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Tech review: why use Surface Book 2 with Ableton 10


Buzz.ie tested Ableton Live 10 suite running on Microsoft’s Surface Book 2

Surface Book 2 is the latest Microsoft machine challenging Apple’s dominance as the preferred hardware of choice for most DJs and producers.

Macs and MacBook Pros have long since been number one in the audio creation field.  

Apple’s purchase of Logic Pro in the early noughties was a clever and significant move.

But in recent years, Microsoft has been winning over creators with its Surface range of laptops and tablets.

The first Windows machines that I felt were powerful, versatile and reliable enough to run a DAW on were the Surface Pro 3 and 4 laptop/tablet hybrids.

The newer Surface Book 2 – reviewed in full earlier this year on Buzz.ie – is a veritable dream machine for creators.

Obviously Windows machines cannot run Logic Pro as it is built for Mac OS only. But there are alternatives.

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I tested out Ableton Live Suite 10 on the Surface Book 2 and it breezed through even the most complex processor-hungry tasks.

One highly welcome new feature on Ableton Live Suite 10 has got full touchscreen support.

Go into the preferences section under Look and Feel and enable the Pen Tablet Mode and all your faders and knobs will work correctly with touch.

A good resource for anyone wishing to use Ableton on a Surface machine is Robin Vincent’s http://surfaceproaudio.com

Microsoft Surface Book 2 costs from €1349.00 at https://www.microsoft.com/en-ie and Surface Pro costs from €959.

 

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