Hybrid DAW - Mac vs PC
by, 01-22-2011 at 03:05 PM (1554 Views)
I've been a Mac guy long before public opinion even thought about Mac's. They have been the A/V champs for good reasons and worth every dollar if you are comparing them to poorly configured and cheaply built PC but...
People that think Mac's are the only choice for a professional DAW, are following old news along with the diminishing Pro Tools generation influence.
The reason for this is very clear.
Pro Tools (alsihad), being the pro audio DAW of choice (including other DAW software) doesn't run well on off the shelf PC's, period. Digi support had difficult time trying to deal with it all so lets just settle it all and forget the PC in pro audio. The personal PC that seem to work fine for most other apps, seriously lacks stability for a pro audio DAW thus... the higher priced stable Mac evolved to be the choice. Its a no brainer.
All of us who had the expensive Macs where running pretty stable Pro Tools rigs while the PC geeks were having endless problems as they still do today. You can't build a Mac cheap like you can a PC so... quality control sufferers and the trend towards Mac and supporting DAW software grows because of this.
These are the facts and what many "post" 2002 DAW users don't fully understand and/or are unaware of. They are following this trend like a fashion today.
Custom built recording PC are nothing to poke at. They are the new hybrid DAW system evolving because you can build them just for audio. Just like a fine built boutique preamp. They are streamlined and definitely more value for your money. I have three audio PC's and one Power Mac today. I only use the Mac for the internet now, the opposite from what I did 10 years ago. Mac's are great for the internet and all the online apps that go with it, but, a streamlined, audio optimized Custom Built PC, now we're talking!
Audio PC's need to be professionally built by a reputable company proficient in Pro Audio (still cheaper than a new Mac) ... or DIY, but do your homework very well if you plan on building one yourself. The $800 off-the-shelf PC is not in the same league as the beasts I use for my hybrid system. This is where all the Mac/PC misinformation started and still lingers. Things are changing now so think twice before you dump a bunch of unnecessary money on a platform with its best years behind it.
So many are still following the bloated Mac/Pro Tools echo that started back in the 90's. The big hype is really old and outdated.
What ever choice you make, both platfroms do a fabulous job if you keep it within DAW specs. Pro Tools was (notice I say was) a very pro turn key system so it couldn't help but become popular. I'm not saying Pro Tools is fabulous, I'm simply stating why both Mac and the "turn key" Pro Tools package became what it is today. Are are better systems, better value out there?
If you know what you are doing and see outside the commercial hype ... You get far more for your money starting with a custom built PC over a trendy and way over priced Mac any day. Big savings can be invested in higher end DAW systems that make the Mac/ProTools HD generation look kinda trendy and boxed in.