Newbie: Powerbook, Mackie Spike, Logic E6? A good start?

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  1. tocci

    tocci Guest

    I’m looking to record using a Powerbook, Logic Express 6, and a Mackie: Spike. My question is: how much inferior would combo drive with 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 256MB DDR333 SDRAM be compared to a super drive with 1.5GHz PowerPC G4
    512MB DDR333 SDRAM? If I get the combo drive I would by cheap RAM and install it myself. Please keep in mind that money is always a hard thing to come by for musicians and the super drive is $500 more. Is there anything else I would need to start recording?

    I'm looking to record by using both live instruments and midi. I'll probably only need one or two inputs. I'm looking to purchase a decent weighted midi keyboard. Do you have any preferences? Would you recommend something other than Logic?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The difference depends on many variables that neither you nor I know at the moment that invlove how many tracks you use at one time, how many plugs & other processing chores the CPU is going to be doing, how your pc is configured/optimized, disk drive speed and available free space, size and speed of RAM, how well the interface is designed and how well the drivers are in performing the bridge between the hardware/software ect...

    Like most chains, it is the weakest link that always needs the most help and support. When you have nothing but strong links, you are much better prepared and will have better overall reliability.

    I am one that is very leary using a laptop for any serious sole recording device be it a mac or pc.
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    I've been using Logic express on a 1Ghz powerbook for about a year now.

    I don't suggest using the internal drive for recording, I'm using a 7200rpm firewire drive for my audio and video, and the original MOTU 828.

    most of my sessions use soft synths exclusively, no problems with sessions of 32-48 tracks.


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