Software for old Macs

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Mighael, Jan 31, 2003.

  1. Mighael

    Mighael Guest

    I was given a Quadra 840AV that I would like to use as a two track recorder for recording practice sessions. My other Macs get used for MIDI and virtual synths. Where is the best place to find recording software for such an old machine. Is there anyone who has some System 7 stuff they want to sell? What programs (and version #s) are the best to use on an 840AV? Is it even worth the effort to try and use such an old machine(though I think Sys 7 is the best OS ever made)? Your replies are much appreciated

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    An old version of Peak .... 5.4 or 5.6 ??

    should run in system 7 unless there is a 603/604 type of issue.

    I like 8.6.
    It took a hile for me to move from 7 but I diod and I didn't regret it.

    I think the 9500/7300/9600 are the oldest machines worth playing with. An 86 probably fits in there somewhere..... PCI and 604s.
    Use a Tango FW card and you have acces to all the cheaper IDE drives, FW and USB2.0 stuff.

    The old quadra might be cool as a spectrum analyser or a Reverb unit with that Lexicon card, if you can find one.
  3. M Brane

    M Brane Guest

    Pro Tools Free v3.4 will run on NuBus Macs like your 840. No plugs in that version though, and only 2 band shelving EQ.

  4. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    Oddly enough, I just bought a Quadra 840AV system a couple of months ago for $30, complete with monitor, 2 SCSI ext HDDs, scanner, and lazer printer. It's in mint condition! It only has 32Mb RAM.
    Mine has OS 7.6, but the Quadra 840AV can be updated to OS 8.1 (no further). The problem is that I can't find a copy of OS 8 ANYWHERE! Nobody is selling it, and Apple hasn't released it for free download yet. But, go figure ... the update from OS 8 to OS 8.1 is a freebie.
    I really haven't messed with it much yet, and I have no idea what I'm going to actually do with it. For the time being, it's on the back burner. If you have any good ideas for me, by all means, let me know.
  5. mapostel

    mapostel Guest


    try this one: Coaster

    It's a simple recording software and doesn't need much resources.

  6. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    I got another old Mac today ... a Quadra 605 (desktop-style box) with a 14" "Macintosh Color Display", model M1212(Trinitron tube). A guy just gave it to me. He didn't have the keyboard and mouse, though. Can't complain for free!
  7. lorez

    lorez Guest

    ahhhhh Coaster, very handy program! :)

    You might want to track down copies of SoundEdit16 and Sound Designer II

    Deck 2 might work

    btw, the 840av maxes out at 128megs of ram.
    adding an L2 cache will help quite a bit, as will adding more VRAM, depending on which monitor output you use it will take up system ram (and slow ya down!)
  8. crackhippy

    crackhippy Guest

    I just bought a beige g3-266. Does anyone still use these things for recording? I was thinking of buying an audiomedia card for this machine. Any suggestions?

  9. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
    Home Page:
    For lots of help, products and info on older macs, go here:
  10. invisibl

    invisibl Guest

    HEHE I got a 512k

    beat that
    ( I believe it is steam powered)

    Also, From memory if you can use HOTLINE ( try a web search) There is a FTP site that warehouses 68K programs ( I think i remember that correctly)

    A bit of searching, But try

    And NO i do NOT condone WAREZ
  11. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Four (count 'em) :eek: Quadra 610s beats any ol' 512!
  12. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    I'm about to (as in "today") finally part with my Mac IIci and PowerMac 8500. Whee!
  13. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    I'm still using my 8500 everyday, it's the only thing that will still talk to my 12 yr old printer for my Finale files- . But my monitor port is acting up and it's making life difficult. If you want to send the monitor port from your 8500 to Wisconsin, I'll happily send you any one of the 4 Quadras!! :D
  14. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    Heh, well, if you go to the Goodwill store in El Toro, CA, you might be able to pick it up cheap.

    They also were unloading a Lowrey looked kinda like a Hammong A100. I might've been interested but I was trying to "upload" stuff rather than "download".
  15. invisibl

    invisibl Guest

    Sorry, your lame old Quadra is a johnny come lately.

    Mine is the first model apple released.

    Or am I mistaken??

    [edit on] actually I WAS mistaken. I have a 128k. Older still. Mwa ha ha ha ha[edit off/]

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