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I need a new recording computer. thinking mini mac. halp?

 
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Nick
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:42 pm    Post subject: I need a new recording computer. thinking mini mac. halp? Reply with quote

My recording pc is from 2008. I think it has 3gb of ram, and an Amd Phenom tri core processor. I did a fresh install of win 7 not long ago but it still crashes and lags. I began this recording project with a former bandmate months ago and it's to the point where working on this computer is so dodgy that it has to be the very last thing I ever record on it.

I think I want a mac. They seem easier to work with when it comes to music production. My bandmate seems to find garageband to be a helpful songwriting tool and I would of course want to put a more serious program on it as well. This would only be used for music recording, and as a hub for my digitial music collection for basement playback and dropping into my oldass ipods.

The current mini macs seem expensive for what they are and not as powerful as the generation before it. Should I hunt down a used 2.5ghz I5 w/8gbs of ram from like 2012 or are there other reasons the current gen is superior?

Is a $300 dell better for recording than a $400 mini mac from 2012? I reeeealy hate windows after 7 tho.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old (2009) MacBook is still going strong, but about two years ago the screen stopped working (inverter cable I think). Rather than fixing it, I've had it behind the TV since, where it's essentially a minimac.

My point is, a broken MacBook might be cheaper.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you still use it for recording or is it more/less an entertainment box now?

Thanks for the tip in any case, it's something to think about. It seems macbooks with dead batteries and/or damaged screens sell for pretty cheap, but I still think I would prefer the form factor of a minimac for a tidy setup, and due to their nature if I'm buying 2nd hand seem like they'd have less likelihood of having been dropped or damaged at any point.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welp I had some monies in my paypal still from selling a guitar so I jumped on a late 2012 mac mini on ebay today. We'll see what happens. It still has the factory 4gb but that'll change before I try any serious recording projects. Also asked two of my mac using friends who both seemed to think this should suit me well.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mini mac line was cool but Apple seems to give zero fucks about it these days.
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