The latest laptop computers are powerful enough to make them a viable alternative to the tower in the personal studio, especially for musicians for whom portability is an important factor. Whether you are a touring musician, a weekend gigger, or just someone who wants to make music while on vacation, there's a lot you can do with just your laptop and a few choice pieces of gear. Play your cards right, and you can fit the whole setup into a gig bag or a backpack.* Build a Laptop Studio on Any Budget
Electronic Musician's "Build a Laptop Studio on Any Budget" article will help you build your own personal studio. Six possible setups are introduced for three common scenarios: the software-only - all-in-the-box setup for the composer-performer, the songwriter's studio - which will need mics for recording voices and instruments, and the multitrack live-recording rig. Even if what you do doesn't fit neatly into one of these areas, Electronic Musican Magazine reasons for choosing particular pieces of gear may help you with your own buying decisions.