New iMacs and Recording: your thoughts

thumper

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Oct 25, 2003
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are the new iMacs good machines for recording???
(protools & logic)

right now i use a 1.33 g4 powerbook with an Mbox,
and i ALWAYS get CPU & USB errors.

would the entry level imac diminish these errors??
or is the powermac more what i should be getting??
 

Killyp

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Jun 14, 2006
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The iMac would be perfect for your needs. Some say the MacPro is better, but most people would never push an iMac to the degree that they feel a need to ugprade.

Having used the new iMac today, for an extended period, I can really recommend it as a great machine, the build quality, performance and design is absolutely fantastic, unlike any other machine I've seen.

It seems almost like more of a pro machine when you look at the performance and build quality/design. Like a MacPro, in one box.
 

seclusion

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Jul 15, 2007
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The only thing I'd be concerned with the iMac for recording is the FW bus.
For a lot of Daw (Digital Audio Workstations) not only is FW used for extra HD's but for the sound-card as well.
You'll want an extra HD for the audio files, then a dedicated sound-card.
So the jury is still out as to whether the 2 FW ports share the same bus on the new iMac's. If they don't, spec wise they'd rawk for a Daw. 4 Gigs of ram is great, as well as adding a second screen is cool.
I use a Mac Pro 2.66 model with 5 gigs of ram, but the most important for me is having 4 Hd's inside one machine.
I have a ton of CPU power left doing my song-writing, for the first time I'm not worrying about the computer keeping up with me. :D
Just the FW bus would be my only slight concern which may be ok.
I guess you can do Usb 2 Hd's but they don't do as well for audio as Fw does.