Mac with Pro Tools Le vs PC with Cubase VST 32

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  1. Jesse Free

    Jesse Free Guest

    I need to upgrade from my Yamaha MT8X to a computer based system. Right now I own a PC (IBM Compatible, Wndows) but I was told that Macs are used by the majority of recording pro's. First of all, is that true?
    Second, a PC systm that I am swaying towards is Cubase VST 32, with a Midi Man Delta 1010. Does anyone one have any feedback on this? For example, will it run smoothly on my computer assuming that I have a separate hard drive and enough ram and all other required specs. My computer has programs such as MS office, Adobe Photo Shop and many others. Any other feedbacl regarding its functionality as a whole is appreciated.

    Third, Assuming money is no object (but it is) should I just go with a Mac and the Pro Tools LE bundle package? What are the advantages and disadvantages of Pro Tools LE vs. Cubse VST 32? The Mac would be designated for recording only.
    Thanks for your help.
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Yes, Mac's are regarded as the "audio" machines for Pro recording studios..but mostly for using Pro Tools. PC's today have the power to compete with them when using Pro Tools LE or Cubase type applications. In fact I've seen PC's running LE work better than Mac's when it comes to the amount of plugins and processing power.
    LE only gives you 24 tracks of audio and no more..Cubase will give you way more tracks but depending on your systems power you may be limited.
    What processor do you have on your PC? How much Ram? you dont need to go out and spend the amount of money on a Mac when you get a PC for half the cost that will be quite as powerful as a Mac. I've built systems that are very powerful and very versatile for complete DAW packages.
    You can install other applications on the system without a problem but usually I reccomend an audio system to be an audio system. This way the registry is clean and not cluttered with too many applications and so forth. Fragmentation is the key there...keep the drives as clean as possible.

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