Just retired and also acquired a new Dell laptop (for working) and Essential 5 (for fun). Experienced keyboardist (blues mainly) and currently playing in a blues band but minimal experience of midi/cubase/digital recording. Note posts on other threads re Dell laptops and would appreciate any general advice on how best to get started.
I have an inspiron n5101 i5 processor, 4gb and 500 gb drive.
Plan to use for homestudio work - initially programming backing for home development of new band tracks so probably quite simplistic to start with - but possibly using to substitute for others in the band in a live situation.
What external audio interfaces do I require or can I just use what’s in the Dell.
Do I need any other hardware? Software?
Can anyone advise the best/fastest way to get up to speed on Cubase - any recommendations on books? Hardware?
All suggestions gratefully received.