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Sossij
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Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!?
      #1030483 - 25/01/13 10:16 PM
Hi everyone. I'm at a fork in the road in terms of equipment.

I've been running a macbook for 5 years with an Alesis io26 firewire interface. This setup has worked beautifully for a long time but is now slowly falling away. My love affair with Apple is waning, and I'm gradually migrating away from them. Now the screen is smashed on my macbook and I've lost all patience in waiting for Logic 10, and I feel I'd like to get a more modest setup - a Windows 7 laptop with Reaper.

BUT I can't believe how confusing it is!!

I have a firewire interface and no laptops have firewire any more. If I wanted to get some sort of adapter then even THAT seems to be a minefield. Can a USB 2 interface cope with recording 14-16 simultaneous channels? I'm sure they can now, but when I was buying the io26 the talk was "definitely firewire over USB". The i3 i5 i7 model-names are totally confusing and misleading. Windows 8 is literally the WORST operating system I've ever used, and I'm including Vista in that, so it has to be W7.

Come on PC guys. I really want to make the switch, but right now a second hand macbook pro is looking to be a much better / simpler option. Can anybody convince me that it's really worth switching?? I thought it would be simple!

Mark.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030488 - 25/01/13 10:34 PM
Quote Sossij:

Hi everyone. I'm at a fork in the road in terms of equipment.

I've been running a macbook for 5 years with an Alesis io26 firewire interface. This setup has worked beautifully for a long time but is now slowly falling away. My love affair with Apple is waning, and I'm gradually migrating away from them. Now the screen is smashed on my macbook and I've lost all patience in waiting for Logic 10, and I feel I'd like to get a more modest setup - a Windows 7 laptop with Reaper.

BUT I can't believe how confusing it is!!

I have a firewire interface and no laptops have firewire any more. If I wanted to get some sort of adapter then even THAT seems to be a minefield. Can a USB 2 interface cope with recording 14-16 simultaneous channels? I'm sure they can now, but when I was buying the io26 the talk was "definitely firewire over USB". The i3 i5 i7 model-names are totally confusing and misleading. Windows 8 is literally the WORST operating system I've ever used, and I'm including Vista in that, so it has to be W7.

Come on PC guys. I really want to make the switch, but right now a second hand macbook pro is looking to be a much better / simpler option. Can anybody convince me that it's really worth switching?? I thought it would be simple!

Mark.




Mate I would love to say you should switch to PC, but if you like the io26 and it works reliably with Macs, maybe you should stick with the Mac. I agree that Reaper is better than Logic (based on a fair bit of experience with Reaper and not a lot with Logic, so maybe I'm biased... I've loved Reaper a long time!), but Reaper runs on Macs too now.

The io26 has been a bit hit and miss for me with my PCs. Despite them all having TI chipsets, I ended up getting a R16 because I was so sick of my recordings getting ruined.

P.s. what do you mean, your system is "slowly falling away"?

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Richard Graham]
      #1030490 - 25/01/13 10:47 PM
Thanks for your reply Richard. Well, slowly falling away is slightly overdramatic, but I know my io26 won't last forever, my macbook is gradually being unsupported (can't get Mountain Lion, not that I'm particularly bothered) and now my screen is smashed. And Apple are generally annoying me (iphone 5, where the hell is Logic 10 etc).

It just felt like the "right time" to look to the future.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030501 - 26/01/13 01:00 AM
If you absolutely need a laptop and want firewre then a mac might be the way to go but there are tons of great USB 2 interfaces that can do that channel count with no problems. As the IO26 is discontinued I'm not sure how long you'll be able to get drivers for it, also most interfaces seem to moving away from firewire now and I'd be surprised if future macs included it, now that they've taken on thunderbolt and are keeping USB3 as well.

I'm not sure what you dislike about win 8 but if you want to it can be made to look like 7, I really like 7 but if you buy anything new it probably come with 8 on it now.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030502 - 26/01/13 01:00 AM
Yes the USB interface is fine. Firewire is no magic. Nobody has problems with their USB interface. It is in no way a limiting issue. I've never run into problems with 8 channels coming in through USB.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030510 - 26/01/13 07:40 AM
You can still get laptops with expresscard slots that can take a firewire card if necessary if you wish to use your current interface.
Just make sure the adaptor has a TI chip and you should be fine.
And it needn't be expensive either, my £300 core i3 fujitsu has an express card slot and it's brand new.

Ant last of all, I like windows 8 but you can always downgrade to windows 7 if necessary.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: DGL.]
      #1030515 - 26/01/13 09:52 AM
Quote DC-Choppah:

Yes the USB interface is fine. Firewire is no magic. Nobody has problems with their USB interface. It is in no way a limiting issue. I've never run into problems with 8 channels coming in through USB.




Can it take more than 8? I always record live, backing vocals, vocals, the whole lot. So I sometimes get up to 16 simultaneous tracks (using my trusty ADA8000 via ADAT).

