Mac software question

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by davidinoz, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. davidinoz

    davidinoz Guest

    I have just got a good deal on a G4 powerbook (1.6G, 1G ram, 80G HD) which I intend to use for live multitrack recordings. The only problem is all my software is for windows.

    Anybody have suggestions for the best software for a mac? I don't need a heap of plugins or editing power, I just want to record up to 16 tracks over firewire and then dump them on my windows machine for mixing. Stabilty is the most important thing I'm looking for. Also it will need to handle 24bit files at at least 48000Hz sample rate.

    I'm familiar with Sonar, Cubase, Nuendo and Audition so the interface doesn't scare me.

    I also don't want to spend thousands for software that I'll only be tracking with.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. GoshenSound

    GoshenSound Guest

    Tracktion 2 would be a good choice in terms of price and performance. I used to use it all the time before I went the DP route. Its 200$ with plugins but I think there is a downloadable version for something like 80$.
  3. davidinoz

    davidinoz Guest

    Tracktion looks it'll do the job. $300 in Australia - ripped off again.
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    You can do the competitive upgrade to DP for $395.
    Or Logic Express for $299.

  5. davidinoz

    davidinoz Guest

    I looked at Logic express but it only does 12 tracks and is $499 in Australia - a little more than my budget.
    Tracktion looks like the winner so far.
    BTW what is DP?
  6. davidinoz

    davidinoz Guest

    Digital Performer by motu?
  7. axel

    axel Guest

    davidinoz wrote"

    there is something wrong with the info you have...
    express is by all means not track limited... unless (sorry can't recall excactlythe no.!) something over 200hundred tracks is not enough for you, the only limitation in that respect it has (and of course others compared to the pro version) is that it "only" has 8 buses, which is a standard in almost all hardware mixers too. and is not really :not enough:

    the price, i agree is a ripp off get it from abroad, asia, states... it should not be more than 300 US dollar.

    in my eyes express is not to be beaten at all CONSIDERING THE PRICE...

    that said i know DP too and both DP and tracktion are good choices as well, but i would still go with logic, always for shure...
    they are in terms of audio pretty much the same... if midi is from importance for you as well, than logic is not to be beaten it's the srongest and best apps for doing both.

    if you ever will be able to upgrade and some point from express to pro you will have the best and strongest tool avialable....

    my two cents from a logic / mac die hard head.
  8. davidinoz

    davidinoz Guest

    I must have mis-read the track info for Logic. That's the second time today I've heard it has 200 plus tracks.
  9. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Try Digital Performer- full featured program for about half the price of logic pro
  10. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Logic Express has is limited to recording 12 tracks at once, but can playback up to 255 audio tracks if you have the juice.

    DP has more pro features, OMF, surround mixing, support for multiple MOTU interfaces.

    I end up using Logic Express more, mostly because of the virtual instruments.


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