Windows 8.1 tablets as EWI USB sound modules?

Has anyone tried using any of the newer Windows 8.1 7" or 8" tablets (e.g., the HP Stream 7 or Stream 8) as EWI USB sound modules? If so, what were your impressions. Do they fill the bill as practice modules or even as very portable performance modules?

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  • Hello Paul,

    Thanks for posting.

    I don't have any personal experience with tablets, so hopefully someone else who has will chime in.

    However, although some tablets are a bit "modified" from your conventional Windows computer, they are still the same basic operating system.

    One particular consideration is USB ports. Try to get a USB 2.0 port. If it only has one port, remember that adding a USB hub doesn't add bandwidth. If you're trying to connect the EWI along with a mouse/keyboard/harddrive/etc..., you will run out of bandwidth.

    Also, processor power and RAM is important when playing back sounds/samples.

    Hope this helps!
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  • Wonder where the myth comes from that a USB2.0 hub will limit the MIDI bandwith. USB2.0 has about 20.000 times more bandwith than a single MIDI interface.

    The only thing that can happen is that you will be running out ot power since the 5V power is shared for all ports of the hub. The hub itself is using power as well of course.

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