How well does Ableton Live run on the Surface Book? Let’s find out! I build a big project on the i7 Surface Book and keep adding stuff until it crackles. I then compare it to the i5 Surface Pro 4 and see how they differ. Specs: Surface Book i7 6600U 2.6GHz 16GB with Nvidia Surface […]
Cubase Pro 9 was just released from Steinberg and so I dropped it onto the Surface Book to see what’s new and what works well for touch. I’ll be making some music with it really soon to see what it can handle.
When using touch and the digital pen on the Surface Book in sketch-pad mode you lose access to your keyboard shortcuts. I use an app called Toolbar Creator which lets me build a little toolbar with a bunch of shortcuts that I can tap on. Simple things like copy and paste, undo are now far […]
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.