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Apple blows- whats the best comp for the money?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by god_of_cheese, Oct 10, 2006.

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  1. god_of_cheese

    god_of_cheese Member

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    The Apple Macbook pro 15.4" with dual 2.16 GHz processor is $2500 and the 17" is $2800. Lordy!!! How about my kidney also?? :eek: Does anyone record with PCs? Most problems with the Windows OS arise from the internet anyway, right?- so if you can hold off on the porn and get a PC with the same horsepower, isn't it a lot better buy for the money?
     
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    can be, but you're missing out on being one of the "uber-elite" who spend more money on aesthetics than anything else. :)

    in any case, check with your recording software/hardware manu. and see if they have a hardware compatibility list, then go shopping.

    dave
     
  3. Kappy

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    Yeah, you don't want to access the Internet on your brand new PC. That'd be silly! :D
     
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    ford Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Apples are great for recording...but I'm sure you can find a good pc to do the job...

    it just takes some looking..

    rock
    bford
     
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    Eloquently put, I would imagine surfing the internet is a nice value added to my $1100 Macbook which is giving me over twenty tracks in Pro-Tools! But you're right if you want to optimize a pc for audio, do not by any means use the internet, or for that matter load any media from someone else.
     
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    Laptops don't make the best recording set ups reguardless of the OS.
     
  7. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    My friend Sam and I both use Windows for recording..He runs Protools 7, and I run Protools 6....Get a desk set up, not a laptop....Dell has great deals for under $1000 for an EXTREMELY powerful computer for recording music......We both have been using this format of recording for a few years now...Macs are overrated
     
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    I don't know...ask my Mac which turns 7 next month. I've run Cubase and ProTools LE then upgraded to a ProTools Mix Plus rig which I still run on my old faithful Mac. My PC on the other hand is in the tech shop here at work getting a new drive (3rd hard drive I'll have put into it) and getting other crap fixed that seems to just break...
     
  9. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Do you need the Macbook Pro or would the regular Macbook work? They are significantly cheaper, particularly at the end of the product cycle. I did my last CD on an iBook that I purchased new for $600.

    Bryan
     
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    Go price a Dell with the same specs and I'd be surprised if it actually doesn't come out higher...
     
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    I use ardour under GNU/Linux on a parts PC and I save a lot of money... Hahaha. Not for the faint of heart though.
     
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    Umm.............I have ZERO probelms running DAW's on my PC which I also use to access the internet. I can browse while running a session. Never a hiccup. Then again I've worked with 'puters for a very long time.......
     
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    been rocking a mac since "98, with no complaints.
     
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    The advantage of a Mac is the OS. I'm a professional video/multimedia producer and I will almost always choose a Mac . . .Windows is a bloated slow OS. I would however have a PC for internet use and other such tasks, plus, for 3-D animation certain PC's work well. Are Mac's overrated ? I don't think so, but I can see where the uber-elite tags come from. . . .their mass exceptance in Hollywood movies makes me uncomfortable.
     
  15. Snowdog

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    umm....the Apple Macintosh does not "blow". It may be out of your price range, but that does not mean it "blows".
     
  16. VegasGreg

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    Great points, Splatt.

    I've gotten more done in the last month with my Mac Pro than in 4 months with my PC. I'll never go back to a PC if I can help it.

    I'm completely hooked on OS X.

    I'm totally convinced that the reason more people don't use Macs is simply because it's so much easier to get pirated copies of software for PC's.

    It sure isn't the price, because the Mac Pro has an incredible bang for the buck.
     
  17. god_of_cheese

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    Wow thanks for all the great posts!! My friend said that buying an Apple is like buying a Lexus, your going to pay a lot more for all the bells and whistles. I'm a frugal spender on a limited budget, which seperates me from most of the amateur/non-professional recorders out there. Oh, did I say most? I meant none. Although if a Mac last that much longer ("rockin since '98" -lol, awesome), then perhaps it is worth the money.
     
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    The MacBook is an excellent choice for a "notebook" computer and it is HOT....I mean REALLY HOT.

    Mine works great but when I called Apple to complain about the heat from the thing they said, and I quote..."We do not make laptop computers, we make notbook computers and that are not intended to be used on any part of your body."

    As for being overpriced for what you get with a 2Ghz MacBook you (more then likely) will spend more on a PC no matter who you go with and you are likely to not get built in Firewire that will power audio interfaces.

    I use both PC and Mac for all sorts of things but when push comes to shove a Mac is a better choice for many music programs (Pro Tools especially). Other programs are a different story like Sonar and platforms that were born on the PC.

    Once you decide what PROGRAM you plan to use most then you should decide on the device. But, Mac's ARE more sleek and the magnetized power cord on the new Mac Book is just one example of brilliant design that can save your computer (when you give the cord a tug it comes out instrad of breaking off part of the lapto....oops, I mean "notebook". :p
     
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    Until PCs use an OS other than Windows, I'm staying Mac.
     
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    I built a PC DAW for around $1000 (not including monitors) with dual core Athlon 2.2 Ghz, 2 gig ram, 720 gig of 7200 rpm storage, dual head vid card and a very quiet case.

    Works great for me.

    People who use Apple / Mac use them because they like and are familiar with Apple / Mac. People who use PC's use them because they are familiar with PC's. Either one will work fine. Just make sure your choice of audio interface has well supported drivers on the OS you use (some are better supported on mac, some on windows, etc)

    :AOK
     
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