I have been experimenting with a Dell D-510 laptop computer for stage use. In my equipment arsenal, I also have:
- A Casio PX-5S keyboard
- A Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio/MIDI Interface
- An M-Audio Oxygen 61 MIDI Controller
- A Mackie 3204-VLZ3 USB Mixer
I am struggling with getting the laptop to behave in a stable manner in a live performance environment.
What I have observed:
- The Focusrite and M-Audio USB connections to the computer are rock solid stable. The Casio and Mackie, not so much.
- The rule seems to be: Don't move it. If I never move anything, I can generally get it to work. The laptop seems to want to uninstall drivers when something gets unplugged, and reinstall them when things are plugged back in.
The laptop seems to forget the Casio keyboard when I move the equipment, which confounds my DAW software (which rightly expects the Casio driver to be where I left it last time the computer was on). The Mackie USB connection is recognized; it will send audio to the laptop, but only accompanied by glitches, and a lot of noise.
All of the drivers have been installed correctly, as far as I can tell. But I can't escape the lingering sensation that I'm missing something.
What I'd really like to have are just two things:
- The ability to do some multitrack MIDI and audio recording, and
- The ability play Kontakt samples from the Casio.
But I'm wondering if I'm going about this the wrong way. Are there any tips which seasoned veterans to this could offer that would improve the stability of my rig?