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> Making The Switch. Need Suggestions.
post Mon 31 Jan 2005, 01:30
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Well, after my PC died today, I've had it with the PC architecture and have decided to buy a Mac Mini. This has been a long time coming. It's on order now and can't wait till I get it.
To give you a little insight on my situation, here's my PC's setup:

Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM running Windows XP Pro
120GB hard drive
M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496 Audio Card
M-Audio Oxygen 8 Controller Keyboard
M-Audio Evolution UC-33e Control Unit
M-Audio MidiSport 2x4 USB

Propellerhead Reason 2.5
Propellerhead Recycle 2.1
Sony Sound Forge 7.0

I use other pieces of software, but these are the bread and butter of the operation. I have already downloaded all my drivers to run the controllers, as well as my Mac copies of Recycle and Reason. I just worry about finding a wave editor that's as good as Sound Forge for the Mac. Is there anything that won't destroy my wallet?

Another concern of mine is the pesky latency issue. I probably should have ordered a PowerMac for its PCI slots, but it's too late, I guess. I have always heard that Macs have been great as far as MIDI latency goes, but it still worries me. I may even decide to plug my Creative Labs Extigy into the Mac Mini so that I can have audio input capability, but that will probably affect my latency, as well, wouldn't it?

At any rate, hope someone can shed some light on this soon-to-be convert!
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post Wed 25 Apr 2007, 22:30
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I am also planning to buy a mac for my music, and I am looking for a setup that will fit my use.
I have two M-Audio Delta 1010LT PCI cards, because I need at least 8 analogue outputs. But before ordering a new PowerMac, someone questioned if they could be used on a mac, and I found out that the new PowerMac has PCI-Express, not PCI slots. PCI-Express uses serial data transfer, not paralell, and therefore they are different, and not compatible angry.gif

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M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496 Audio Card
I probably should have ordered a PowerMac for its PCI slots, but it's too late, I guess.

So If you still want a PowerMac, order an old used one, and remember to check to see if the soundcards are compatible with the desired mac. (Some cards does not work on mac without modifications, and some does not work on spesiffic mac's)
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post Fri 27 Apr 2007, 03:51
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the720k, remember you'll need RAM and preferably an external firewire HD for audio.

In regards of the wave editor issue, there's a few, but you can use audacity, it's free, else the standard is Peak. One day, the developer of soundforge will learn that macs are great and it'll raise some needed competition…

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post Fri 27 Apr 2007, 20:03
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Not sure there are Mac drivers for that Creative card.

Mac come standard with 24bit audio with Optical SPDIF I/O, some use the connection with the Apogee Mini Me.

Mac Pros use PCIe, not the old PCI.


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