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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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what is best for music production

IMac 21.5

Quad Core I7 3.1GHZ
16GB RAM
1TB FUSION DRIVE

OR

Mac Mini 2012
quad core i7 2.6
16gb ram
512gb ssd

i have 32 monitor to this .
and i have keyboard and mouse

OR

Imac 27

quad core i5 2.9
1tb fusion drive
16gb ram

what is the best choice for music production ?

( the price its not matter )
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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The general answer to the question "Is this Mac any good for X" is "yes". Any of these machines are more than capable, and there's not really much between them.

If price is no object, go with the high-est specced option.

I would definitely recommend the Fusion drive. If you get the 27" or the Mini, I would buy my RAM from a third-party and fit it yourself. (Unless money is really no object!)

The 21.5" Mac is a good machine at a good price. However, the Mini is also very capable, and has FireWire, which you might need if you have music hardware. (Though the iMacs can do FireWire through a Thunderbolt adaptor.) The Mini also has digital audio in, which the iMacs don't.

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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:25 PM   #3
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IMac 21.5

Quad Core I7 3.1GHZ
16GB RAM
1TB FUSION DRIVE

OR

Mac Mini 2012
quad core i7 2.6
16gb ram
512gb ssd

i have 32 monitor to this .
and i have keyboard and mouse

OR

Imac 27

quad core i5 2.9
1tb fusion drive
16gb ram

what is the best choice for music production ?

( the price its not matter )
the best choice for you is the 2012 mac mini quad core i7 2.3 16gb ram with fusion setup of 1.128tb.

the 2.6 is not needed. buy 16gb ram from amazon and buy an external backup drive nuff said.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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IMac 21.5

imac 21.5
Quad Core I7 3.1GHZ
16GB RAM
1TB FUSION DRIVE

OR

Mac Mini 2012
quad core i7 2.6
16gb ram
512gb ssd

i have 32 monitor to this .
and i have keyboard and mouse

OR

Imac 27

quad core i5 2.9
1tb fusion drive
16gb ram

what is the best choice for music production ?

( the price its not matter )
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The general answer to the question "Is this Mac any good for X" is "yes". Any of these machines are more than capable, and there's not really much between them.

If price is no object, go with the high-est specced option.

I would definitely recommend the Fusion drive. If you get the 27" or the Mini, I would buy my RAM from a third-party and fit it yourself. (Unless money is really no object!)

The 21.5" Mac is a good machine at a good price. However, the Mini is also very capable, and has FireWire, which you might need if you have music hardware. (Though the iMacs can do FireWire through a Thunderbolt adaptor.) The Mini also has digital audio in, which the iMacs don't.
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the best choice for you is the 2012 mac mini quad core i7 2.3 16gb ram with fusion setup of 1.128tb.

the 2.6 is not needed. buy 16gb ram from amazon and buy an external backup drive nuff said.
friends , that the options . what is the best ? :

Quad Core I7 3.1GHZ
16GB RAM
1TB FUSION DRIVE

OR

Mac Mini 2012
quad core i7 2.6
16gb ram
512gb ssd

i have 32 monitor to this .
and i have keyboard and mouse

OR

Imac 27

quad core i5 2.9
1tb fusion drive
16gb ram

please , just from this options , who is the best for music production ?

thanks !
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:40 PM   #5
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please , just from this options , who is the best for music production ?
Pffffffff...... The 27" iMac.

But it's a bit like asking which is the best colour. I like purple.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:44 PM   #6
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friends , that the options . what is the best ? :

Quad Core I7 3.1GHZ
16GB RAM
1TB FUSION DRIVE

OR

Mac Mini 2012
quad core i7 2.6
16gb ram
512gb ssd

i have 32 monitor to this .
and i have keyboard and mouse

OR

Imac 27

quad core i5 2.9
1tb fusion drive
16gb ram

please , just from this options , who is the best for music production ?

thanks !
they are almost the same, man!
if I should decide between these machines, i'd go for the mini (since GPU is not important for music p.) it's the cheapest. you could save money and buy other instruments or whatever you want. also... you already have a huge monitor!
it wouldn't make sense to buy an iMac only because of the LITTLE BIT stronger CPU (iMac 21.5).
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:47 PM   #7
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they are almost the same, man!
if I should decide between these machines, i'd go for the mini (since GPU is not important for music p.) it's the cheapest. you could save money and buy other instruments or whatever you want. also... you already have a huge monitor!
it wouldn't make sense to buy an iMac only because of the LITTLE BIT stronger CPU (iMac 21.5).
i dont have the monitor yeat . but if i buy mini i buy monitor for him , so the prices are the same ..

so the 27 imac ?

