Which Mac Computer for a Home Recording Studio?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Zero_Phoenix, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. Zero_Phoenix

    Zero_Phoenix Guest

    Hey all, I use a Pro Tools M-Box system, and I'm looking for a Mac to run it on instead of Windows.

    I found the Apple store link to the G5's. http://

    I'm interested in either the mid or low grade G5, but don't know if they'll run Pro Tools, Reason, Ableton, Synth Programs, etc. better than G4s would. I want to be able to run Pro Tools and re-wired programs flawlessly, without skips or jumps, or severe time issues.

    I guess I should put it this way.

    I have about $2,500 to apply towards my recording room. I DEFINITELY need a new computer dedicated solely for recording, but am unsure of what Mac to roll with.

    Also, I'm looking for a decent sound card as well.

    I'm sure this question is asked often, but I'm also sure the answers very depending on the person posting.

    Your advice and suggestions would be great appreciated.
  2. TuBlairy

    TuBlairy Active Member

    Feb 18, 2005
    Home Page:

    At the bottom click on 'product compatibility' You need the MAC version. As far as I know all programs and drivers have seperate versions for MAC or PC. So whatever program you're planning to run, you'll need to ask if they will give you credit for your current program and let you upgrade instead of buying a new one. Depending on how many programs you want to change over, that could be a big chunk of change.

    Have you considered just upgrading your PC? I suspect it would be a much cheaper option, perhaps with not quite the desired set-up, but workable.
  3. Zero_Phoenix

    Zero_Phoenix Guest

    I HAVE the mac version. It comes with the windows version in the M-Box package. Upgrading isn't an option, since I want a dedicated computer. You don't have to buy the program, or hardware over again.
  4. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    I run one of the first run Imac G5's from just over a year ago with a 002r and it runs amazing. I can constantly max out my tracks and use many many plug ins including several instances of reverb with no problems. I do get a little bogged down sometimes at 96khz but I rarely use it. If you're going to continue with the mbox I honestly think that will be your biggest limitation with the usb connection.
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    the dual 2.0 G5 is more than adequate for any recording task. I should know, i own one! i believe its $2000 at the apple store but if you look around you can find better deals. (I paid about $1600 for mine at mac mall about 6 months ago, open box)

    Don't forget to budget another $600 for extra ram and a second sata drive. And shop around to get a good price on those.

    And of couse you still need an interface, mics, pres etc... good luck!

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