It’s well known to some but not to others, that I make a little music. Well, a LOT of music. I’m also a gadget guy and I’ve always been fascinated with coming up with solutions for portable production (and recording). Believe it or not, this little bundle below is all I need on the go, save for a good portable microphone. In my case, I use the Apogee MiC 96k (not pictured).
When most of us think of portable music production, our thoughts most likely turn to a traditional laptop. I’ve never really cared to stick with conventional means, so I opted for a laptop “replacement.” Enter the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and as for my controller I chose the Akai MPC Studio. The SP4 packs the same power as your traditional laptop. This model has a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. The MPC software is pretty solid for beatmaking and production, the same exact software you’d run with the Studio’s big brother Renaissance.
A few tweaks here and there to maximize uptime and minimize latency, you’re ready to go. The built in drivers aren’t bad, as the Surface Pro 4 runs full Windows 10 Pro. I’d also recommend installing ASIO4All as your audio driver if you REALLY want to tweak the settings. In the end, the results are pretty good.
(Ed: for the record, FL Studio works pretty well on the Surface Pro.)
I also intend to continue experimenting using Native Instruments Maschine and other production software. Send in pics of your portable music production tools to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and details to be featured on the site!