Which First Mac for Logic?

asimmd

Logician
Hello all

Now that Apple have announced the new range of iMacs etc,I am at a loss
to understand why the iMac I was after now has no FireWire port.

My interest must now turn to the Mac Mini,and I must ask if this new £679 model will run Logic9 satisfactorily.

Does the 5400 speed drive pose any problem for handling audio.

Your comments appreciated,thanks.

Alan
 

TeknoSmurf

New Member
Hello all

Now that Apple have announced the new range of iMacs etc,I am at a loss
to understand why the iMac I was after now has no FireWire port.

My interest must now turn to the Mac Mini,and I must ask if this new £679 model will run Logic9 satisfactorily.

Does the 5400 speed drive pose any problem for handling audio.

Your comments appreciated,thanks.

Alan
It is true that the new iMacs do not have any Firewire ports. However, that does not mean that you cannot use Firewire devices with them. The new iMacs have two Thunderbolt ports which can be used for connecting peripheral devices, including Firewire devices. You will need a Thunderbold to Firewire adapter cable, though, to connect a Firewire device to the Thunderbolt port. Below is a link which shows that adapter:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD464ZM/A
 
To answer the 5200 rpm drive question: yes it does. Grab an SSD if you can afford one (the 500 GB Toshiba drive in $300 at Other World Computing here in the US).
 

asimmd

Logician
Many thanks for the replies.

As this will be my first Mac,I was not aware of the use of the Thunderbolt connection.
Now I am aware,it changes my choice again,and I can now revert back to my original choice of an iMac.

The FireWire device I wish to connect is an M-Audio Profire interface,so I presume this will connect without problems.

With regard to the HDD question,I presume the drive in the iMac is also a 5400,and I think I would prefer to purchase an External Drive for Audio,and use the internal drive for the OS.

On reflection,if I am going to need an external drive as stated above,I may as well stick with the Mac Mini,and use my existing Monitor/Keyboard and mouse.

Any further comments would be appreciated.

Alan
 

Pete Thomas

Administrator
Staff member
Unless things have changed since I bought my imac, you can have it configured with an internal SSD. Not sure about 500, but 250 was available when I got mine. Plus I also had a 2TB preinstalled and extra RAM.
 

Leemonator

New Member
asimmd, be aware there are two kinds of Firewire, 400 and 800. It looks like the Profire 610 has Firewire 400 ports.
 

asimmd

Logician
Yes,you are correct the Profire does have FireWire 400.

I see I can get a 400 to 800 adaptor which will allow me to connect the Profire.

I presume the 800 port is backwards compatible with the 400?

Alan
 

asimmd

Logician
Well my Mac Mini is only 2 weeks old,so I guess it's that that is causing my current problems.

Thanks for the info

Alan
 
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