This is how you get the Surface Book to behave for music and audio production. A full in-depth guide to the Windows tweaks that are going to matter. Every setting is fully explained so that you know the reasons for and the results of every tweak. I will be releasing a quicker, simpler cut of […]
I wanted to try to demonstrate how Windows tweaks have a positive effect on music software. So in this video I show Pro Tools, Cubase and Reaktor running on an out-of-the-box, untweaked Surface Book – there are some issues. I then tweak the Surface Book and come back to the tests to see what’s improved. […]
Microsoft have leant me a Surface Book – woohoo! I’ve got it for a month or two and I hope to be able to install a lot of music software and run a load of tests to see how well it behaves. In my last video I demonstrated how Pro Tools seems to be running […]
Pro Tools ran really poorly in my “Mega Test” back in May, so I’ve returned to see if the Windows and Surface updates have improved things. The idea is to see if it will record 8 tracks of audio and let me run a bunch of effects. Will it work? At the same time it […]
One annoying issue I’ve had ever since I got the Surface Pro 4 is that the Wi-Fi connection would drop every time I plug in a USB3.0 device. It could be a USB3.0 hub, a USB3.0 drive or thumb drive. Everything worked perfectly through it but the internet would disappear. After a lot of faffing […]
On the 26th October Microsoft threw the Surface Studio into the party as the ultimate all-in-one desktop creative station. It pushes down into a console or drawing table and has this fascinating Surface Dial thing that could have all sorts of knobby features. It’s certainly killed the iMac but is it any good for music […]
I ran some tests before and after the Windows 10 anniversary update dropped to see if anything had changed. Here’s the results from my Surface Pro 4 and my desktop running Cubase, Pro Tools, Reason, FL Studio, Bitwig and Ableton Live.
I’ve been working on getting deeper into Reaktor Blocks and integrating it with external gear. I want to show how great touch works with the modular parts of Reaktor. It becomes it’s own instrument. You don’t have to mess about with a mouse, just get your fingers in there. The Circuit feels like a great […]
Featuring the Arturia V Collection here’s some in depth testing on how well virtual instruments run on the Surface Pro 4.
UPDATE: 6 months later things have changed dramatically. There have been numerous updates to the Surface firmware and Windows 10 which have resulted in a marked improvement in performance and the problems I encountered being largely smoothed away. I was also leant a Surface Book from Microsoft so I was able to run tests on […]