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    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    You are however using a PC to contact HR? I doubt you could do as well on a phone? You can easily defeat network services on a PC so you won't get distracted by the Infernalweb. Games? Well don't load them up? The games built into Windows can be stopped/uninstalled I think. I nave had this HP i3 laptop some 5 years, never even LOOKED at a game much less played one!

    Many people here eschew internet on their main music PC . I think you will struggle with a 'stand alone' recording system, you have already realized that MIDI will be a problem? Others will follow I am sure.

    If you want quality, low latency, super stable drivers, MIDI and Cubase, look at the Native Instruments KA6.

    Dave.
    Hey Dave. I really appreciate your input. I am currently using a chromebook which only runs google chrome. I am currently "detoxing" (for lack of a better word) from the unhealthy behaviours I was engaging in. Hopefully (and most likely) in time I will be able to use a computer without being at risk of the slippery slope that I have fallen down in the past. Removing internet capabilities is a great idea and is one I will most likely explore. I have tried force of will with games. I get that for some people it works. But for me, it just did not work. It was a way of self medicating my depression. A way of escaping the doom and gloom that my mind was wearing like very dark tinted glasses.

    I can see that my original goal was too ambitious and unrealistic. I have refined it to the point where I really just want something for the songwriting process. When I feel like I want to polish things up a bit more, I will cross that bridge when I come to it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinky View Post
    Along the same lines as Dave is suggesting, you could use a non-gaming caliber laptop for production. Just needs to be a relatively new (say 3000 series or newer) i5 Intel with 8GB of RAM. SSD drive would help. RAM and SSD are do it yourself upgrades. This way you have the computer power you need without the temptation, or ability to easily upgrade for gaming use.
    Well, I have sworn off gaming for good. But I still need time to become safe in front of a proper computer again. Currently I am using a chromebook which only runs google chrome. It's similar to a gambling addiction. In fact I was going to group therapy where most of the people were there for gambling but I still found it helpful.

    Anyways, I appreciate your suggestion. I have a decent desktop PC sitting at my Uncle's house and if I can remove the networking capability, I think that would be sufficient.

    As I mentioned in reply to Dave, I have changed the scope of my initial post. I am now just concentrating on the songwriting part of my journey. I can start messing around with samples and adding effects to the drums etc at a later time. I want to get the riffs and basic drum patterns down for now.

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    Have you considered a 'Looper' pedal or amp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    Have you considered a 'Looper' pedal or amp?

    Dave.
    Hey Dave. Thanks for the suggestion. I have looked at the TC Wiretap Riff Repeater. The thing with that is, my amp (Line 6 Spider iv 75w) has build in effects. So unless I can use the stereo line out I can only record a dry signal.

    The amp does have some loop functionality but I have only played with it a bit and it seemed lacking. However I will keep digging. Good suggestion.

    Thanks again,
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    "Anyways, I appreciate your suggestion. I have a decent desktop PC sitting at my Uncle's house and if I can remove the networking capability, I think that would be sufficient."

    That desktop is unlikely to have inbuilt WiFi capability* and so, if you don't plug in an RJ45 cable you cannot get on the net!
    Re the games? We are always being told we should make a backup 'image' of our hard drives, so do that and then uninstall the games. Then, at some future date, the computer could be returned to status quo. Actually! You could turn a problem into a blessing! If the DT PC uses a mechanical hard drive, get an SSD then clone the HD to that. Most SSDs come with a cloning prog'.

    *In fact, WiFi is often Public Enemy #1 for smooth audio work and is best disabled anyway.

    BTW, you can get RJ45 outlets with a switch, intended to stop kids and employees wasting their time! Fit one such and give the key to someone. Then IF you need internet, driver dld say, you can get on for the duration.

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    Ok, so after some hunting I think I have found some interesting options.

    There is something called Soundtrap which is a pretty bare bones DAW that runs in a web browser. The Chromebook I have probably won't be able to run very many tracks simultaneously but all I really want is a midi drum track and 2 guitars. I could look to grab a better one in the future because you can dual boot Linux for more options.

    But this seems to be the best route for now to at least get some song ideas down. I will have to get a new audio interface because my Steinberg CI1 will not work with a Chromebook but that is not a huge deal. I will look to pick up a Shure SM 57/58 so I can record off of my amp's speaker. I think this is the the cheapest and safest option so far.

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