MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

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Outwest 2008
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MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by Outwest 2008 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:35 pm

I've been saving up my money to purchase a new computer and I can't decide on buying a PC or a MAC PRO. I want to use it primarily as a DAW and for photo-editing. I will also be writing documents using MS OFFICE for MAC. Last but not least I will be using the Internet. I've read where PC's should have two to three hard drives when using the computer as a DAW. There are three computer companies that make pc DAW's that have two or three drives in them. Nowhere have I read this about MAC's needing two or three hard drives. Upon some research I noticed that Apple's Logic 9 software doesn't seem to require two or three hard drives for their MAC pros. I'd like to hear everyone's opinions on what I should purchase. I plan to do some recording at home as well as use the computer to play back horn sections or organ parts/solos along with my blues band. One of my friends asked me how much multi-tracking am I going to do. I have no idea. On my keyboard sequencers I would use up to 12 or more tracks. Sometimes I place little snippets of music to fill in certain places on my songs.

I'd love to hear from everyone out there. Thank you for your time and advice/opinions.

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by heavensdaw » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:31 pm

Mac

Hd

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by G-force » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:54 am

heavensdaw wrote:Mac

Hd
Yeah, what Heavensdaw said. If you can afford it, definitely get a Mac. My next upgrade will be an Apple. Besides, if you ever need PC functionality software-wise, you can always
dual boot into Windows with Boot Camp or use Parallels and run Windows inside your Mac. :wink:

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by Donnie » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:02 am

The multiple hard drive thing is bs. Perhaps they were suggesting some sort of RAID array, i dont know. Either way its not neccessary.

Use whatever you feel most comfortable with.

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by timothyallan » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:06 am

I can't wait to find out the answer to this. I've always wondered if a PC is better than a Mac!!

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Post by leedsquietman » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:22 am

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by Pasha » Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:49 am

Mac or PC makes virtually no difference.
The drives thing is not true anymore.
Of course you can have OS on one drive, samples on another drive and music on another drive
and that will boost performance but drives needs to be on different channels.
I have one in my iMac and I'm happy.
There's no better choice than the one you can afford and the one you like.
With the cost of a Mac Pro you can have an incredible Windows Machine.
However, I like Macs.

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by swett » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:19 am

save yer money. they can both do the same same same.
it used to be an argument that one is 'sexier' than the other, but now that everybody and their mother has a glowing logo i don't believe it anymore.

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by bhc303 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:43 am

mac, best service I have ever had, problems, upgrades ect sorted with a smile.

you don't need anti virus software ...

I recently researched what your asking, I went mac & I love it!

just my 2 cents

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by H20nly » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:55 am

Donnie wrote:The multiple hard drive thing is bs. Perhaps they were suggesting some sort of RAID array, i dont know. Either way its not neccessary.

Use whatever you feel most comfortable with.
+1

thats an advantage that you CAN utilize, but in no way have to.
bhc303 wrote:you don't need anti virus software ...
*cough* bullshit

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Pasha wrote:Mac or PC makes virtually no difference.
Truth. Its just a matter of preference at this point. Each has their advantages

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by bhc303 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:38 am

I have asked at least 5 apple geniuses in apple stores about the virus thing, all answered no you do not need it, they said we sell it but its a wast of money.

I don't want to get into an argument with any one regarding this, as it is a touchy topic, I don't use my DAW computer (mac) on the net full stop, that's my safety net, but why would apple suggest you don't need it then?

I am just curious?

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by oblique strategies » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:00 am

bhc303 wrote:I have asked at least 5 apple geniuses in apple stores about the virus thing, all answered no you do not need it, they said we sell it but its a wast of money.

I don't want to get into an argument with any one regarding this, as it is a touchy topic, I don't use my DAW computer (mac) on the net full stop, that's my safety net, but why would apple suggest you don't need it then?

I am just curious?

peace
Anti Virus on a Mac can help prevent you from spreading viruses to vulnerable PCs.

For the time being, there are virtually no viruses that target Macs effectively. As Apple gains market share the Macs will increasingly run the risk of becoming targets.

Eventually we may all need anti-virus, but for now Macs are relatively safe.

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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by lee1 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:09 am

easy way to sort this - lets have a poll,
all in favour of him getting a nice new mac say iiiiiigh.

all those in favour of pc say - pee- si

il start-


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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by shuutobi » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:34 am

If you have to ask the question? Mac.
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Re: MAC Pro or PC for a DAW?

Post by 3phase » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:18 am

what people tend to forget...

the miditiming is the factor 10 better on a mac.. so for people that use hardware drummachines or samplers/synth there is not much of a question there...


And.. on a mac you can run windows ..either emulated or native...

I know some people that are sworn in pc users that are on apple hardware now because they found it more stable, silent and nice and in relation also a good price value in relation to a similar build high end pc.


Seems that the apple mainbords are good PC mainboards aswell theese days..
like allways with apple not on the bleeding edge of technology..but therfore more stable...

And more than fast enough for music anyway...
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