How much Processing can I expect from the newer Mac Computer

Discussion in 'Computing' started by redbort, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. redbort

    redbort Active Member

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    I used to run a G4 Powerbook 1.5Ghz processor, 2GB ram, external FW HD, MOTU 896HD sound card, in Digital Performer 4.5
    it was a great setup i admit, but i wasn't pleased with it's "POWER"

    I'd be doing a mix of 16 tracks (24/44.1) with with EQ on all 16 tracks, WaveLabs compressors on 8 tracks, reverbs on 4, and NI GuitarRig on two...
    and it would choke up.
    I was pushing it with the pugins, i know
    "Guitar Rig" was the ram killer/sucker
    (it sure did a ton more then my older G3 :) so i'm not exactly complaining)



    I've been considering getting a new mac.
    How are they performing?????


    with a macbook 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo & 4GB ram,
    can I run 8in/8out 24/96 with an independent guitar rig plugin on each channel?

    or do i need a MacPro with Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon and 16GB of ram

    what kind of processing power are you getting out of your computer?
     
  2. TheFraz

    TheFraz Active Member

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    They hold up quite well. but you can only get so much performance from 2 gigs. Lucky for you more ram is cheap.
    Also you can always print the effects onto the the track.
     
  3. drstudio

    drstudio Active Member

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    I've got a new Mac Tower Quad Core 2.6 with 2 gig of ram, and it smokes.
    I've been using plug ins, up to 30 tracks so far, and it hasn't even bogged a little.
     
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

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    Benchmarks show that the current Core2Duo machines (iMac, Macbooks, and Mac minis) are more powerfull than the last of the dual G5 powemacs.

    I have one of the earlier Core Duo mini. No problems with sessions of 32-48 tracks, using vitual instrumens exclusively.

    No need to freeze tracks, using Logic8, and recording to an external 7200rpm firewire drive.

    8)
     
  5. redbort

    redbort Active Member

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    ^^ is this right?
    i always thought plugins ran off ram
    what are CPU cycles? is that the processor?



    i keep hearing quite the contrary...
    especially when it comes to music production..... :keep scratching my head:




    tracking clean has never been a problem
    it's plugin intensive mixing :?
     
  6. VonRocK

    VonRocK Active Member

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    Are you hearing first hand from people that are actually having problems, or from people who have a cousin with a friend's sister's boyfriend having problems?
     
  7. redbort

    redbort Active Member

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    you could be my cousin's friend's sister's boyfriend... :!:


    found this "shoot out"
    http://www.systemshootouts.org/processors.html
    doesn't have core 2 duo

    & this deals with core duo vs core 2 duo
    http://www.geekpatrol.ca/2006/09/imac-core-duo-and-core-2-duo-comparison/

    core2duo chips are looking pretty good...
    but i don't think i'll get the plugin processing i'm expecting... :cry:
     
  8. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

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    Someday I would like to compare a mac against my present system so that I could see which one would be better for me. I don't know anything about them but like the post above I see mixed opinions. I here that they are good and don't crash and don't get viruses. I also here that they are limited to what is avalible for programs. I don't use Pro Tools, I use Sonar-6 and I don't think its compatible. I guess I could use both but God thats all I need is another thing to try and learn. LOL
     

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