Topic: Laptop for 2 x 32 channel recording (Firewire & MADI / ExpressCard)
we're planning to record 64 channels, with 32 from a proprietary device connected via Firewire and 32 via MADI.
Can any recommendations be given on a laptop (read: portable solution for on-the-go recordings, power consumption is an issue)?
Two alternatives come to mind:
- A MacBook Pro. Non-retina versions offer 1x Firewire and 1x Thunderbolt. Using a Sonnet Box, we would connect a HDSPe MADI PCIe. Retina Macs come with two Thunderbolt lanes, so we could use the Sonnet box and an adapter to Firewire.
- A PC based system, although, ExpressCard _and_ IEEE1394 seems hard to come by these days.
Also, there remains the issue of comatibility, i.e. can such a system handle 2x32 channels via Firewire and Expresscard or on two different Thunderbolt lanes?
On the software-side, we have a custom solution which is working for similar setups with reduced number of channels (e.g. Fireface 400 & Fireface UC).
Any experiences or suggestions?