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Investing a Mac desktop for music composition

Discussion in 'Studio Techniques' started by holywilly, May 14, 2011.

  1. holywilly

    holywilly New Member

    Hey guys,

    I'm a music composer using 2006 2.16 Core Duo (500GB HD & 2GB ram) with logic 8 for almost 5 years. Due to increment of software instruments and sound quality demand, I need to invest to a desktop computer.

    I've been doing research of both Mac Pro and iMac, still haven't decided which one to go!

    I don't really do recording (only record vocal for demo purpose), I use mostly Kontakt and EWQL stuffs for my projects and I only compose between 24 to 32 midi channels. Currently I'm working with 44/16bit and wish to go for 48/32bit.

    The new top of the line iMac with i7 and SSD+1TB plus 16GB of 3rd party ram is what I'm looking at, is this machine can really handle what I desire? Or I should really go for 8-core Mac Pro?

    I have all my samples, instruments and sound fx stored at my LaCie external and wish to migrate them to the iMac 1TB if I get it. I also have other FW HD for other data.

    Currently I'm using M-Audio FireWire solo and will switch to duet 2 soon!

    Can someone in this forum who are experienced composers to advise me with the next desktop investment, thanks!

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  3. georgelegeriii

    georgelegeriii Senior member

    The answer lies within this question: what is your maximum budget?

    Also, do you currently own any of the libraries you want to use?
  4. holywilly

    holywilly New Member

    My budget is around $3000USD and yes, I do purchased those libraries

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  5. georgelegeriii

    georgelegeriii Senior member

    Since your requirements aren't too big, yea, the newest gen iMac's are pretty awesome. The FW 800 gives you plenty of room for high speed drives.

    That said, if you are trying to do more complex arrangements, with lots of articulations, the desktop is better, if only for the access to more ram and onboard sata drives.
  6. holywilly

    holywilly New Member

    Thanx for the reply!

    Seems like the new iMac is the choice and I'll be looking at the Mac Pro as my project gets bigger and complex!

    Thanks guys!

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