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from PC to IMAC
Old 18th October 2013
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from PC to IMAC

Hello world, I'm very excited about switching from PC to MAC for music production.

Just got a new IMAC I5, 21.5 inch.

The last time I used a MAC was the IMAC in 2000(Purple). I remember MAC OS8(I think it was the OS8).

Anyway, I'm going to do everything IN THE BOX. No analogs, no VA's, just INTHE BOX. I feel WHen I had too much equipment, focus suffered.


I still make Old School Classic Synthpop/Psychill.

What would you first get for the IMAC? I'm starting over.. I have no controller, no sound card, no software plugs.. What would you get first?



I will get.

1. LOGIC - finally will be switiching to LOGIC from ABleton.

2. Sound Card first- what's a good card for 200.00 - 500.00.

2. Softsynths - will get DCAM, Tremor and Geist or Maschine with Massive.

3. my Keyboard controller - Maudio Venom or Novation Ultra

4. Do I need UAD Cards? I used the UAD cards for my PC but my PC was from 07. I know computers got faster .
Old 19th October 2013
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Regarding soundcards/interfaces, it would help if you mentioned how many inputs and outputs you might need.
Old 19th October 2013
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As mentioned, depends on how many inputs you need. If you're all ITB, and doing synth type stuff, it sounds like you won't need a lot of inputs. MIDI won't be an issue if you go with a USB keyboard controller.

There are many audio interfaces available. I use an MBOX 3 with my Mac, and it has performed flawlessly and with very low latency. I use it with Logic and Protools 10.

Before getting any plugins (synths and FX), live with Logic for a while. There as some fantastic synths, samplers, drum machines and keyboard/organ/clav emulations, solid reverb, and decent sounding basic compression and eq.

As for the keyboard controller, I always put feel over features. I currently use an Maudio keyboard, and it has a good amount of tension, which I like, and the keys feel solid. I had a Novation, and it was OK, but not as stiff. I prefer a stiffer synth weighted keyboard. I also tried a CME and it was a piece of crap. No tension and the keys physically made a loud clicking noise when you played.

You only need a UAD card if you want UAD exclusive plugins. A modern iMac should give you pleanty of power.
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