Anytime I’ve had issues with a computer setup it’s from using systems or gear in the chain that weren’t up to spec. IMHO SSDs and a well maintained OS are key.
but really you don’t even need some super computer to gig reliably. you just need to know how to take care of your system, and how to configure your project intelligently. It’s amazing how many people don’t take advantage of freezing and bouncing tracks. also crashing isn’t just related to computers…seems like people are power cycling elektron devices here and there. Ive had a make noise rene that required a periodic power cycling to become responsive. Malfunctions happen, and honestly people paying 5$ for a show need to be patient lol. Even if I paid a larger sum of money, i probably wouldn’t care if a more established act had technical difficulties, it happened to Author & Punisher during a show and the crowd didn’t seem to mind. Ive seen indie guitarists break a string and finish the song but have to replace it before the next. I ate some tater tots and conversed with my wife for the 5 minutes the music was stopped. it was great.
@jb - instead of setting up the computer each time, just make a template project. I have a variety of templates setup for different gear configurations and goals. This is also something I do with the Octatrack. I have skeleton projects for different configurations, just copy it over and GO. Also with software you are very close to noise as well lol, I could single click ableton open, drag a single m4l plugin (nyquist) and it immediately starts making noise…equivalent two buttons.
I feel like there is a lot of anti computer sentiment happening that comes with what seems like a lack of computer knowledge, which I’m not saying negatively, most people are end users to me (even quite a few software engineers…). Ryoji Ikeda & Grischa Lichtenberger use computers quite a bit for visual audio performances. There was a time when Autechre was primarily using computers for Max MSP…Merzbow, Ventian Snares, Skinny Puppy, Richard Devine…this list could go on. Hell I saw Edward Ka Spel with Amanda Palmer last year and it was a nord lead (amanda), a violin (some guy) and laptop + a small midi controller (edward).
An example, a DJ (funny we all have lots of DJ computer folly stores) was about to play his set, opened his system and “Windows is installing Updates” LOL. He hates computers now because it’s the computer’s fault. Never-mind that he could have; updated his box before hand, turned off updating, rebooted his system prior to the show at home to make sure. Lots of things that just take a little computer knowledge. Ive been there too though, at one time I was trying to do things with Ableton that were just completely inefficient. I blamed ableton at first, but once I read the manual I realized it was user error.
I can understand some people just not feeling creative behind x or y medium. That is real, and you do you. However, I feel in any art community we should strive to not bring negative connotations to mediums we don’t click with or just don’t understand?