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I started a thread in computers http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...bang-buck.html thinking that it might be the place.

I know that all things come in good time. If to run REW do I absolutely need the most expensive laptop money can buy? I know it cant be for the sound card because none of them are really that great.
If I will need to buy an external sound card regardless, then this will make my search easier. Do I need one with the fastest processor?

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No special needs for REW. Any old computer running XP will suffice. Maybe you can buy an old one from a friend that he has stored in a closet.

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If I understand, I will need a usb port for an external sound card?
All cabling and mic, will plug into sound card?
How about the spl meter?

I am not doing anything yet, however I am just wanting to make sure I understand everything ( and equipment involved) before making the next step.

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For an SPL meter you can get a free app on your phone that will do the job.
As far as a sound card as long as the PC has an internal one that has a line input your good to go. Ideally you should get This mic the mini dsp umik1
http://www.minidsp.com/products/acou...urement/umik-1
It plugs directly into the usb port on the PC and your good to go.

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Re: Help make the best choice

To perhaps clarify Tony’s comments a bit, whether or not you need an external sound card depends on the mic you choose. With a USB mic like the UMIK no external sound card is needed. It’s only necessary with a traditional mic like the Dayton EMM-6, that uses an XLR mic cable.

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So that I understand! I guess like most audio, everything is as good as the weakest link?

I have been looking at laptops thinking I needed to have one with decent sound card. So I get directed to an HP with beats audio. Now I am thinking that it needs to be able process a very large frequency range.
This particular model will only go to around 31hz. Am I wrong in thinking that if I want to know what my system is doing thus my subs I want to be able to get down to around 15hz.
Am I wrong?
Now my understanding is that on the (a) laptop the line out 3.5 is dual purpose. However this mic in question plugs into usb so the pc/laptop in question most definitely needs a usb port.

Now if possible to use on board sound card, and mic in question, and of course REW software that i will not have any issues performing said task?
Although needing assistance in deciphering analysis.

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I have been looking at laptops thinking I needed to have one with decent sound card. So I get directed to an HP with beats audio.

This particular model will only go to around 31hz. Am I wrong in thinking that if I want to know what my system is doing thus my subs I want to be able to get down to around 15hz.
Am I wrong?
Absolutely not. The sound card will be what generates the signal that the mic will measurement, so it needs to be accurate. My understanding is that most laptops these days fit the bill, but apparently not all Ė is this an older or low-end model that youíre considering?


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Now my understanding is that on the (a) laptop the line out 3.5 is dual purpose. However this mic in question plugs into usb so the pc/laptop in question most definitely needs a usb port.
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Now if possible to use on board sound card, and mic in question, and of course REW software that i will not have any issues performing said task?
Shouldnít, especially if itís a Windows computer.

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Absolutely not. The sound card will be what generates the signal that the mic will measurement, so it needs to be accurate. My understanding is that most laptops these days fit the bill, but apparently not all – is this an older or low-end model that you’re considering?

Read more: http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...#ixzz3Vj5xGosN
This is the model that I was looking at.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-...&skuId=3008063

I might be wrong about the specs on the sound card, however that was all I could come up with.

If anyone has other information I would appreciate.

Otherwise what choice would I make that would have an acceptable sound card, that would not break the bank.

This Hp model is probably still more than I would like to spend. I feel I really only need for the purpose of REW.

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This is the model that I was looking at.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-...&skuId=3008063

I might be wrong about the specs on the sound card, however that was all I could come up with.
Where do you see sound card specs? They arenít jumping at me.

If this is only for REW, why not just buy a used computer? Iíve had good luck for years buying used laptops from vendors on ebay. Never paid more than ~$250 for one, and I could have paid a lot less for models even older with slower processors. REW doesnít take any processing power. The laptop I was using before the one I have now probably dates back to the early2000s and only had a 1.2 MHz processor and 500 MB RAM, and REW ran just fine.

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Like I said that was all that I could come up with. No one in store could provide other than doing a search and coming up with a forum or something about the beats audio that the pc came with.
It had something to do with an equalizer that had adjustments at 31hz.

Really the bottom line for me is if any old laptop would work with the sound card that it comes with then that is good enough for me.

The only other time besides REW, that it would be needed would be if my desktop crashes. Just a backup.

Other than that if just for another device I would probably get an ipad.

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