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To Mac or not to Mac

Discussion in 'Recording' started by themidiroom, Jul 9, 2002.

  1. themidiroom

    themidiroom Active Member

    Hey guys, first I'll say that I've been using PCs for years and they work fine for me.
    I am considering including a mac in my studio however. I ran into a used G4 450mhz with 256meg of ram for $300 or so.
    What exactly can this machine do for me? Would it be underpowered for running 24-36 audio tracks@48K/24bits? Any input would be great. Thanks :cool:
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Well, it will do what you want but of course the new macs have a higher front side bus and more level 2 cache I believe it is.
    That extra oomph will make it possible to do so...But you will get that machine to do what you want it to...that mac can run quite a few tracks! Get yourself a firewire external drive for it and be happy! lol
  3. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    $300??? Buddy, that's a DEAL! Add another 512Mb ram, take out the POS HDD that came in it and stick 2 Western Digital (WD800JB) 80Gb HDDs in it (the ones with the 8Mb cache). Take out the DVD-ROM drive and put in a Plextor 40x12x40 (PX-W4012TA/SW) ... yup, they work in a Mac! For around $800 you'll have a screamin DAW machine.
  4. themidiroom

    themidiroom Active Member

    Hey guys, thanks for the input. My company leased about five of these Macs and they recently purchased one off the lease because it was easier than rounding up all the computers and returning them. I'm not sure what the street price is, but I'll get it as cheaply as I can.
  5. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Just another thought for you if you decide to go the Mac route...
    If you get it, and it comes with the stock Apple keyboard and "puck" mouse, you will be very unhappy with them. They are barely functional and lead to many frustrations.
    I highly recommend the Microsoft Office Keyboard and Microsoft Trackball Optical as replacements. They don't come with the Mac drivers, but they're simple to download off of the Microsoft site. The added features make everyday life much easier. You'll find that maneuvering through your audio apps is much more precise and much faster.
    IMO, these are two items that no Mac (or PC) owner should be without.

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