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switch from PC to MAc Pro ??
Old 27th October 2008
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switch from PC to MAc Pro ??

I'm thinking of switching from a PC to a Mac Pro.


My PC motherboard has PCI slots and I want to use PCIe for an AES connection
to my Apogee AD DA 16x

I need to update and it seems like a good time to dump Windows (up yours Bill)

I checked out the Mac Pro and it looks good.

This is a new world for a PC guy, what do I need to know?
Do I need more than 4 gig of ram?

Will two 7200 RPM drives be good or do you need Raid?

I'm planning on running Cubase 4

How did you configure your Mac Pro?
Old 27th October 2008
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Apps in OSX can use 4gig of Ram so add a little more ie 6Gig
DO not buy Ram and drives from apple they are a rip off
Crucial are great for Ram

7200 Drives should be fine inless your running insane track counts in whihc case maybe look at the Western Digital Raptors
even though the Samsung SPinpoint F1 1TB gives a Raptor a good run for its money.

A Bonus for you is you can set up a Boot camp partition and still run Windows
whilst your getting used to OSX.

A note Cubase 4 graphcs are a bit slower under OSX and low latency performance is not as good as windows but with the new Mac Pros this is not such an issue due to sheer power.Finally OSX does not support direct monitoring.
Old 27th October 2008
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Don´t forget that you can have more than one app running at the same time.
8 Gb or more is fine nowadays.
Old 27th October 2008
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I have a year old 8 core MacPro running WinXP Pro. It'a beautiful thing.
At our studio we can run PT, Logic DP (studio partner's daw) in OS 10 or Samplitude (my DAW) in WinXP. It all works well and we no longer need a 2nd machine in the control room (although my laptop does become the "2-track" on some occasions).

I can honestly say that the MacPro has been the best, and most bug free music computer I've erver used.
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