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    what computer should i buy?

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    hi im pretty new to this,ive been making beats for fun on my computer and stuff
    but ive come to make some pretty good sounds,my problem is my computer cant handle the sound,its old,but im conflicted and plz i need help with this some ppl tell me to get a g4 mac
    and some say get the imac, and i was told to get a pc,but i want to know what you guys thank is a great computer for me to start of with,b4 i buy my motif rack and mpc.....

    cheers

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    For the most power for the best value, you are going to want to build your own. Something with at least 1 gb ram, 2.8 ghz p4 or similar brand, two hard drives (one for programs and one for audio) and a nice interface/soundcard. I get alot of my computer parts from ebay, just because they are cheaper and im broke. Buying an allready made computer from Compusa or other retailer is going to come with cheaper parts to keep the prices down, so you arent going to get the best computer for your money, and you dont get exactly what you want.

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    it depends on what software you wanna run. if you are wanting to run sonar, acid or FL then you NEED a pc as they are PC only. if you want Logic, or Digital Performer then you are in Mac land. Some products are cross platform and work on both. i use work loosly. Nuendo and Cubase are cross platform but perform better on a PC. Pro Tools runs on both, but Mac users get better treatment from digidesign.

    as for power either will give it to you. for PCs the best way to go, if you don't have the patience or skills to build one yourself is to get a pre configured computer for music. http://www.adkproaudio.com builds excellent quality DAWs and also have budget solutions. if you want an off the shelf solutions the Dell Optiplex line is good. Myself and about 6 other producers and engineers I know are running Optiplex's for our Nuendo rigs.

    If you are going the mac route then i'd go for a G5, even the base model. If you need to save money then get a Dual 1ghz G4 (they still gottem on apple website, and they are always up on ebay) and blow out the RAM.

    whichever you use make sure you get a second hard drive for audio. either a second internal IDE drive or an external firewire drive. you NEED this for maximum performance.

    also consider a your soundcard. if you go Pro Tools you dont have to worry because you HAVE to use digi hardware. BUT if you go with another software you will need a good soundcard. STAY AWAY from the Sound Blaster and such for an audio computer. M-Audio makes decent soundcards for small budgets. If you have some money to spend then look into MOTU boxes and RME. good stuff. I use a MOTU 2408mk3. it hasn't been perfect but it's been running smooth for quite some time now.

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    mlp has it dead on, however i prefer building my own pc. that way you know exactly what is in your pc and you know what you need to do to upgrade it later.

    and as far as macs go definately if you have the money go for a g5, really any of them will do, but stay away from imacs, emacs and the like. theyre way underpowered and you cant expand/upgrade them for $#!+. Powerbooks and ibooks arent bad but make sure you get an external firewire or usb2 hard drive for your audio.

    moogman is right about pc's being the best value. its sad but true, i sure wish they lowered the price of macs. theyd have a much larger following if they did. i know many people including myself have held off buying one just cause theyre so damned expensive compared to pc's. someday macs will dominate the market....someday.

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    of course pc's are the better value and you can build them yourself...
    but for the reliability...
    go for G5 dual 1.8ghz... it's sure expencive but absolutly great...
    get logic 6.0 or digital performer with it.. as mlp said... (you've then got the ultimate system!)

    but it's just a matter of what you prefer...

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    Originally posted by Rick J
    of course pc's are the better value and you can build them yourself...
    but for the reliability...
    go for G5 dual 1.8ghz... it's sure expencive but absolutly great...
    get logic 6.0 or digital performer with it.. as mlp said... (you've then got the ultimate system!)

    but it's just a matter of what you prefer...

    cheers
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    I disagree with the reliablility part.
    I built my Workstation over a year ago:
    Dual AMD 2400+ = 2.0ghz x2
    2GB ram
    3 WD2000JB 200GB HDD
    MOTU 2408MK3 Soundcard
    Etc, etc... (See my site for full specs)

    I have had NO Problems with my setup and it runs smooth as a baby's butt.
    Meanwhile you goto any Mac Site be it Yahoo, Motu, Cubase any Mac site and you see people with lots of problems.
    The same for PC.
    I use Cubase SX which utilizes both my Procs. I also have 2GB of ram so VST's run smooth and 3 HDD which are partitioned a certain way. I also have a Dual Boot install one for home use(E-Mail, Internet, Networking etc)
    and one with everything turned off and is strictly for Music.

    The truth is, If you Build your own PC and do it right you will get better reliability and performance than any Store built Mac/Pc. Because your building a Customized Music Workstation not a Generically built PC/Mac.

    But I do agree w/ Rich when he says, It's just a matter of what you prefer.
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    Also have a look at the FP "Computer Tweaks & Setup" Forum.

    https://www.futureproducers.com/foru...lay/forumid/17
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    Go with a PC over a Mac.
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    Originally posted by mlp


    whichever you use make sure you get a second hard drive for audio. either a second internal IDE drive or an external firewire drive. you NEED this for maximum performance.

    STAY AWAY from the Sound Blaster and such for an audio computer.
    I know IDE drives are getting better, I would still recommend a SCSI disk over an IDE. I would go with an ultra160, I have one and it never bogs down. You are going to need a SCSI controller card as well.


    The Sound Blaster series cards are for the guy who likes to play video games and listen to his MP3's on his computer. I wouldn't use one for audio work.

    hope this helps!
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    For your soundcard, I suggest the M-Audio Firewire 410 for stationary use( even thought it's made for portability) and the M-Audio Mobile Pre for portability.
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