How many plugins and VST instruments can the Surface Pro 2017 handle? I’ve run exhaustive tests of many different DAWs with many different plug-ins and can now offer a demonstration of the Surface Pro’s potential for music production and reliability. IT’s GOOD! I’ll also show the thermal and CPU stability issues I encountered and how […]
I’m currently in the middle of testing audio and music production performance on the Surface Pro 2017. It takes a long time to do so I wanted to update you on where I am and give you a sneak preview of the sort of results I’m getting. Full report coming soon!
How well does music software run on a Surface Pro (2017) out of the box? Using the onboard sound I tested Reaktor, Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Reason and Waveform to see if they can run glitch free. This is without any tweaking or setup – just install and go! I think you’ll […]
There’s a new Surface Pro and so here’s a new season of testing it with audio and music production software and hardware. Will the 2017 Surface Pro work well for music? Will it glitch and pop? Will it let us run all sorts of audio software and hardware? These are the questions this new season […]
This is the question I’m going to get asked a lot over the next few days, weeks and months. Or at least until the Surface Pro 5 comes along and the question migrates to the newest version of the platform. Although my stock answer is always “I don’t know until I’ve tried it” here’s my […]
How long can you keep jamming music running on just the Surface Book batteries? We set Ableton Live running a big project, while powering an audio interface and keyboard controller over USB to see how long it would take to drain the battery. How did it do?
I didn’t test Sonar on the Surface Pro 4 back in the “Mega test” so this is the first time I’ve really put it through its paces. It certainly didn’t disappoint. I was able to get full use of the Pro Channel effects over my 16 track test song plus a bunch of other CPU […]
Back in the “Mega test” video I did back in May 2016 Pro Tools was the worst behaving DAW on the Surface Pro 4. Now, things may have changed. Previously it would click and pop and glitch on the most basic projects. Now it seems to be stable loading up plug-in after plug-in until the […]
How well does PreSonus Studio One run on the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4? Well let’s find out. In the last testing I did back in May 2016 Studio One struggled on the SP4. It would glitch and pop unless you disabled multi-processing and ran it on one Core. That worked but didn’t exactly […]
Reaktor 6.1 has just been released with Ableton Link support. So I got out my Surface Pro 4 running Ableton Live and “Ableton Linked” it directly to the Surface Book running Reaktor 6.1 EASY! No cables, no messing around – instant tempo sync. Awesome!