Furthermore, I'm absolutely astounded that people like Windows 8! I am no computer noob, although probably wouldn't qualify as a geek. I had my first experience setting up a W8 machine two days ago: It took me 5 minutes to find the desktop and 15 minutes to find the control panel. Hot corners which change every time you visit them, bungled and bloated, built for a touch screen (ie try getting out of an app in full screen!) bolted-on top of the previous system. Why Microsoft, why?? It was working before, you had a USP (in that everyone knows how to use a Windows machine) and then you tried to copy everyone else - but also stay the same - and ended up with a clusterf*** of an OS.

I'm no big fan of OSX but it's much simpler to use. However, I've recently been using a chromebook dual-booted with Ubuntu, and both operating systems are so clean, simple and intuitive. It puts Windows 8 to shame. In fact using Ubuntu is more like Windows that Windows 8! Anyway ... *gets off soapbox*

Thanks everyone for your advice so far. The express card possibility is a good one, can't seem to find any smaller laptops with that facility though. Please keep suggestions coming. I really want to do this and need reassurance!


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030519 - 26/01/13 10:21 AM
http://www.rolandconnect.com/product.php?p=studio-capture

Might that ^ help make up your mind?

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: ef37a]
      #1030520 - 26/01/13 10:26 AM
Thanks. Certainly puts my mind at rest in terms of track count, although I clearly can't afford to pay 800 quid for a new interface... unless I sell my io26 and ADA8000 for double what I bought them


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030529 - 26/01/13 11:15 AM
Quote Sossij:

Furthermore, I'm absolutely astounded that people like Windows 8! I am no computer noob, although probably wouldn't qualify as a geek. I had my first experience setting up a W8 machine two days ago: It took me 5 minutes to find the desktop and 15 minutes to find the control panel. Hot corners which change every time you visit them, bungled and bloated, built for a touch screen (ie try getting out of an app in full screen!) bolted-on top of the previous system. Why Microsoft, why?? It was working before, you had a USP (in that everyone knows how to use a Windows machine) and then you tried to copy everyone else - but also stay the same - and ended up with a clusterf*** of an OS.




Yes, they went mad with the top-level interface. But underneath there seems to be a rather good operating system, and once you're in an application the touch-screen rubbish doesn't get in the way.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030530 - 26/01/13 11:23 AM
Quote Sossij:

I had my first experience setting up a W8 machine two days ago: It took me 5 minutes to find the desktop and 15 minutes to find the control panel. Hot corners which change every time you visit them, bungled and bloated, built for a touch screen



I completely agree. But the OS we all want to use is just below the surface of that woeful front end. I will be switching Metro off permanently. It's bad enough on the XBox, but on a PC it's simply baffling why MS think we'd want that dog's dinner as a user interface.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030567 - 26/01/13 02:27 PM
Completely agree about sticking with W7. I put the £25 W8 on my bootcamp partition and then spent a hour or more disabling features, trying to making it run like W7. I just can't see the point in W8 either especially if you haven't got a touchscreen. Re USB, I use an RME Babyface hooked up to a Behringer ADA8000 and that works without any fuss both with W7 and OSX.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030575 - 26/01/13 03:07 PM
Quote Sossij:



Come on PC guys. I really want to make the switch, but right now a second hand macbook pro is looking to be a much better / simpler option. Can anybody convince me that it's really worth switching?? I thought it would be simple!

Mark.




Last time I looked there was a 15" mac book pro in readers ads, 2007 vintage, for £299, why look further than that ?

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030580 - 26/01/13 03:17 PM
Quote Sossij:

Hi everyone. I'm at a fork in the road in terms of equipment.

I've been running a macbook for 5 years with an Alesis io26 firewire interface. This setup has worked beautifully for a long time but is now slowly falling away. My love affair with Apple is waning, and I'm gradually migrating away from them. Now the screen is smashed on my macbook and I've lost all patience in waiting for Logic 10, and I feel I'd like to get a more modest setup - a Windows 7 laptop with Reaper.

BUT I can't believe how confusing it is!!

I have a firewire interface and no laptops have firewire any more. If I wanted to get some sort of adapter then even THAT seems to be a minefield. Can a USB 2 interface cope with recording 14-16 simultaneous channels? I'm sure they can now, but when I was buying the io26 the talk was "definitely firewire over USB". The i3 i5 i7 model-names are totally confusing and misleading. Windows 8 is literally the WORST operating system I've ever used, and I'm including Vista in that, so it has to be W7.

Come on PC guys. I really want to make the switch, but right now a second hand macbook pro is looking to be a much better / simpler option. Can anybody convince me that it's really worth switching?? I thought it would be simple!

Mark.




Don't worry about the iPhone 5. If your setup worked fine, just get a replacement macbook pro. Logic 9 works perfectly well and you know how to use it. What is the point in learning a new operating system and DAW? They aren't exactly easy things to get used to and once you have done so you will have absolutely no clear advantage over your current setup.

