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Author Topic: What is the best computer platform to run audio and midi DAW programs like Pro T  (Read 2172 times)


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What is the best computer platform to run audio and midi DAW programs like Pro Tools and Digital Performer, Mac or PC?  I am thinking of buying a new computer for my home recording setup as my current one (Mac Pro 2007) is starting to show its age.  I love the Mac OS but not the over inflated cost of the hardware.  Should I build a high performance PC or get an iMac or Mac Pro?  Thanks for your input!


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If its going to be a dedicated machine for audio... its pretty much flip a quarter and have a shitload of RAM/ memory.

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Responding to a Mac or PC question is always dangerous, but I'll do it anyway. I use both Mac and PC every day, and I have for years. Mac costs more but gives me less trouble, PC's cost less but give me more trouble. If I had to pick one for Pro Tools, I'd pick a Mac hands down. But that's just me. I have found though, that having Pro Tools on my laptop is something I would miss greatly.


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I'd almost agree with the above, but with one caveat. While Macs can give you less grief from a software point-of-view, if a Mac's hardware goes bad you will be hit for some big repair bills.

In recent years I've personally had far more hardware faults than I ever experienced back in the G3/G4/G5 days. I've currently got 3 Mac Pros (an 08, an 09 and an 2011 series) and between them I've had to replace five motherboards plus the factory RAM on two of them (and one hard drive failure).

Granted this is nothing but anecdotal evidence, but from things I've heard on other forums, others have had similar problems. It's been enough for me to start migrating everything to a Windows PC. Computers are really just commodity items nowadays anyway, so go for the value for money angle.
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