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Old 09-08-2010, 12:33 PM
StinkyStan StinkyStan is offline
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Default Thinking of buying a Mac Pro...


I'm a PC user (who used to be a mac user) who is thinking of switching back. My Quadcore just bit the dust and honestly, I don't want to go through the hassle of building a custom system and getting it up and running. The last thing I want to do is deal with technical issues that derail the creative process.

I need a rock-solid system for writing/pre-production that I can rely on and the Mac Pro seems to fit the bill.

To any Mac Pro users: What kind of performances are you seeing with PTLE 8? Is there a particular model that has better performance? I plan on using the Eleven Plugin along with VI's and samples, so I need a lot of power.

I am using an mbox mini

Is there any advice you can offer me?

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Old 09-12-2010, 05:04 AM
lincol1 lincol1 is offline
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a Mac Pro...

Well Stinky,
Any of the 8 core Nehalems would be great just remember that PT will see 16 virtual cores, so when setting your RTAS engine set it to 7 not 15, and this will help. Eleven is a demanding plug-in regardless, but this will help.

I'm using a Quad core Woodcrest and really like it. It handles all of my normal needs - 20 to 30 audio tracks w/ 2-3 plugs a piece, 4-5 Aux/FX Returns, 5-10 VI's. I do need to adjust playback buffer often tho. I'm not as lucky as some of the i7 folk who just keep it at 128.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:11 AM
BradLyons BradLyons is offline
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a Mac Pro...

I've been a Windows user all of my life until about 2-years ago. To be frank you can absolutely build a wonderful PC box---for relatively less money than a Mac, but there are differences. Mac's are built 100% the same and integrated with THEIR operating system. To know that they are built with the same parts, the same OS, and that developers write for that system is a blessing to me. I just don't have the problems I had in the Windows world.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:05 PM
Justin1524 Justin1524 is offline
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a Mac Pro...

I use Macs and PCs all day. I have a copy of PT LE 8.x using Windows 7 64bit on a laptop. It's fine but I rarely use it.

Since the beginning Pro Tools has always run better on a Mac and, while things have definitely improved for Windows over the years, I still feel audio, particularly Pro Tools, works better on a Mac.

Why? Well for one, no viruses, no need for virus protection etc. (at least not in the same way PCs need it). Second, Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a very, very good operating system. I'm using an older, 1st Gen Intel Mac Pro I bought used for $1100 and it rocks with Pro Tools HD|2 version 8.1. I get plenty of VI instances and TDM is a dream, as it has been for years, with certain plugins. It boots fast and sessions start fast and performance is awesome.

Now here's the thing. I use my Mac exclusively for audio, I don't do anything else with it. All my gaming, business related stuff, photo editing - I do on a PC. Why? Because I like having a dedicated computer for just audio. I keep a rack full of computers outside of my control room on a rolling rack and run cables in so it's nice and quiet. Consider this setup, you could certainly use both computers. But for audio, get a Mac.
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