Have Discounts, May Purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by man2525, May 3, 2004.

  1. man2525 macrumors newbie

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    May 3, 2004
    Location:
    Orlando, FL
    #1
    Greetings all,

    This forum has made me realize that I'm squandering my access to price discounts. I'm a part-time computer science student and a full-time employee at a university with an Apple-fanatical computer store.

    I would like help brainstorming a mac-based solution for my following two needs:

    1) Create DVDs from divx and xvid encoded video sources.
    2) Record a single electric guitar and add synth tracks (together or separate).

    Logistics:

    I will place this setup in a 3rd bedroom, and will have to move it occasionally.

    Wants:

    For the DVDs, I would like motion menus, good encoding quality, and the ability to experiment with hotspotting(?, I'm a digital media novice) images, other than squares, in a menu.

    For audio recording, I would like something fairly intuitive so that I can work through song ideas, but will still produce sound decent enough that the average person finds the recording quality acceptable.

    Background:

    Using a PC, I have used a mix of freeware and trialware programs to decompress divx and xvid encoded video files, re-encoded them for use as elementary streams, created
    motion menus, and edited wave files for simple fade effects for audio on the menu screens.

    I never burned a single DVD because I ran out of patience. It takes my Athlon XP 1600 6 hours to encode 30 minutes of video using 2 pass VBR (high quality setting in TMPEGenc).

    I am a decent musician, but recording and production are as intangible to me as computers are to the average person. I am impressed with the improvement in the
    sounds of synths, and would like to use them in addition to guitar. I have also played piano, so I think that I could put that knowledge to use with midi control.

    I'm going to throw out $3K as a budget because the audio requires so much...

    I'm considering using the ADC Student Discount as I have not used it before...

    My educational pricing should be the same as most places, but here's the address:

    http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/HEDCustom?qprm=53629

    This store seems to have good pricing on audio gear:

    http://www.audiomidi.com/

    Any suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

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    Location:
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    #2
    the 1.6 or 1.8 single would probably best fit your budget both are very high performance, faster ones should be coming out in a few months if you can wait that long
    get at least 512MB RAM whatever you do, 256 isn't enough


     
  3. man2525 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    May 3, 2004
    Location:
    Orlando, FL
    #3
    Thanks

    Thanks for the advice. I might have made my post too long, though, as no one else has replied.
     

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