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Mac mini the way to go??

Discussion in 'Recording' started by chino, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. chino

    chino Guest

    Ok I am currently a pc man about to make that jump into the Mac realm... Due to macs steep prices I am conteplating on gettin a Mac mini.. Is it powerful enough to use for audio recording?? I am looking into the most powerful mac mini for 699, 512 Ram but I would expand to 1 gig with a stick.. Which is its maximum and it has 80 gig hard drive space which i can also use an external drive to add some room... Is this a bad choice? I mainly record rap records and dont use to many tracks. I am currently recording off my pc with nuendo 2 and an m audio interface..So i would also need a new recording software.. Pro tools or Logic? Thanks for the time!!!
  2. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Mac minis are not a serious audio production tool. I would stick with PC, you'll get far more performance and flexibility for your dollar IMO. :cool:
  3. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    The Mac mini is an iBook in a box. You'll be able to get some work done on it, but not an incredible amount of plugins going.

    If you want to go Mac, save the money and at least get an iMac G5.
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    I own a Powerbook and a mini. McCheese is right it's basically a repackaged Powerbook.

    It can do what my Powerbook can do, I haven't really stressed it. But it has no problems with my current sessions. I'm using Logic Express7, virtual instruments exclusively, no problems with sessions of 32-48 24bit stereo tracks.

    When cpu approachs 60% I may freeze a few tracks and keep on working.

    So you definitely can get some work done, but the G5 even an iMac is a more powerful choice.

    Benchmarks that I have seen show that a G5 iMac is faster at most tasks than a dual 1.42GHz G4 Powermac. The iMacs are the best bang for the buck.

  5. trippinblly

    trippinblly Guest

    i record guitar and bass guitar thru an m-audio firewiresolo into a macMini and i have been satisifed. if you dont need a ton of bells and whistles than its not a bad solution. and id go with pro-tools....maudio stuff works very well with it
  6. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    It's an iBook. It's the same chipset, FSB speed and all that. A PowerBook is actually more powerful, with it's faster FSB.
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    if performance equals horsepower then yes..... but performance is not only horsepower..... who would buy a car considering only horsepower??

    went to my friends place yesterday....... had to wait 10 minutes for his pc to scan for spyware.... it found some but couldn't make it go away.... so it asked if it should rescan after reboot.... :shock:

    if you have the time and knowhow to maintain a pc it is more powerful.... but...... bla bla(you get it)
  8. jake88

    jake88 Guest

    i don't know if that's a valid argument - he should scan for spyware after hours or set up a schedule as to not interfere with studio time - i mean i love macs - i use a pc - but if i had the money i'd have a dual g5 or somethin - but that argument about the spyware was pointless
  9. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    for me it isn't pointless...... i think it's a waste of time....

    and i know it's only my experience..... but my experience is that there's ALWAYS something that needs to be done on people's pc's..... always.....

    someone needs to scan for spyware.... another has viruses.... some can't play "the new game" cause he bought a new video card.... or has to replace the motherboard.... etc. etc. ....

    i am yet to experience ONE of my (pc) friends not having SERIOUS problems....

    of course there's trouble with mac too.... it's a computer ..... but mostly the trouble is due to bad programming eg. protools etc.....

    but anyway....
  10. jake88

    jake88 Guest

    that's why i like to use my own pc - i got it pimped out and it runs like new because i have everything set to run on schedules

    but regardless - you have a valid argument - i mean who wants hassles - lets just make music - feel me?

  11. wally lawder

    wally lawder Guest

    I'm considering switiching from my old all-in-one digital multitracker to a Mac system, and have asked around on forums and elsewhere concerning the Mini. I have found that almost all Mini users are pretty happy with them for recording. I have found quite a few non-Mini users warning about lack of capacity, etc., but honestly, actual Mini users have been pretty positive.

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