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what computer to buy for first time audio producer

Discussion in 'Computing' started by ahite, May 1, 2010.

  1. ahite

    ahite Guest

    I was just wanting to know what would be the best computer to start with because im starting audio producing and i what would be a good computer

    i heard macs are good but to pricey or HP computers but i don't know what computer is actually good for a first time

  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Pretty vague question ahite....
    There's a million PC's out there...do you want a desktop or a laptop?
    How much are you looking to spend?
    What brand of "audio producing" software do you have?
    What brand of "audio producing" hardware do you have?
  3. ahite

    ahite Guest

    mainly laptop if possible
    i dont care really how much to spend as long as i get my moneys worth
    but right now i have a protools essential kit and music maker 15
    but i don't currently have any hardware except a mic but im about to purchase a mixer and a preamp
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Rain Computers | Audio + Video Workstations

    Start here, then see what sort of configuration you might be able to find in a Sony or HP but just understand that any laptop needs to be very striped down for recording any audio and that is what companies like Rain do....they configure the computer for use as a DAW...
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    There are audio pc companies that have laptop platforms as well. This is what I would recommend. If you also want something to surf the web and play spider solitaire then get yourself a netbook for your email etc. Leave the audio computer ONLY for audio.

    The main issue with any consumer level laptop (or desktop) is the variances in the motherboard layouts/routing and how that routing is sent to/from the chip controller. This factor alone can take a computer of any brand with great paper specifications and make it into garbage for audio or video editing. Even with Apple you need to stick with the Pro level Mac's. Some HP are ok. Some Dell are ok. Rarely does an Acer work for anything. You will have a ton of research to do if you choose the consumer prebuilt pc route.
  6. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    There is not a lot of difference in Mac hardware except for the Mac Pros, the other models are base around laptop components.

    I use a Mac mini no problems with session of 32-48 tracks using logic Pro.
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I don't know that I would agree with that. I have seen enough folks have issues with the non Pro laptops that I think at least some of those aren't universally agreeable to large audio/video editing. The Pro laptops and desktops seem to be better all around.

    I am glad to see this. I have been wondering about these. They spec out pretty nicely actually. Thanks for that. Since I know you have several Mac's how do think the Mini compares overall?
  8. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    The current Mini, compares well with the core2duo Macbook Pros.

    At this point Apple seems to be changing tracks, traditionally iMacs parallel the Macbook pro, mini = Macbook + firewire.

    The four core imac i7 is closer to a mac pro quad in performance, so I expect a mac pro update to widen the gap.
    I would like to see an i7 in the mini, it's about due an update.

    I have an old core duo mini, still holding it's own. just recently some of my sessions push it 50%.
  9. Vicbowling

    Vicbowling Guest

    An HP laptop with a core i7 processor would be a good choice. That would give you plenty of processing power with the fast chip and the HP laptops are loaded with features. Get a good battery though, if there is an option to purchase one that has a longer battery life at the computer store.

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  10. ZeroZero

    ZeroZero Guest

    Try and get a core i7 processor. In a laptop this might be expensive. Also think about going 64 bit. The music world is just taking the leap into the 64 bit universe, If you start in this way (buying a sequencer and other instruments/apps that are written in 64 bit, then you are not going to have future issues. With Windows in 32 bit you cant use more than 2 gig of RAM even if its installed. In sixty four bits ther are no RAM limits and believe me that is important for technical reasons.

    So, core i7 MAc or PC (PC is much cheaper). At least four gig of RAM a decent sound card (a MUST), (check M Audio for this) and oh...no heavy gaming graphic cards, a decent sound card

    If you are running a keyboard then maybe you will need some kind of MIDI interface, although the new stuff uses a USB type.

    Freebie software check out KVR. If you get your computer from a decent music shop (like Digital Village) its custom made for the job - erphaps a little pricier, but if you get a bog standard laptop with on voard sound its going to screw things up - though it will function (hopefully) it could have latency problems and a lot of other issues. latency is the time gap between hitting a key on a musical keyboard and the actual production of the sound.

    Get a copy of Computer music or something like this.. it can help identify the current best gear.
  11. tstoneman

    tstoneman Active Member

    The Rain computer link listed above is a great resource. Rain Computers | Audio + Video Workstations

    In general, if you can afford it, always go with true workstations or workstation components vs. consumer machines. The difference is astounding in performance and especially reliability.
  12. thanks for the great info in this thread. glad to hear i did the right thing. i got a 6 core rack from rain and im happy.

    as for mac, im done with that. i spent a ton on the new imac and cubase was awful. so was there service. they couldnt help me at all. all they want to do is sell iphones

    i agree that getting a comp for audio is best from a company like rain becuase of components. but mostly its about getting help. someone has to have answers to the hard questions. so far rain has been awesome. i guess ill see how far that goes when i have a big problem
  13. llatht

    llatht Active Member

    I think with all the newer models, it would be very hard to find a Windows laptop that is not built for audio that would work well for a DAW. This is because of all the power saving features (speedstep, c-state, etc.) they now come configured with. Unless you can turn these features off in the bios (and in almost all cases you can't) there is a very good chance you will be running into problems - especially if your using firewire. I'm speaking from personal experience, and I'm not a Mac user.
  14. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    I NEVER put Steinberg products on my macs, on the other hand they work fine on my PC.
  15. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I just upgraded my ION with Win 7, called Jami from Rain to tweak the OS and wow! This box rocks. There is something to say about having someone that knows what to do to get the OS optimized for audio. I watched him do a remote and make this thing scream.

    You made a great decision buying a Rain system.
  16. musicproducer

    musicproducer Active Member

    Yeah, I think the Rain system will be great. After the fact, I think it's important to consider compatibility. In my case, I bought the system I did because most of the guys I work with have the same, and since I'm not so very tech, it's a beautiful thing to have friends who can help.

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