PC vs Mac For Recording

Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by Scar Symmetry, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. arktan

    arktan Icnomptenent

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    It should suffice but for how many years do you intend to use that system for sound-editing/recording? The thing is that it could run future recording programs better than todays if you install a 64-bit system with a future 64-bit recording program. The intel Q8200 Processor can compute in 64-bit so if you put later a 64-bit OS on your comp and a 64-bit recording program (which don't exist yet today from what i know) you should end up with a faster system than you bought for 32-bit applications...
    The question is only: When will the first (reasonably priced) sound-programs be available in 64-bit? Does someone here know that?
     
  2. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    oh yeah I forgot it was Quad Core :lol:

    I could get my old man to build me one, as he's pretty well versed in building PCs, but I'd rather just buy one and have it sooner!
     
  3. synrgy

    synrgy Ya ya ya I am Lorde

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    Dude, you can construct sentences just fine, which gives me faith that you're smart enough to construct a LEGO set, which in turn means you should be able to put together a PC with no trouble at all. :yesway:
     
  4. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    while I probably could, it's easier/quicker to buy one :D
     
  5. thedonutman

    thedonutman SS.org Regular

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    I've not had any problems with recording on my PC, or at least any problems caused by the fact that it is a PC. I've had a few software and driver problems, but that's due to M-audio being incompetent. My PC isn't exactly a fire breathing monster in terms of specs and it never really was even when I first built it (~4 years old), but it handles everything I want to do just fine (ie amp sims, EQ, other vsts + virtual instruments for a full song) and is very stable.

    For pure audio purposes, providing I had the cash, I would get a Mac Pro. Like people have said hardware support for Mac is good, Apple's software development is closer to their hardware development. Vista is terrible and building your own PC can have problems like hardware conflicts that you didn't know about, but I've never had any real problems with anything I've put together.
     
  6. Ze Kink

    Ze Kink the black wizards

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    At your price range, the PC and Mac options are:

    If you want things to be easy, I really recommend going Mac. Save up about £100 and get the white model, it still has a Firewire connection (still can't understand why they took it off from the new ones :nuts:). Then just max the ram at 4gb (any compatible ram will work, not just Apple's ridiculously overpriced stuff!). When you get more money down the road, grab an Apogee Duet or if you need more inputs, M-audio Profire 2626 (stay away from the older M-audio interfaces).

    PC side isn't really any more difficult, but still probably not as much of a breeze as with Macs. First off, make sure that it has a Texas Instruments Firewire chipset, otherwise you WILL have problems. I'd recommend going with Vista 64 and as much ram as possible. Then grab the best Firewire interface you can afford and buy Reaper as your DAW. Get as many free plugins as you can, perhaps buy a few Stillwell or Voxengo plugs too.

    With PC, you'll be finding a lot of good and free stuff. And probably you can get teh warez easier too, if that's the way you want to do things...
     
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    IconW SS.org Regular

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    Mac or Pc? That's always the question.

    I use macs and pc's, but somehow I still prefer pc's. I'm not sure why but somehow pc feels more like machine I like to use when I record or mix. Maybe it's because I've had more good experiences with pc's than mac's (suprise...? :ugh:)
    Mac is mac. It is and works (at least some of the time). Pc is...well...you gotta make somekind of a "realitionship" with it. Yeah, If you have lost your marbles, like me and use pc. :lol:

    But still. Both of them works if you keep them in condition. It's more about what you like and especially how you like to work...and that's more about the programs that you use.
    And yeah. Pc is little bit cheaper....if you find right hardware and you can get along with it. Mac is mac...pc is what you make it to be + some luck.

    That's my opinion.
    And these pc vs. mac conversations are allways little bit :nuts: imho.
     
  8. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    how so? I find it interesting.
     
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    I still stick with Macs are made for creative things. Regardless if you all think it is dumb comment or not I could care less. Macs in my opinion WILL outperform PC's in terms of ease of use. It does take getting used to Mac OS first, once you learn it you will likely love it.
     
  10. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    chill out man no-one challenged your opinion :lol:

    I think I'm going to go PC and keep it internet-free and maintain it well, that should serve me just fine :yesway:
     
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    stuh84 The Viking himself Contributor

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    You never asked about the DAW you want, you asked for a DAW which supports it. I pointed you to one. Stop splitting hairs.
     
  12. Fionn

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    the problem with cheap pre built PCs are the mobo, I emailled Dell omce to find out what mobo they used it some "higher end" PC of thiers, got no reply, why? Cause they didn't want to tell me its a pile of shit!!! Also they always come bloated with pointless ware that is only there for you to either have to delete or pay for!!! Go buy a PC from say PCSPECIALIST.CO.UK - Custom PCs, Custom Computers, Custom PC, Custom Built Computers, Gaming PC and they will built it for you test it and ship it for fuck all.

    honsestly don't do it, (buy HP that is) got to the link above or go to www.dv247.com and get a Synergy, amazing PCs for little cash (comp to a MAC). you wont regret it, I know people who have Dells, Compaqs, HPs etc they are always fucking up!!! I have had my PC form PC Specialist for 5 years Core2Duo 3gb ram etc and its stable and works well, have a efw PT problems due to dodgy plugins but thats my fault!!!
     
  13. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    I don't want to pay £800+! thanks for the suggestions though :yesway:

    question: if you have a more powerful processor, do you need less RAM?
     
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    buy all parts and put together a pc yourself
     
  15. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    we've already established that I don't want to do that.
     
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    why not? it's really not hard at all and is the best way to get the most for your money. I bought the parts for my pc and put it all together for around $1000... the same computer bought from a company who builds custom PCs would be about $1800... something equivalent to it in the Mac world would be even much more than that. I could have spent less money too.. probably could have kept it down to $750 and still had a really, really capable PC
     
  17. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    I knew you were going to say that :rolleyes:

    can we get back on topic now please?
     
  18. JoshuaLogan

    JoshuaLogan Banned

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    I don't see how what I said is off topic, but okay dude :squint:

    rolling your eyes at people who are giving you advice and potentially helping you save money. sweet. haha
     
  19. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    I'd already stated beforehand in the thread that I don't want to build one. so why suggest it?

    I understand that you only want to help, it just seems like such an odd suggestion if you already knew that I don't want to build one I want to buy one.
     
  20. flexkill

    flexkill Vodka & PentaTonic

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    PC FTW!!!! Mac is over priced shite!!!!!!!:yesway::fawk:
     

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