Do a time machine backup, get a new mac and you will be up and running for the next 5 years with no hassle whatsoever.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1030599 - 26/01/13 07:04 PM
Quote johnny h:



Don't worry about the iPhone 5. If your setup worked fine, just get a replacement macbook pro. Logic 9 works perfectly well and you know how to use it




Ah yes, that's another reason my situation is slightly more complex. I'm not on Logic 9, I'm still on 8. Basically, when 9 came out I thought I'd skip a generation as I'm so used to 8, so I didn't bother with it. Now I'm at the stage where I don't want to buy 9 because 10 will come out a week later!


Quote johnny h:

get a new mac




Thanks! Can't afford one. Unless you're buying?

Quote DAGGILARR:



Last time I looked there was a 15" mac book pro in readers ads, 2007 vintage, for £299, why look further than that ?




Well I already have a macbook 2.2ghz C2D with 4GB ram, I just need to spend £130 to get the screen fixed. And, tbh, it's looking like the best option at the moment. But really it's a short term fix and I'm looking for a longer term solution.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030609 - 26/01/13 08:26 PM
do you absolutely need a laptop? cos if not then your solution is to build a pc. if you need a laptop sometimes, then you can repair the screen on your macbook and use reaper for location work and then use reaper on a custom built pc to do editing.
if not, well i guess you could use two of these http://www.gak.co.uk/en/zoom-r16-digital-recorder-usb-audio-interface-and- daw-controller/26077 linked together

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030611 - 26/01/13 09:05 PM
Quote Sossij:

Quote johnny h:



Don't worry about the iPhone 5. If your setup worked fine, just get a replacement macbook pro. Logic 9 works perfectly well and you know how to use it




Ah yes, that's another reason my situation is slightly more complex. I'm not on Logic 9, I'm still on 8. Basically, when 9 came out I thought I'd skip a generation as I'm so used to 8, so I didn't bother with it. Now I'm at the stage where I don't want to buy 9 because 10 will come out a week later!




Then use 8 until 10 comes out. I'm sure it will be fine

DAGGILARR Quote:



Quote johnny h:

get a new mac




Thanks! Can't afford one. Unless you're buying?

Quote DAGGILARR:



Last time I looked there was a 15" mac book pro in readers ads, 2007 vintage, for £299, why look further than that ?




Well I already have a macbook 2.2ghz C2D with 4GB ram, I just need to spend £130 to get the screen fixed. And, tbh, it's looking like the best option at the moment. But really it's a short term fix and I'm looking for a longer term solution.



Buying a PC and a new DAW? Its not going to last forever. That macbook should be fine for a while. I'd be reluctant to spend money on a laptop that old but you could always buy a monitor for it. Maybe you have one somewhere? The adapter is pretty cheap on amazon.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1030613 - 26/01/13 09:29 PM
Err? Jonny,
you need an adaptor to run a monitor from a macbook?

I have never seen a laptop that did not have a VGA port. In fact I have a V old 850mHz HP sitting by the door that son sat on and I keep meaning to rig that to a monitor and extract the XP Pro license code from it. Not letting Msoft get away with no ***t NO way!

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030617 - 26/01/13 09:44 PM
My 2.2ghz i3 fujitsu laptop with 4gb ram might be perfect. It only cost me £299 (see here http://www.ebuyer.com/419625-fujitsu-ah512-lifebook-vfy-ah512m33a2gb )feels well made (made in Germany) and with a few tweaks (if necessary for audio use) could be fine.
It has all the usuals, is easy to up-grade (ram, hdd, wireless and processor), has a 2 prong (un-earthed) psu (less chance of ground loops) and has a full size express card slot for firewire/USB 3 Etc..

As you would be moving from a 2.2ghz c2d there should still be a fair bit of power improvement (gets a windows experience score of 5.7 and is a sandy bridge processor (albeit I added an extra 4gb ram) plus win 7 (it has win8 but comes with drivers for win7 and you should be able to downgrade) is supposedly more efficient than MAC OS.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: ef37a]
      #1030619 - 26/01/13 10:10 PM
Quote ef37a:

Err? Jonny,
you need an adaptor to run a monitor from a macbook?




Yes, it costs about 5 pounds from amazon.
Quote:


I have never seen a laptop that did not have a VGA port. In fact I have a V old 850mHz HP sitting by the door that son sat on and I keep meaning to rig that to a monitor and extract the XP Pro license code from it. Not letting Msoft get away with no ***t NO way!

Dave.



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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1030651 - 27/01/13 11:47 AM
Quote:

Quote:

Err? Jonny,
you need an adaptor to run a monitor from a macbook?




Yes, it costs about 5 pounds from amazon.






How bizarre! They provide a monitor port with the wrong connector for a monitor?


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Exalted Wombat]
      #1030697 - 27/01/13 05:18 PM
Now now children. Let's not get into "my operating system is bigger than yours".

There are many great things about Apple macs. Mine is 5 years old and would still be going strong if I hadn't stood on the screen, it rarely crashed. There are also things that are massively rubbish about it, such as photo handling, finder and spotlight. Same goes for Windows, good and bad.

I just don't have £1000 or more to spend on a computer system I don't really earn money from. I'd like something that will look after me for the next few years and a good DAW that I can afford. Hence the PC idea.

