So I've been contemplating this move for a long time....finally made it. I'm about two weeks in. The jury's still out but I figured I'd chronicle it so that the few people who follow can find a blue print to what to and/or not to do. Right before the switch, my board looked like this: Custom DIY board with ATA flight case; Cheap tuner > IE Polytope > Swell B-Peg> Badger Schism (First Loop: Mountainking Megalith...Second Loop: Foxrox Octron > FC Unpleasent Surprise) > Infanem Faye Sing > RF Brain Freeze (loan from Behndy) > Dr S Tremolessence > Strymon Timeline.....and an Expressionator and Moog EP-2.....I even still have an Infanem Faye's Her that I'm still waiting to get in so that I can sell. So I had a HUGE board. Great high end pedals. Lots of versatile sounds. Anyways, lots of life happens. Classic story. Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy knocks up girl with quintuplets. And I started looking for ways to scale down, get a mobile rig....maybe even save money. But be able to do EVERYTHING that I was able to do before. I traded my Mesa Bass 400+ in for a Class D amp (Glockenklang Blue Sould) and sold one of my two cabs (fEARful 15/6s). The biggest thing I had left was my board. Local bass phenom guru guy has been running his effects through a laptop for years. He's amazing. Super awesome ear. He finally had the ammunition to convert me. And I trust him. He's been endorsed by Zon, Status, Glockenklang, etc. He wouldn't be doing something that's not top of the line or has lag problems. So I say so a lot. Big deal. You wanna fight about it. So I sold all of my pedals one by one…well…all except for the Megalith and Swell B-Peg as I don’t think the software can cover OD and fuzz as well as an analogue pedal. Raised the funds and bought this laptop (upgraded to 16GB): http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Multimedia_Entertainment/N53SN/ I have stripped it of all program but those needed to run the software. It will not be used for anything but effects/recording/sound processing. So no viruses. No malware. No Caeman blue tooth hijacking. And this audio interface/midi controller (very familiar setup): The software I’m running right now is Guitar Rig 5. I plan on picking up a copy of Ableton Live 8 and MAX at a later date. So…SOOOOOOOO…the experiment is on. I will be posting clips and thoughts in this thread as I go. The big points I’m going to be looking at are: Sound Quality – I had some high end pedals and I’m playing through a Glock amp and Status S2-Classic…this stuff needs to be able to hang with the sounds I’m used to. Versatility – I had some really cool effects that I was running in combination. It needs to be able to cover what I was doing and give me great ideas that keep me moving in the future. Latency – This is a huge issue with the laptop/midi setup. Obviously, the latency needs to get to a point where it’s not noticeable at all. Reliability – It has to be something I’m confident using night in and night out for live shows, without causing me more than the usual issues (pedals have issues, too. Everything does. It needs to be manageable). I’m sure I’ll think of some more, and you guys will, too, so I can add to that list as this thing goes on. The issues that other’s might have that I’ve already laid to rest might be size (the laptop/midi setup is WAY smaller and easier to move around), longevity (a very valid point in that pedals last much longer than laptops…I’m hoping that by stripping it of most programs and ONLY using it for effects/recording/sound processing (no web browsing) I can get this to last 4-6 years), price (it wasn’t even close, the laptop/midi setup was about ¼ what my pedal board would be new)…type some others and I’ll explore them as we go. So anyways, I'll be posting clips and thought in here.