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igmolinav
Aug 20, 2009, 12:08 AM
Hi,

I have a 12" ibook and I am about to record several podcasts.

It is a quite an important project for me. So, even the fact
that I am totally an amateur, I would like to give as much
quality as possible to this project.

A friend is willing to lend me his 13" MBP during the time he
may not be not using it. I just have to go and pick it up
everytime I need it, and then return it.

That's why I wanted to ask you if it really matters, with
regard to the recording quality, which of any of these two
computers I use. If I choose to record with the MBP,
will the quality of my recording be better, or it will make
no difference ??

Due to their simplicity, the candidates to recording programs
are Garage Band and Audacity. If you have another software
you may want suggest for this project, please do so. May be
there is a good software to record podcasts that you may
want to suggest.

Thank you very much in advance, very kind regards,

igmolinav.



GoCubsGo
Aug 20, 2009, 12:08 AM
Huge difference. If you want to record I highly recommend the 13" MBP.

igmolinav
Aug 20, 2009, 07:50 AM
Hi Jessica,

Thank you for your message : ) !!!

But why is there such a great difference?? I mean, as I perceive it, both are going to record. That's all, isn't ??

Does the MBP get smoother recordings ?? What is it, that technically will
make a difference ??

Please tell me a bit more. I'll be recording three to four times a week, and it would be nice for me to know why the hassle of driving for over an hour to my friends home (plus the cost of gas) is really worth it to record with a 13" MBP.

Thank you very much again, kind regards,

igmolinav.

zimv20
Aug 20, 2009, 08:37 AM
recording a single track at a time? no, there won't be any difference at all.

macs from 20 years ago could handle recording a single track at a time.

igmolinav
Aug 20, 2009, 08:56 AM
Hi,

That is really what I'll do. Record one single track at a time. It will only be a series of dialogues.

So there is not really a quality difference if I use the ibook, right??

Thank you very much again, kind regards,

igmolinav.

Luap
Aug 20, 2009, 12:06 PM
MacBook Pro's are great. But it appears to be overkill for the simple task you need. For a straightforward mono or stereo track and basic editing, a G4 iBook will be plenty adequate.
My only concern would be.. Does the iBook have a mic/audio input? I know some didn't, and that might be important to you. Ideally you'd want to use a half decent usb or firewire audio interface though.

zimv20
Aug 20, 2009, 06:34 PM
Does the iBook have a mic/audio input? I know some didn't, and that might be important to you. Ideally you'd want to use a half decent usb or firewire audio interface though.

in another thread he's asking about USB mics.

polaris20
Aug 20, 2009, 09:43 PM
Like I said in the other thread, get yourself a Snowball and you'll be fine with GarageBand.

You don't need to get a MBP to do a simple podcast. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't actually know what they're talking about. I've recorded 2 hour audio sessions for company podcasts on a 400Mhz TiBook. Unless you're going to do more than 3 or 4 tracks at a time, you're fine with an iBook G4.