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  • What recording program for a Mac?

    I'm just starting out with my home studio (thread here) and I'm getting a middle of the road G4 to record on. Something around 600mhz and a gig of Ram.

    What program would run smoothly on this system? I don't need a bunch of plugins and features, just some basic editing and mixing facilities.

    Thanks for all your help.

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    Logic

    Maybe Pro Tools
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    • #3
      for a mac the popular ones are probably

      pro tools
      logic
      digital performer


      plent of others too


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      • #4
        Logic is the future on Mac...even getting vaguely familiar with the program will help you in the long run. Apple and Emagic are pretty much the same thing nowadays; you can bet your ass that program will run more solidly than any other on a Macintosh platform...
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        • #5
          I use everything but prefer Logic.

          Another thought though is Motu Audiodesk (MAC only). I have never used it, but it comes free with most Motu interfaces so there are probably a ton of copies floating around (I think I have 3 myself) that you could probably get for free. I am not sure of it's editing features but it will record multi tracks and get you started.

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          • #6
            i hate logic, and think it's for tech people more than musicians... i prefer digital performer myself, because of it's ease of use and stability for me (i also use the polar feature alot) ... logic probably is the most extensive program around.. and would be good to learn, if you only need to record a couple of tracks at a time i would try m-box with pro tools le...i'm not sure how good it is, but ask around.. it's a good price and pro tools is good software, and you can bring your project into studios easily. in the end, i wouldn't stress too much about the software, they aren't that much different. they take a while to learn and set up, then the real task becomes how to turn all this stuff into cool sounds.
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            • #7
              How could anyone hate Logic?, I don't know, but I don't understand Muslims who behead Americans either. Yes, Logic can be a tough learning curve, but then so is playing an instrument, and the rewards can be inspireing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by imissthewar
                I'm just starting out with my home studio (thread here) and I'm getting a middle of the road G4 to record on. Something around 600mhz and a gig of Ram.

                What program would run smoothly on this system? I don't need a bunch of plugins and features, just some basic editing and mixing facilities.

                Thanks for all your help.


                Logic has a 'Freeze' feature which you will find very helpful on a slower G4. That said, I use Logic 4.8 on a G4/400 and it gets me by.

                I'm off to Logic 6 (or 7 maybe) soon so i'll be able to put the world of OS9 behind me..
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                • #9
                  If you plan on using a lot of MIDI tracks and softsynths, go Logic. If not, get an MBox with ProTools LE.

                  That's pretty much the general consensis, tho' DP is popular in film scoring circles.

                  Logic used to be a lot more difficult to learn, but now that it includes an auto setup feature, it's a piece of cake (relatively).

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                  • #10
                    You might want to try Metro:
                    http://www.sagantech.biz/

                    Works well for me (350MHz G3 and a Dual G5), moderately priced, and great tech support.

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                    • #11
                      i hate logic because it makes one feel like a tech geek instead of a musician.
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                      • murray451
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                        patshep wrote:
                        i hate logic because it makes one feel like a tech geek instead of a musician.

                        Yes, but does it make you feel like you could murder someone for a political cause just be cause they had a different opinion to you and disliked americans? Or am I missing the point by which you were so unfairly compared......?


                    • #12
                      Thanks for the help, I've decided to go with Pro Tools LE (mainly based on the hardware features). In the end my plan is to have my stuff mixed at a pro studio, and Pro Tools is probably the most compatible.

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