One is not "better" than the other. It's what works for any given individual. And I'm equally fine with using either OS, although I am used to Logic.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030703 - 27/01/13 05:53 PM
Quote Sossij:

Now now children. Let's not get into "my operating system is bigger than yours".

There are many great things about Apple macs. Mine is 5 years old and would still be going strong if I hadn't stood on the screen, it rarely crashed. There are also things that are massively rubbish about it, such as photo handling, finder and spotlight. Same goes for Windows, good and bad.

I just don't have £1000 or more to spend on a computer system I don't really earn money from. I'd like something that will look after me for the next few years and a good DAW that I can afford. Hence the PC idea.

One is not "better" than the other. It's what works for any given individual. And I'm equally fine with using either OS, although I am used to Logic.




I run a PC and a mac and in almost every respect the mac is superior. However, I don't have the funds for a Mac Pro and I don't want to run a hackintosh so the PC stays. I do work with lots of very high cpu intensive synths and plugins. The very temperamental wifi on the PC also helps with productivity.

If I was you I would be very tempted to buy a screen on ebay and get the macbook working again. There is a link to a youtube video that shows you how to do it. Its not that hard if you have a little bit of patience and a steady hand.

(make sure the model number is compatible)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-13-3-LED-SCREEN-for-APPLE-MACBOOK-WHITE-A134 2-or-Macbook-Pro-A1278-/170979985280?pt=UK_Computing_Laptop_Screens_LCD_Panels&hash=it em27cf338780

If you have a monitor lying around then the £5 lead will be the cheapest way to get up and running.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1030812 - 28/01/13 11:52 AM
Quote johnny h:

The very temperamental wifi on the PC also helps with productivity.







I'd suggest a replacement card to fix it, but it sounds like your happy enough being forced to be productive

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1030814 - 28/01/13 12:05 PM
Kraftwerk have been using windows laptops live for many years now (Sony vaio's with winxp pro)(since 2002 but I think that they might have changed now (well since 2010 they have had a different set-up) and they are not the kind of band to use something that does not work or is unreliable. So I say if it's fine for such a big band like them then it's fine for me.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Pete Kaine]
      #1030872 - 28/01/13 03:55 PM
Quote Pete Kaine:

Quote johnny h:

The very temperamental wifi on the PC also helps with productivity.







I'd suggest a replacement card to fix it, but it sounds like your happy enough being forced to be productive




Its just a case of the router being a little too far away. It works on the MBP most of the time but its easy to move it around to find the sweet spot. It was surprisingly easy to share the internet connection through ethernet, making the laptop a very expensive (and very pretty) wifi card.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: DGL.]
      #1030877 - 28/01/13 04:24 PM
Quote DGL.:


Just make sure the adaptor has a TI chip and you should be fine.
And it needn't be expensive either, my £300 core i3 fujitsu has an express card slot and it's brand new.




This is very dangerous advice in my opinion. Just because something *should* be fine, does not mean it *will* be fine. My experience with the io26 is that it will most likely *not* be fine with a PC, TI chipset or not. You shouldn't mislead the OP if you don't not have direct experience with a laptop PCI express card, and an io26. He might get lucky, of course, or he might find he has spent £300 and has nothing but major headaches and wrecked recordings to show for it. But he knows it works with his Mac, so Johnny H's advice to buy a new screen and fit it himself seems like the best bet to me. Don't expect a cheap Windows laptop (or even an expensive one) to work properly with such a fussy piece of hardware as the IO26, especially via an adaptor card.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Richard Graham]
      #1030881 - 28/01/13 04:57 PM
Thanks Richard, greatly appreciate the words of warning. I am very wary about the purchasing of equipment that won't work.

I think I've decided, anyhoo. Well, not decided, but I'm getting there. I'm going to buy myself a relatively cheap i5 PC laptop (iro £400) and install Reaper on it. I'm also going to set my macbook up with a screen. I can then decide between the two workflows as they are both fine using AIFF files.

I will (probably) sell my io26 and get a 4 x mic-pre USB interface with ADAT so I can continue to run my ADA8000 with it and have 12 channels (or more if there's jack inputs too).

This is my current thinking. However, now I've written it down I've realised it's about as badly thought through as Windows 8 seems to have been. Which is a shame. Ho hum.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Exalted Wombat]
      #1030961 - 29/01/13 02:13 AM
Quote Exalted Wombat:

How bizarre! They provide a monitor port with the wrong connector for a monitor?



How do they know what connector the OP's monitor has ?

The standards keep on changing. Last century monitors used VGA. This century monitors used DVI and now DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt.

Putting all those connectors on a MacBook would make it too big/heavy/ugly. But you can pretty much get any one you like with the relevant adaptor.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030965 - 29/01/13 03:28 AM
order a pc from centrecom.com.au
i got a desktop AND laptop, custom designed for $1000 each. theyre both better than the respective top of the line mac and theyre awesome.
have a geeze at custom pcs. theyre much cheaper.
EVERYONE (within reason) makes pcs and pc parts so theres a competitively priced market whereas apple dominates theirs.. no one makes ios computer systems but apple. keep in mind if you have any issues it can be much much harder to fix them, but you probably already know this. good luck!

