I’m considering going from an outboard mixer/gear setup to running Cubase 10 Pro on a laptop (current rig pic below). Yes, giving up most or all the outboard to run C10 on a laptop and audio interface. My use model has evolved over the years and I need portability more than the ability to record 16+ channels at once. I already have the UR-RT2 but will likely get the 4 channel version or perhaps the UR824 - USB connectivity is preferred for simplicity. So, a few questions:
With no outboard compressors, I’ll need to keep overages/transients in check. I can insert a compressor plugin on the input bus and it does appear to function like an outboard comp. Is the compression happening before the A/D conversion so any clipping is prevented?
Whatever laptop I end up with will be running Windows 10. Is there a specific version that’s best (Home, Premium, etc)?
My current rig (Sweetwater Creation Station) is running 16Gb of RAM and has no trouble handling any C10 project I throw at it. Any laptop I use will likely have the same amount of RAM. Any issues with that amount of RAM on a laptop with C10, and, are there any other issues with laptops I should know about before pulling the trigger?
Appreciate any insights or suggestions.