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

    Jun 15, 2005
    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

    Feb 5, 2007
    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

    Nov 16, 2007
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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

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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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.

  5. redbort

    redbort Active Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    ^^ 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

    Sep 3, 2006
    Calgary, Alberta Canada
    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

    Jun 15, 2005
    you could be my cousin's friend's sister's boyfriend... :!:

    found this "shoot out"
    doesn't have core 2 duo

    & this deals with core duo vs core 2 duo

    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

    Mar 15, 2007
    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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