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Skerrick]
      #1030966 - 29/01/13 06:03 AM
Quote Skerrick:

keep in mind if you have any issues it can be much much harder to fix them



Still trolling bollocks then, Skerrick!


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: chris...]
      #1030967 - 29/01/13 06:31 AM
Quote chris...:

Quote Exalted Wombat:

How bizarre! They provide a monitor port with the wrong connector for a monitor?



How do they know what connector the OP's monitor has ?

The standards keep on changing. Last century monitors used VGA. This century monitors used DVI and now DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt.

Putting all those connectors on a MacBook would make it too big/heavy/ugly. But you can pretty much get any one you like with the relevant adaptor.




Err? Never seen a monitor(or a win' laptop come to that) that did not have a VGA port? Get 'em on tellies a lot now too. I use two TVs as monitors.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: ef37a]
      #1030978 - 29/01/13 10:11 AM
Quote ef37a:

Quote chris...:

Quote Exalted Wombat:

How bizarre! They provide a monitor port with the wrong connector for a monitor?



How do they know what connector the OP's monitor has ?

The standards keep on changing. Last century monitors used VGA. This century monitors used DVI and now DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt.

Putting all those connectors on a MacBook would make it too big/heavy/ugly. But you can pretty much get any one you like with the relevant adaptor.




Err? Never seen a monitor(or a win' laptop come to that) that did not have a VGA port? Get 'em on tellies a lot now too. I use two TVs as monitors.

Dave.



VGA ports are too ugly for the sleek lines of an Apple product I'm afraid. You will have to stick to the bleak landscape of black plastic for that.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1030982 - 29/01/13 10:31 AM
Whatever merit this thread might once have had, I think it's time everyone moved on as it is now descending into the usual PC vs mac abyss.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1031001 - 29/01/13 12:14 PM
Quote johnny h:

VGA ports are too ugly



More importantly, they don't guarantee sharp images at decent resolutions, and don't support higher resolutions for larger screens at all.

Hence the switch to digital connections.

But yes, VGA is still present on some (especially older) monitors, and some low-res things such as projectors.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: chris...]
      #1031003 - 29/01/13 12:26 PM
Quote chris...:

Quote johnny h:

VGA ports are too ugly



More importantly, they don't guarantee sharp images at decent resolutions, and don't support higher resolutions for larger screens at all.

Hence the switch to digital connections.

But yes, VGA is still present on some (especially older) monitors, and some low-res things such as projectors.



my new laptop has both vga and hdmi, so will work with both my old projector and the hd tv and yet does not really take up much more space (actually no more than my old laptop with just vga.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: chris...]
      #1031019 - 29/01/13 01:23 PM
Quote chris...:

Quote johnny h:

VGA ports are too ugly



More importantly, they don't guarantee sharp images at decent resolutions, and don't support higher resolutions for larger screens at all.

Hence the switch to digital connections.

But yes, VGA is still present on some (especially older) monitors, and some low-res things such as projectors.



Yes, the new macbook retina can drive 4 independent displays, 3 external with its tiny little thunderbolt connector. Pretty impressive.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1031056 - 29/01/13 05:45 PM
Quote johnny h:

I run a PC and a mac and in almost every respect the mac is superior. However, I don't have the funds for a Mac Pro and I don't want to run a hackintosh so the PC stays. I do work with lots of very high cpu intensive synths and plugins. The very temperamental wifi on the PC also helps with productivity.




If you're in need of some extra funds Johnny I think I've found the perfect job opportunity:

http://www.apple.com/jobs/uk/retail.html

This way you can tell people to buy macs all day long and also get store discount on that mac pro you're after. Win win.

To the OP, check out the new focusrite interface, its got 8 preamps plus adat capability for £399, so you could still use your ADA8000 and have 16 ins through USB.

http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/focusrite-scarlett-18i20-audio-interface--104497

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Will_m]
      #1031067 - 29/01/13 07:00 PM
Quote Will_m:

Quote johnny h:

I run a PC and a mac and in almost every respect the mac is superior. However, I don't have the funds for a Mac Pro and I don't want to run a hackintosh so the PC stays. I do work with lots of very high cpu intensive synths and plugins. The very temperamental wifi on the PC also helps with productivity.




If you're in need of some extra funds Johnny I think I've found the perfect job opportunity:

http://www.apple.com/jobs/uk/retail.html

This way you can tell people to buy macs all day long and also get store discount on that mac pro you're after. Win win.




Thanks, but I'm in no need of funds right now, and I'm pretty happy with my 17" MBP. Its almost the perfect computer as it is.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1031080 - 29/01/13 07:59 PM
Can I just say something on this that is not meant in anyway to continue somekind of 'war'.

I changed over to Windows recently, and surprise surprise - my music is just the same.
Anyhow, what made me switch is that I realised I am just not a Mac person. I tried, but the always needing adaptors - constant upgrade pressure etc drove me up the wall.
I like clunky laptops that have VGA ports, I like being able to easily swap out and get parts, I like it when old stuff still works and still connects - I'm just not the kind of 'always able to afford "you dont need that now" move on - minimal kind of guy'. I tried to 'i' my life and didnt like it.

