20" or 24" for Pro Tools

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by joe.cavers, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. joe.cavers macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I'm buying a new iMac soon to use solely as an audio workstation with Pro Tools and Ableton Live for some small project work. Basically I'm wondering if the 20" will be enough space? With Pro Tools I usually only have the Edit window open, and maybe one or 2 plugin windows (Hybrid, Xpand, Smack, EQ3). I've been using Reason a lot but I'm trying to get out of using it (it sounds tired).

    At the end of the day, I kinda need this mac soon for University (which starts next week) but I was interested to see what other audio users had to say on the subject. I know the real answer here is if you need it, buy it. If you don't wait, but still.....

  2. junior macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2003
    I use a 24" screen in the studio. It's just nicer to be able to see more channels when mixing, plus editing is easier as well when you can have big wave forms showing on multiple channels.
    If you can afford it, get 24". Or you could always get a nice plugin or two for the price difference if you opt for 20".
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Get the 24 and buy a second one for the mix page!!

    Seriously, the more screen real estate you have the happier you'll be, a second monitor, however small is very useful.
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    maybe i'm still getting used to my 24" monitor, but i think i could get by fine w/ 20". then again, i'm coming from years of using a 15" monitor :)
  5. 3rdpath macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    i run a pair of 22" acers that i picked up for around $215 each...love the real estate. i do run a 24" on one of my home systems...it's nice but gets crowded quite quickly.

    frankly, i'd buy a 3rd 22" if i had room for it...
  6. BCains macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2007
    Gold Coast, Australia
    ^ Agreed.

    IMO 20" is sufficient, especially coming from the 15" MBP.
    But defiantly the second monitor for the mix window!

    If you can budget the 24" get it, or the 20" plus some studio goodies.
  7. mcmacintyre macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2008
    do everything in your pwoer to get the 24
    you won't regret!
    if you get the 20, you'll always be wondering 'what if'

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