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  • #61
    I think I saw one post speaking about Logic. Besides that is the usual goal of owning a computer in this thread, making music right? Anyway it's all good. I realize I may have spun off in my own direction.


    That was Audacity Works who mentioned Logic, but didn't elaborate much.

    The thread has "OT" in the title - which means it might not always be on topic in this forum.

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    • #62
      Exactly.

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      • #63
        Be aware the MAC AIR may not have the specs to handle DAW's


        The lack of a DVD drive is an obstacle for sure

        If you stick to CPU friendly programs like Reason, Live or Reaper you should be OK. The new Air outperforms my '09 MackBook Pro.
        My VCAs go to 11

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        • #64
          Yes! The new Air is looking beefy though.

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          • #65
            The lack of a DVD drive is an obstacle for sure.

            DVD drive (external) is a $79 option.

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            • #66
              DVD drive (external) is a $79 option.


              I've been looking into these, and this Samsung for $39 seems to have better reviews.

              Also, I haven't tried this (but need to), but for loading software on to the Air it is possible to use another machine's drive as per this article.
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              Michael
              Jupiter-50, MOX6, TI Polar, Moog LP, Korg Micro X, JV-1080
              27" iMac, DP 7.24, Omnisphere, Alchemy, many more...
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              • #67

                Also, I haven't tried this (but need to), but for loading software on to the Air it is possible to use another machine's drive as per this article.


                Well, I just tried it, and it works like a charm. I just installed MOTU's Ethno 2 software instrument on my AIR using the drive in my iMac. The process appeared to virtually monopolize my WiFi network while this was being done.
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                Michael
                Jupiter-50, MOX6, TI Polar, Moog LP, Korg Micro X, JV-1080
                27" iMac, DP 7.24, Omnisphere, Alchemy, many more...
                http://www.youtube.com/keybdwizrd

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                • #68
                  using external dvd drives over the network works great except for ripping CDs.
                  the difference between theory and practice is that in theory there is no difference
                  Album out now! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cosmicpassenger
                  http://www.vimeo.com/user772171/videos

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                  • #69
                    I have the new Air, and Logic Pro. I have a project with about 40 tracks, runs fine on my Air, less then 40% CPU...

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                    • #70
                      I have the new Air, and Logic Pro. I have a project with about 40 tracks, runs fine on my Air, less then 40% CPU...


                      Actually that is great to hear! I think I am going to get another Air, especially now that it has a lighted keyboard and even more ROM and processing power than even last year's model.

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                      • #71
                        The lack of a DVD drive is an obstacle for sure

                        If you stick to CPU friendly programs like Reason, Live or Reaper you should be OK. The new Air outperforms my '09 MackBook Pro.


                        Aw goddamit. I was thinking I'd get an iPad2 as my super portable e-reader, iOS app machine (particularly for Dingsaller, Nanostudio, and Tabletop), and interactive album player (eg. Bjork's latest release). But for just a few quid more, I can get an Air more powerful than my Macbook Pro??? Something to think about for me...

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                        • #72
                          Aw goddamit. I was thinking I'd get an iPad2 as my super portable e-reader, iOS app machine (particularly for Dingsaller, Nanostudio, and Tabletop), and interactive album player (eg. Bjork's latest release). But for just a few quid more, I can get an Air more powerful than my Macbook Pro??? Something to think about for me...


                          I got frustrated about the same thing when the IPAD 1 and the new AIR came out last year. I bought both returned the IPAD and just sold the AIR 2 weeks ago. Both units are way better now and actually compliment each other in a cool way.
                          I just got the IPAD 2 a few weeks back and love it this time. Will get the 13inch AIR instead this time as well. Heaven!

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                          • #73
                            I have been trying to convince my son, who is saving for a laptop, that he should look at Apple seriously, but he wants a Windows-based system. His reasoning is that a friend who owns an Apple notebook keeps saying that "such-and-such" game can't run on his laptop. Isn't there some sort of program for Apple OS's that allows running Windows programs?

                            Doing research on laptops reliability is real sketchy. Some articles praise Apple as far ahead of others and others show data suggesting that they are about the same as several other brands like Asus, Toshiba, and Sony. The main thing would probably be service though, right? For Windows-based laptops the only company that appears to be on top of the service game is ADK.

                            I would consider spending the upgrade dollars for an Air as a replacement for an iPad if it functioned as a tablet and if the iOS apps would run on it - basically if it was like a mash-up of the current iPad and Airs.
                            Gribs

                            ...Music can be used to stimulate mass emotion, while mathematics cannot; and musical incapacity is recognized (no doubt rightly) as mildly discreditable, whereas most people are so frightened of the name of mathematics that they are ready, quite unaffectedly, to exaggerate their own mathematical stupidity.

                            G.H. Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).

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                            • #74
                              Well at the risk of sounding snobbish or contrived, owning Apple products is somewhat a life style. The Air is a full fledged super thin laptop with now a lot of power and missing just a few things that it's larger Mac and PC brothers still have. It is not a tablet and like many Apple products works in conjunction with other Apple products like a family, some redundancy of course. Yes their products are expensive and more expensive in general than PC type products. To me it is worth it for the things that Macs do well and better than PC's. It goes both ways though. Try Bootcamp for running windows products on MAC.
                              Also you can install windows on Mac as an OS but it will really slow things down.

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                              • #75
                                a friend who owns an Apple notebook keeps saying that "such-and-such" game can't run on his laptop. Isn't there some sort of program for Apple OS's that allows running Windows programs?


                                Yes, multiple.

                                "Boot Camp" comes free with the Mac (well kinda free... you have to supply your own copy of Windows 7, not included). Then you simply hold down a key at bootup, and decide whether you want to boot it up as a Mac or as a Windows PC. Some people feel that this is the best Windows laptop you can buy... well-designed, good performance, good service/support (though not for Windows-specific issues), and you can turn it into a Mac by rebooting it.

                                "Parallels" and "VMWare Fusion" are two inexpensive applications you can run on a Mac that allow Windows to run concurrently with the Mac environment. Benefits are that you don't have to reboot to switch between Windows mode and Mac mode, and you can easily cut-and-paste and otherwise transfer data between the two environments. Downside is that Windows performance is slightly lower than when you boot into Boot Camp's "Windows Only" mode. And again, you have to supply your own copy of Windows.

                                There's no reason you can't install Windows both ways, so you can use Parallels/Fusion most of the time, but choose to reboot into the Boot Camp installation when you need the highest Windows performance.

                                My own suggestion in any of these configurations is, use the Windows world for as little or as much as you want except do NOT go online in the Windows environment. Do all of your online work (web surfing, email, other apps that access the net) strictly from the Mac side. That way you will have a Windows PC that is almost immune from all the viruses and such that routinely mess them up (and the Mac side is, for all intents and purposes, still not susceptible to those problems, for ten years and counting).

                                The only downside compared to a Windows laptop is that it's more expensive.

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