Can you just freeze, disconnect and use as-is? Get another computer for interwebs-required tasks.
You can probably do with a cheaper laptop, and you'll probably like having a dedicated machine for
just local audio stuff anyway.
John Chester's posting about disabling auto-run on USB drives is important if you go the stand-alone
For $700 savings, I'd try the stand-alone option first and see if it works. Maybe just try it out
for a month near the end of 2013. If it really sucks for your workflows, then you have time to
decide on another course.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Kolovos" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Audio workstation recommendations?
> Hey all--
> My primary software is Adobe Audition 2.0 and 5.5. I also run Diamond Cut 7, but use it very
> There's also a gaggle of smaller applications I use: e.g. BWF Metaedit, NCH's Switch, Nero Burning
> Rom (can't remember the version), Better File Rename, the software for my thermal CD/DVD labeling
> machine, as well as Access, Excel, etc--as well as drivers for my steadfast USB Plextor Premium
> burners, the DAL CardDeluxe. I'm pretty sure the thermal labeler is not supported past XP, and
> that's one thing I still really need.
> MAC is probably out of the question due to my need for PCI/PCIe slots--especially since the new
> Mac Pro no longer seems to have them, not to mention we could not afford one regardless.
> My plan was to go with a fuller version of Win 7 rather than 8. I also have a Mac Mini with XP
> installed on a Bootcamp partition--and I might just move that to a VM using Parallels or VMWare
> The only real bummer to me in all this--outside of the irritating recalcitrance of Microsoft in
> general--is Apogee's lack of FW 400 support for the Rosetta past XP, which will now require me to
> spend at least $700 on a D-sub interface and cables so I can keep using the hardware.
> Andy Kolovos, Ph.D., MLS
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