Its the same reason you see windows machines in labs and used by hobby engineers - they are cheap, just as relaible once properly configured - and basically just tools - not necessarily lifestyle statments.

All I'm saying is, if you think you are this kind of person, there is no need to feel inadequate now you will be on the 'windoze' side of the wall. Just go with what feels comfortable with you - there is no better, just different solutions.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Chaconne]
      #1031091 - 29/01/13 09:20 PM
Quote Chaconne:

Can I just say something on this that is not meant in anyway to continue somekind of 'war'.

I changed over to Windows recently, and surprise surprise - my music is just the same.
Anyhow, what made me switch is that I realised I am just not a Mac person. I tried, but the always needing adaptors - constant upgrade pressure etc drove me up the wall.
I like clunky laptops that have VGA ports, I like being able to easily swap out and get parts, I like it when old stuff still works and still connects - I'm just not the kind of 'always able to afford "you dont need that now" move on - minimal kind of guy'. I tried to 'i' my life and didnt like it.

Its the same reason you see windows machines in labs and used by hobby engineers - they are cheap, just as relaible once properly configured - and basically just tools - not necessarily lifestyle statments.

All I'm saying is, if you think you are this kind of person, there is no need to feel inadequate now you will be on the 'windoze' side of the wall. Just go with what feels comfortable with you - there is no better, just different solutions.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: ef37a]
      #1031103 - 29/01/13 11:28 PM
Quote ef37a:

Yeah. If they are good enough for Sheldon Cooper they are good enough for me!
Dave






Spot on!

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: ef37a]
      #1031112 - 30/01/13 01:06 AM
Quote ef37a:

Quote Chaconne:

Can I just say something on this that is not meant in anyway to continue somekind of 'war'.

I changed over to Windows recently, and surprise surprise - my music is just the same.
Anyhow, what made me switch is that I realised I am just not a Mac person. I tried, but the always needing adaptors - constant upgrade pressure etc drove me up the wall.
I like clunky laptops that have VGA ports, I like being able to easily swap out and get parts, I like it when old stuff still works and still connects - I'm just not the kind of 'always able to afford "you dont need that now" move on - minimal kind of guy'. I tried to 'i' my life and didnt like it.

Its the same reason you see windows machines in labs and used by hobby engineers - they are cheap, just as relaible once properly configured - and basically just tools - not necessarily lifestyle statments.

All I'm saying is, if you think you are this kind of person, there is no need to feel inadequate now you will be on the 'windoze' side of the wall. Just go with what feels comfortable with you - there is no better, just different solutions.


Yeah. If they are good enough for Sheldon Cooper they are good enough for me!
Dave




MACINTOSH: used frequently by hipsters in cafes.
PC: POWERS THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Skerrick]
      #1031115 - 30/01/13 01:52 AM
Quote Skerrick:

MACINTOSH: used frequently by hipsters in cafes.



And top pro programmers writing code for various flavours of Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, embedded hardware OSs and so on, people who do this for a living.

Quote Skerrick:

PC: POWERS THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER.



Wrong again.

The WWW/interweeb was created at CERN by Tim Berners-Lee on one of Steve Jobs' NeXT computers which, of course, went on to become OSX Macs. Computers of various flavours are in regular use at CERN. But the very vehicle you use to vent your pet hate was created on what was (effectively) a Mac. Oh, the irony!!

I really don't understand your attitude and why you persist in trolling this 'thing' you have against Macs. If you're going to, at least get your facts straight first.

But if PCs give you a large hardon collider, enjoy!

So you you're pleased with your PC(s) and the price you paid for them (more than I paid for my Macs) - I couldn't be happier for you.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1031118 - 30/01/13 03:03 AM
chill out i was making fun of a stereotype - and youre obv a mac user, didnt mean to offend you..

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: hollowsun]
      #1031119 - 30/01/13 03:57 AM
haha man chill out im not trolling.. everyone is entitled to their opinion, and i was giving mine to the OP. no insult/offense intended.
also, this price ting you speak of? ive been through it.. i got 2 pc's (desktop and laptop) each with better specs than the top of the line mac (respectively) for $2100 for the pair, custom made - i picked every part. (and thats in australian dollars - works out to about 1400 or less in GBP for the pair.. i doubt you got two or even one mac at that price... but to each his own.)
anyway, ill stop bothering you and hopefully next time we speak its about soemthing a little more relevant and interesting.
Peace.

p.s. were pc's really created and designed on macs? i think thats what youre saying, but theyre such different systems... i dont know the history, but i swear the systems and hardware were designed separately by separate people..
i dont know man, just doesnt sound plausible to me, but like i said, im not well and truly informed so im no authority on the subject.
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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Skerrick]
      #1031120 - 30/01/13 05:20 AM
Quote Skerrick:

works out to about 1400 or less in GBP for the pair.. i doubt you got two or even one mac at that price... but to each his own.



Ah! Right. Ozzie dollars.