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Old Jan 6, 2013, 12:54 PM   #8
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i dont have the monitor yeat . but if i buy mini i buy monitor for him , so the prices are the same ..

so the 27 imac ?

maybe more views ?
you know what? just buy the strongest 27 iMac (with GPU, CPU, RAM, Fusion Drive, ... upgrades). that could run GarageBand pretty well.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:04 PM   #9
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you know what? just buy the strongest 27 iMac (with GPU, CPU, RAM, Fusion Drive, ... upgrades). that could run GarageBand pretty well.
haha ..

so ,,

IMac 27 Late 2012
Quad Core I5 2.9Ghz
1TB FUSION DRIVE
32GB RAM

make good work for sure ?

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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:18 PM   #10
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haha ..

so ,,

IMac 27 Late 2012
Quad Core I5 2.9Ghz
1TB FUSION DRIVE
32GB RAM

make good work for sure ?

thanks !
i am not sure... could be a bit weak.
this would be better:

IMac 27 Late 2012
Quad Core I5 3.2Ghz
1TB FUSION DRIVE
32GB RAM

this costs only 200 bucks more. and you get superior GPU with it. angry birds... hmm?
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:23 PM   #11
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i am not sure... could be a bit weak.
this would be better:

IMac 27 Late 2012
Quad Core I5 3.2Ghz
1TB FUSION DRIVE
32GB RAM

this costs only 200 bucks more. and you get superior GPU with it. angry birds... hmm?
haha ..
i use this computer just for music .
great idea , you think its really better than the 2.9 ?
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:29 PM   #12
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make good work for sure ?
All of them will "make good work". But what sort of work will you be doing?

Garageband? Logic? Pro Tools? What audio input sources are you going to be using? How many tracks?

You will need a fast CPU, so the 21.5" would be best.
You will benefit from a big screen, so the 27" would be best.
Unless you get a 32" monitor for the Mini, which would be best.

If you want built-in audio in, you need to get the Mini, so that would be best.
Unless you get an external audio interface, in which case any of them would do.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:39 PM   #13
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All of them will "make good work". But what sort of work will you be doing?

Garageband? Logic? Pro Tools? What audio input sources are you going to be using? How many tracks?

You will need a fast CPU, so the 21.5" would be best.
You will benefit from a big screen, so the 27" would be best.
Unless you get a 32" monitor for the Mini, which would be best.

If you want built-in audio in, you need to get the Mini, so that would be best.
Unless you get an external audio interface, in which case any of them would do.
make electronic music , Logic ..
that all .. but the imac 27 its really beutiful ..
the i5 2.9 its eought ?
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:45 PM   #14
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I5 2.9 or i5 3.2

hi , i buy imac 27 , and i dont sure wich procssor take .
i need that for Logic , electronic Music Production .
2.9 its euoght or take 3.2 ?

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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:46 PM   #15
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The 2.9 is "enough" yes.
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The 2.9 is "enough" yes.
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my english its really bad .

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The iMac with the i5 processor at 2.9GHz is $200 less than the one with the 3.2GHz processor. Between the two, you get both a faster processor, and a better GPU. That's something to consider.

If you don't need either, you could consider more RAM as the iMac isn't really user-upgradeable anymore.
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my english its really bad .

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No, your english isn't a problem. If you're looking for something sufficient for your work, the 2.9 will be enough.
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The iMac with the i5 processor at 2.9GHz is $200 less than the one with the 3.2GHz processor. Between the two, you get both a faster processor, and a better GPU. That's something to consider.

If you don't need either, you could consider more RAM as the iMac isn't really user-upgradeable anymore.
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No, your english isn't a problem. If you're looking for something sufficient for your work, the 2.9 will be enough.
so my friends , i5 2.9 its euoght for Logic electronic music produce ? , i dont need better GRAPHIC CARD because i make music , not graphic
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Does logic offload work to the GPU by any chance?
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Does logic offload work to the GPU by any chance?
Logic its a music produce software
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I understand that, but that doesn't mean it couldn't offload calculations to the GPU.
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I understand that, but that doesn't mean it couldn't offload calculations to the GPU.
i cant understand you .
the point its : gpu is 100% not important .

so 2.9ghz i5 will be great ?
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You'd see a far better improvement going to the i7. I'm pretty sure the i5s don't do hyperthreading.
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You'd see a far better improvement going to the i7. I'm pretty sure the i5s don't do hyperthreading.
for sure i7 make better work , but i cant get it .

i5 2.9 make great work too ?
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