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mac or pc for sound recording and editing

by mbaddour27 / January 31, 2009 3:03 AM PST

I have an abridged version about 3 paragraphs down so if you don't need any background info then skip right to it!

It's that time again when I need to start thinking about buying a new computer. I'm about ready to toss my current desktop out of my bedroom window and run it over with every car in my driveway but before that happens, I need to figure out which kind of computer to get. I have been using a PC for my entire life but now I'm caught in between a shiny new Mac or a suped up PC.

I am going away to college next year and so naturally I need to get a laptop. Obviously I could go with either Apple or PC and be able to procrastinate on all of my work and surf facebook no problem. My problem comes with being a sort of audiophile. I have about 40 gb of music on an external hard drive right now (my pc would crash if I even thought about moving them internal) and most of the files are .mp3 with a few .wma thrown in the mix. I run Adobe Audition (love that program) and attempt to record music (again, pc is way too slow to handle it) and mix and edit songs. I tried to hook up an 8 channel mixer (USB input) to my computer the other day and not only could it not recognize the hardware, when I finally just plugged it in to the microphone jack, my processor started skipping like a scratched cd.

So basically what I'm trying to say is this:

If I want to be able to record and edit music with physically demanding software such as Adobe Audition or Cakewalk, be able to plug instruments and mixers in and get good sound quality, and stay in a price range of about $1,800, should I make the switch to Apple or should I stay with good ol' PC?

I really appreciate the help. Thanks!

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Just thinking.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 4:39 AM PST

The analog capture hardware is only stereo and so-so on all makes.

I wonder. Are you looking at Maudio gear or "hoping" that onboard audio is better than we know it is?

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by thetrainblanket / January 31, 2009 4:57 AM PST
In reply to: Just thinking.

I understand that I'm not going to get that sound quality that I would from a physical piece of equipment but with what I'm trying to record and make, it's not all that big of a deal.

In terms of gear, I was using an Alesis Multi Mix 8 (usb), so I'm not really hoping to mess around with onboard audio...if that's what you were asking?

any insight on mac or pc would be much appreciated as well


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"rivers for both Windows and Mac OS X"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 8:15 AM PST
In reply to: well...

With that out of the way, either platform has all the oomph needed today. Maybe years ago we teetered on the edge of this stuff running but today you take a C2D in an Apple or another machine and there is not going to be an issue.

But you do want to see a final solution using your capture machine and software to edit before you plunk down the cash. Imagine that you can't stand something in one or the other system. That's usually the deal breaker but for this, not a hardware bottleneck issue.

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