What I paid for my Lab's 2 x 3GHz Dual-core Intel Mac refurb (with warranties) and the family Mac Mini comes to about the same as you paid for yours. Both go like sh!t off a shovel and satisfy everyone here. All the peripherals are non-Apple thus confounding the notion that you HAVE to buy into Apple for EVERYTHING once you commit to the brand - that's nonsense

Quote Skerrick:

p.s. were pc's really created and designed on macs? i think thats what youre saying



I didn't say that at all ... just having bit of fun that the WWW was created at CERN (home of the Hadron Collider which you claimed/implied uses nothing but PCs while Mac users are nothing other than style toss bags who just hang out at coffee shops) using a Steve Jobs' NeXT 'puter which was to become the modern Mac.

In fact, there's an amusing story there...

Jobs visited, Berners-Lee had his WWW demo all up and running to show but Jobs ran out of time and had to leave before he had a chance to see Berners-Lee work in action. But the web was created on what was to become the modern Mac!!

I have no argument with you, Skerrick, except when you put about nonsense. I really couldn't give a toss what you use - could be a Commodore or Atari for all I care (and I know quite a few who do ... still ... and master to cassette ... seriously ... and more power to their elbow if that's what they want to do!) - but please don't put about misinformation when (I suspect) you have no real experience of Macs and are just going on (similarly misinformed) rumours and misinformation.

Forums are wonderful things but they can be a such a source of silly, misinformed 'Chinese whispers' with a fair dose of "Send three and fourpence - we're going to a dance" (if you know that old joke/apocryphal story!

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: hollowsun]
      #1031122 - 30/01/13 06:53 AM
i have no argument with you my man!
i have had plenty of experience with macintosh (keep in mind im talking at a consumer level - not a programmer level) and thus have made my decision and stick by pc, but like i said, to each his own.
im not 'putting about misinformation' at all. im recounting experiences and making observations.
what i meant about apple making their own market is that for example, they made firewire. creating a HUGE new generation of devices and connections.. but correct me if im wrong... does apple OWN firewire?
like, if you develop a firewire device; does apple get some of your profit because youre using something they've designed/patented? and although they arent always mac brand devices, for decent mac gear i always see larger than life pricetags (which more often than not is due to the material and design costs of making something to fit in with the apple decor, eg; brushed aluminium, curved, highly machined alloys etc)

anyway imma shake your hand and walk away from this one, cos im stubborn and im not necessarily disagreeing with you, but im not agreeing either hahah!
if macs werent good no one would use them, theyre good machines.. dont get me wrong.
theres just so much related jargon on so many levels that i choose not to bother.. but again, thats just my opinion/preference.
*shakes hand*
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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1031123 - 30/01/13 06:55 AM
ALSO,
i wanna know more about those plugins on your musiclab site.. you make these?

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Skerrick]
      #1031126 - 30/01/13 07:50 AM
Quote Skerrick:

ALSO,
i wanna know more about those plugins on your musiclab site.. you make these?



Yes. Of course. Designed and sculpted here in the musty corridors of HS Towers (on a Mac, obviously ( ) but for PC as well)

They're not "plugins" as such but are for Kontakt 4.2.4/Kontakt 5 and you will ideally need the full version of one of those.

They will work with the free Kontakt Player (which isn't actually a 'free' Kontakt Player as such but more of a demo for Kontakt) but with restrictions, the most notable of which being the timeout after 15 minutes or so.

But if you have a full version of the most recent versions of Kontakt on your PC(s) there, please form an orderly queue

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: hollowsun]
      #1031135 - 30/01/13 09:47 AM
Phew, I was getting worried there for a moment, but a warm rosy glow is coming over me again...

Can we move on to something new now... please?

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #1031140 - 30/01/13 10:17 AM
Quote Hugh Robjohns:


Can we move on to something new now... please?





Sure thing,

I have cue cards for analogue vs digital effect chains, summing mixers, vinyl vs cd or best flavour of crisps...


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Pete Kaine]
      #1031142 - 30/01/13 10:28 AM
Corduroys or moleskin trousers? That's the big question.

I favoured the corduroy but have lately been swayed by the moleskin (*). But they are equally jaunty and fetching, has to be said.

(*) They're not real moleskin for those of vegetablist and animal rights tendencies - it's a type of sturdy, brushed cloth

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Pete Kaine]
      #1031143 - 30/01/13 10:29 AM
Quote Pete Kaine:



or best flavour of crisps...



Did you have any of those christmas pudding flavour crisp from Tesco's Finest range over christmas? They were awesome and weird all at the same time.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Chaconne]
      #1031146 - 30/01/13 10:59 AM
Quote Chaconne:

Can I just say something on this that is not meant in anyway to continue somekind of 'war'.

I changed over to Windows recently, and surprise surprise - my music is just the same.
Anyhow, what made me switch is that I realised I am just not a Mac person. I tried, but the always needing adaptors - constant upgrade pressure etc drove me up the wall.
I like clunky laptops that have VGA ports, I like being able to easily swap out and get parts, I like it when old stuff still works and still connects - I'm just not the kind of 'always able to afford "you dont need that now" move on - minimal kind of guy'. I tried to 'i' my life and didnt like it.

