logging back onto this forum, just seen some of my silly rants about modules/samplers, but hopefully some of you might still be willing to give me some advice!
i've finally ordered a zx and i've already got a few modules and hardware samplers i use in electro acoustic set ups. however i'm coming round to the idea of wanting to use software instead, having recently having a go with some daws, in particular ableton, with some keyboard and finger drum controller action!
so my question really is if/when i decide to rely on a laptop for my zendrum what set up would people recommend? please bear in mind i still don't really know what i'm doing half the time with my electronics, even as things stand, and i haven't fathomed out the mysteries of midi or how to make the most of my laptop to make music. i mean, it took me about two days to work out how to get my controller to work with live, d'oh!
i've been looking at battery 3 and i think that's probably a good option for me, both in terms of budget and application. i'm more interested in synthetic, ethnic sounds and also being able to use my own samples and loops in a simple and straight forward program. so i think i'm fairly set on that.
what i could really do with some advice on though is any suitable hardware set up to get the most out of my zendrum and battery 3, although on a budget! i guess i mean things like sound cards, midi/usb interfaces. i haven't really looked in to what a muse receptor is/does, other than understanding it kinda works as a hardware module for all your software (is this right?) but i think that for the moment that's going to be out of my price range anyway. so how best to connect my zendrum to my laptop (latency etc.) and then how best to connect my laptop to the pa. yes as you can see i really am a complete dunce with electronics, anything more than tuning up a skin and bashing it with a stick is a challenge!
so i guess the most straight forward and budget conscious laptop set up is what i'm after really, both for recording and live, but mainly thinking about live performance. i know that some of the people i play with are going to freak out for an age if they see me get out a big wooden wedge instead of a drum kit and electronic pads, and they'll probably be even more concerned if i then wip out a laptop (with vista!) rather than a module/sampler!
anyway, thanks very much in advance for any advice/insights from anyone. sorry if this is the kind of boring newbie 'hardware or software' question you come across like every week or something!