Mac Computers For Musicians!!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kiskeya, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. Kiskeya macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2007
    I'm a record producer who's looking into upgrading all of my computers to Macs. I'm now using a couple of Vaios and Dells and they've been nothing but headaches once I upgraded to ProTools.

    Can anyone suggest the best MacBooks and iMacs for ProTools Studios?

    I'm a newbie to the Mac world so excuse me in advance if I'm not familiar with the right terms?

    Thank you.

  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada

    MacRumors Digital Audio Subforum

    Digital audio programs need as much screen area as you can give them.. MacBook Pro 17" here, OR a smaller model with a nice external 20" widescreen LCD monitor - or the iMac 24". If you don't need notebook portability, the iMac 24" is the hands-down performance-price ratio champ.

    THe MacBook Pro is the only intel Mac outside of the MacPro, to offer a slot for expandability. You might want the ExpressCard slot for an additional Firewire bus, or an external SATA bus for drives -- this removes the bandwidth competition between the audio interface and the external drives for the single Firewire controller. You will DEFINITELY want external drives.

    Research ProTools and your plug ins carefully to make sure everything you need is Intel Mac and OSX 10.4.10 compatible
  3. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I'd say MacBook Pros and Mac Pros are what you're after.
  4. Kiskeya thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2007
    Thank you everyone, I was told that this is the page to come to find "friendly" mac experts and I can see that everyone's right...:)

    More info

    I also record allot of instruments (Guitar, Bass, Piano, Violin) straight into my recordings with Pro-Tools LE, so the options of recording Midi is very important. I'm currently using an Mbox via usb, will you suggest that I also upgrade to firewire for example?

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