The last iMac question.....

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by therecordingart, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Ok guys....I got a few Mac gift cards for Christmas from my girlfriend's family because they are sick of hearing me bitch about my PC always being messed up.

    Here is what I do on my PC:

    I record no more than 12 tracks simultaneous through an FW-1884. At most during mixdown I'll have 30 mono audio tracks, but most of the time it is about 20. I normally record at 44.1, but every now again will do small acoustic sessions at 96k. I'll be using some outboard gear (compressors and EQ) and the reverbs/delays and such will be handled with plugins. Right now I'm running Cubase SX 2 on PC, but will be switching to Logic or DP once I get the Mac.


    I'm looking at an iMac G5 with a gig of ram to handle this for me without latency or crashing bullcrap issues. Is this a reasonable request? Should I get a Firewire HD or just record to the internal HD?

    I read all of the iMac posts and the only thing relevant to performance was a gentlemen talking about 32 stereo VST instruments....I don't run VST instruments so that is gibberish to me....I don't know what that calculates to when dealing with 30 mono audio tracks stack with reverb, distortion, and delay. I'm worried more about overall performance and latency issues.

    Merry Christmas!!!!
  2. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    I have a 1.8ghz imac with a gig of ram running pro tools le 6.4 and I get a full 32 tracks with average two plugs per track(20 instances of wave arts track plug) with no problems. There is a slight slow down but nothing bad at all. Imacs are pretty powerful for what they are and with more processing friendly software I'm sure you could get 50 tracks if you needed.
  3. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    get a FW disk to record to.... other than that you're set to go with an imac

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