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  • Life long PC user reaching out to iMac users.

    After falling in love with other Apple products such as the iPhone and all versions of iPad, I have decided to make my home a Windows free zone. I have been spending quite a bit of time on the Apple website looking at all that the iMac has to offer. I know that I will most likely either go with Pro Tools or Logic Pro once I get the feel of the machine but first things first.

    I'm going with a 27 inch monitor but after that I'm up in the air as to any upgrades that might be essential to having a smooth running machine during production.

    Is there anything I should be aware of? Is a fusion drive necessary? Should I store externally? And what about all of those different cables offered? Does anyone mind helping me make sense out of it all? Since my wife and I have agreed to go in debt for a nice set up we figure we might as well invest in what is needed all at once as opposed to piecing it all together a bit at a time.

    A big thanks ahead of time for everyone's help.

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    Stay away from fusion drives.
    Put a decent amount of ram in it (might as well get 16gb and be done with it)

    As with any daw of any platform, you want multiple drives for max efficiency:
    Os, apps and plugins on boot drive
    Sample libraries on second drive (if you use them)
    Audio projects and tracks on third drive.
    Use 7200rpm drives always - and no 'green' drives that automatically sleep.
    Tim O'Brien

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    • #3
      Thanks!

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      • #4
        Fastest internal drive that fits. (Sounds like a 2.5 inch drive. The Momentus XT hybrid drive works pretty well in my macbook pro.) Magic mouse set up with two buttons, And I also like and have a trackpad. (All bluetooth.)

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        • #5
          new imac is great for music, its ultra quiet and fast but you will need to get a super drive as there is no cd drive with the newer (2013+) models, get an external drive to record to . most of the new focusrite interfaces are compatable with os x yosemite and logic does what it says on the tin.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gpaaib View Post
            After falling in love with other Apple products such as the iPhone and all versions of iPad, I have decided to make my home a Windows free zone. I have been spending quite a bit of time on the Apple website looking at all that the iMac has to offer. I know that I will most likely either go with Pro Tools or Logic Pro once I get the feel of the machine but first things first.

            I'm going with a 27 inch monitor but after that I'm up in the air as to any upgrades that might be essential to having a smooth running machine during production.

            Is there anything I should be aware of? Is a fusion drive necessary? Should I store externally? And what about all of those different cables offered? Does anyone mind helping me make sense out of it all? Since my wife and I have agreed to go in debt for a nice set up we figure we might as well invest in what is needed all at once as opposed to piecing it all together a bit at a time.

            A big thanks ahead of time for everyone's help.
            Well, that's quite a number of questions, and some are rather unspecific (not your fault). I'm a hacker, so I bought my first PC circa 1984 - had a Kaypro CP/M machine even before that. Used PCs exclusively until 2001, when I got bored with them and decide to buy a Mac (TiBook) just for fun. I gradually switched the entire household over to Macs after that. Well, not even that gradually: I think we were all Mac by 2005 (three sons, wife). Today I use a Mac Pro as my main machine: two 27" Cinema Displays, 1TB SSD along with two 1TB regular HDs. I run Win 10 Tech Preview on its own drive via VMware Fusion. I also use a MacBook Pro (family room) and MacBook Air (in my briefcase, my work machine), and - lastly - a Mac Mini in my basement studio, although it and my Mac Pro and MB Pro are also loaded with PreSonus Studio Artist 2 Pro (as good as Logic, and better in some respects). I'm now experimenting with Pro Tools, since it was bundled with my 11-Rack Effects Procesor.

            This is a long way of saying you can't go wrong with a Mac environment. It's INCREDIBLY stable and bullet-proof, and as good as Logic is, you can also run Pro Tools and Studio Artist (a latecomer, but a helluva a powerful product). PM me if you have specific questions you'd like to have answered.
            "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; it's inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."

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            • #7
              get a Mac and be done with it
              Last edited by moogerfooger; 01-20-2015, 11:24 AM.

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