Hi all - I am new to this forum and returning to music after a long break.
I’m in the process of putting together a DAW. My last studio was 30 years ago and I’m going through a fairly step learning curve, coming from the era of 8 track tape recorders, analogue synths, samplers and rack mount effect processing units.
I purchased a Surface Book 3 laptop with 16 Gb of RAM a few months back and have tried using this with Cubase LE AI. I am having issues with processing even when only doing fairly minimal MIDI and audio track recordings. Even transferring audio recordings from old cassette tapes to audio was causing dropouts as in small sections of music were missing on mixdown. The specs of the Surface Book 3 are 10th Gen Intel quad Core i7-1065G7 1.3GHz (8M Cache, 3.0GHz Max Turbo) with 16Gb RAM. I believe the issue of using this laptop as a DAW is the Turbo feature and the variation in processing power ranging from 1.3 to 3.0GHz. depending on demand.
My first question is - Is anyone else having issues with this type of setup, and if so are there any tweakings that can be done to fix the issue? I have been told that under power management there are some USB settings that can be configured to boost performance, however this USB setting option does not appear on the Surface Book.
My second question relates to if there is a need for me to upgrade to another PC. If compiling a PC from scratch, what should I look for in terms on components to have a well functioning DAW? I am doing home studio work only which will consist mostly of internal MIDI instruments, external synths and occasional audio recording with lots of effect processing. My style of music is ambient/orchestral and will potentially involve some high end sampling libraries ie: Spitfire audio? How much RAM, size and type of processor, type of HD etc should I aim for. Any feedback would be very very useful as a guide.
Thanks for your help.