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Which Mac for Pro Tools?

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by Van_Hunter, Aug 2, 2003.

  1. Van_Hunter

    Van_Hunter Guest

    I am planning on buying a Mac laptop to run Pro Tools on. I know that I need an extra drive which I will add via firewire. Which Mac will work the best? I am thinking I should get it with a recordable DVD and CD drive. I will interface the computer via an MBox. I have always used PC but I think it might be wise to switch over to the Mac system to run Pro Tools.
     
  2. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Since it will be RTAS only, the fastest you can afford with as much RAM as you can squeeze into it.

    :p:
     
  3. nuclearmoon

    nuclearmoon Guest

    The Powerbook G4 Titanium (1Ghz) 15 inch model would do well for this and has a good price....it's one downfall being that it still uses PC-133 SODIMM RAM. This is slow RAM. The 17 inch G4 Powerbook (1Ghz) uses faster PC2700 DDR SODIMM RAM and would be able to handle higher track counts andplug-ins It also has Firewire 800 and you would then be able to use those faster FW800 external harddrives that are coming to market. But the 17" costs a bit more. And as Uncle Bob sez, squeeze all the RAM you can into it (max is 1GB).

    Good luck to ya! :c:
     
  4. Van_Hunter

    Van_Hunter Guest

    Thanks guys. This kind of confirms what I was thinking. I see the 17" on ebay for $1600, which is an awesome deal.
     
  5. Van_Hunter

    Van_Hunter Guest

    So what is the Titanium model? I don't see that advertised anywhere. And I guess I don't understand what RTAS is since I have not worked with Pro Tools.
     
  6. Van_Hunter

    Van_Hunter Guest

    I ended up buying a Titanium 15" G4 laptop, 1Ghz, Superdrive, 550 RAM, one firewire. I will pick up an external firewire hard drive. The unit arrives Monday. Can't wait to try it out.
    Van
     
  7. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    RTAS is Real Time Audio Suite which is native real time effects processing. Since you will not be using a TDM card all the real time processing of effects, soft synths, etc. takes place in your Mac.

    TDM PT systems use separate PCI based processing cards to handle the real time processing of effects, dynamic processing, etc. Very fast, very powerful, very expensive, very nice!

    Uncle Bob

    :p:
     

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