Recording with a 12" ibook G4 or with a 13" MBP, any differences??

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by igmolinav, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    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,

  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Huge difference. If you want to record I highly recommend the 13" MBP.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    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,

  4. macrumors 601


    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.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    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,

  6. macrumors 65816


    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.
  7. macrumors 601


    in another thread he's asking about USB mics.
  8. macrumors 68020

    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.

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