about to buy an imac

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  1. johnb1027 macrumors newbie

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    Been researching for a while and am about to buy a 21.5 in imac. I plan on doing some home music recording. My question is, are the 4gb Ram And the standard processor ok or should i spring for the upgrades? Also ive decided to go with ableton live 8 suite over logic because it seems to be much easier to use. I plan on recording vocals guitars and synth stuff. What otheritems will i need i have mics and i plan on getting the akai mpk25 to use too. Any input or help would be greatly appreciated thanks.
     
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    There's not a whole lot on the iMac - or any other Mac, for that matter - for connecting recording equipment. There's only a single 3.5 mm input connector for audio, so depending on how you want to connect your gear/instruments, you might need to buy some external hardware to properly connect it. If you have the gear to plug into the iMac, I can't imagine your having a hard time using the 21.5. It has a fair amount of horsepower for recording. A Mac Pro would do the job as well, but if it were my money, I'd stick with the iMac for your tasks.
     
  3. johnb1027 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick response i figured i would need to get more usb inputs a midi interface as well as an external hard drive i just didnt know if the basic models ram and processor would be enough but from what im reading it should be cool.
     
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    Yeah the iMac will handle it, your biggest obstacle is the MIDI interface, I think. You can always get a powered USB hub if you need one, or even an external sound card if that's your thing.
     
  5. johnb1027 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wheres the best place to buy a usb hub
     
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    Are you based in the UK or US or somewhere else?

    You can pick them up cheaply from the majority of electronics online stores.
     
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    Yeah, they're pretty easy to find, and one's not necessarily much better than any other. I would recommend you get a powered hub, one that plugs into the wall for additional A/C power.
     
  8. johnb1027 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    im in the us and ill def look at a powered hub thanks any other ideas please keep them coming
     

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