Its the same reason you see windows machines in labs and used by hobby engineers - they are cheap, just as relaible once properly configured - and basically just tools - not necessarily lifestyle statments.

All I'm saying is, if you think you are this kind of person, there is no need to feel inadequate now you will be on the 'windoze' side of the wall. Just go with what feels comfortable with you - there is no better, just different solutions.




I agree. I cannot think of any occasion when I have listened to a piece of music and been able to say to myself - that's made on a Mac/PC. But I can tell the difference between a Fender and a Gibson.

I suppose the Mac/PC issue is more important to engineers, but to, musicians?

I bought a used Quad core PC, 2 SATA drives 8 gig ram, Gigabyte board. Total cost approx £400, Totally reliable and stable, running Cubase 5, Reason 5, Kontakt 5


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Pete Kaine]
      #1031148 - 30/01/13 11:00 AM
Quote Pete Kaine:

Quote Hugh Robjohns:


Can we move on to something new now... please?





Sure thing,

I have cue cards for analogue vs digital effect chains, summing mixers, vinyl vs cd or best flavour of crisps...




Yep!


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: robinv]
      #1031205 - 30/01/13 03:48 PM
Quote robinv:

Quote Pete Kaine:



or best flavour of crisps...



Did you have any of those christmas pudding flavour crisp from Tesco's Finest range over christmas? They were awesome and weird all at the same time.




No, I did not. How am I only hearing about this now?!?!?

They do sound rather interesting, if not rather wrong. I suspect I'm going to have to set a reminder for Decemeber now if I'm going to experience them for myself.

I've been mainly snacking on bags of Wasabi flavoured Tempura Seaweed over here as I've finally found a Manc shop that stocks them. Awesome, however I imagine my waist line is going up accordingly.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: ef37a]
      #1031239 - 30/01/13 08:12 PM
Quote ef37a:

If they are good enough for Sheldon Cooper they are good enough for me!
Dave





Sheldon Cooper has a PC.
Carrie Bradshaw has a Mac.

Best argument yet!


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Exalted Wombat]
      #1031246 - 30/01/13 08:46 PM
Quote Exalted Wombat:

Quote ef37a:

If they are good enough for Sheldon Cooper they are good enough for me!
Dave





Sheldon Cooper has a PC.
Carrie Bradshaw has a Mac.

Best argument yet!




I have no idea who these people are. How does the choice of Mac or PC influence the music they make?

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Pete Kaine]
      #1031258 - 30/01/13 10:12 PM
Quote Pete Kaine:

Quote robinv:

Quote Pete Kaine:



or best flavour of crisps...



Did you have any of those christmas pudding flavour crisp from Tesco's Finest range over christmas? They were awesome and weird all at the same time.




No, I did not. How am I only hearing about this now?!?!?

They do sound rather interesting, if not rather wrong. I suspect I'm going to have to set a reminder for Decemeber now if I'm going to experience them for myself.




I had some Christmas pudding flavour cheese over Christmas - very rich, but still very cheesy


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Richard Graham]
      #1031287 - 31/01/13 12:32 AM
Quote Richard Graham:

Quote Exalted Wombat:

Quote ef37a:

If they are good enough for Sheldon Cooper they are good enough for me!
Dave





Sheldon Cooper has a PC.
Carrie Bradshaw has a Mac.

Best argument yet!




I have no idea who these people are. How does the choice of Mac or PC influence the music they make?





hahahah theyre not musicians man!! ever seen the big bang theory?

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Martin Walker]
      #1031329 - 31/01/13 10:15 AM
Quote Martin Walker:


I had some Christmas pudding flavour cheese over Christmas - very rich, but still very cheesy





I had a nibble of that at a tasting session during the last set of xmas markets and concur, althrough I don't think I could handle too much of it personally.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Richard Graham]
      #1031345 - 31/01/13 11:28 AM
Quote Richard Graham:

Quote Exalted Wombat:

Quote ef37a:

If they are good enough for Sheldon Cooper they are good enough for me!
Dave





Sheldon Cooper has a PC.
Carrie Bradshaw has a Mac.

Best argument yet!




I have no idea who these people are. How does the choice of Mac or PC influence the music they make?




It has no correlation whatsoever. But its still by far Womb's most coherent argument against Apple so far.

The most pertinent point is the 'sticky' posts in the PC Music section. Page after page of motherboard model numbers, firewire chipset issues, bios firmware updates, DPC latency etc. If you enjoy reading that kind of thing then maybe PCs are the right choice. Otherwise you get what you pay for.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1031352 - 31/01/13 11:46 AM
Quote johnny h:

It has no correlation whatsoever. But its still by far Womb's most coherent argument against Apple so far.




Yes, it does sum the whole thing up rather beautifully!

Quote:



The most pertinent point is the 'sticky' posts in the PC Music section. Page after page of motherboard model numbers, firewire chipset issues, bios firmware updates, DPC latency etc. If you enjoy reading that kind of thing then maybe PCs are the right choice. Otherwise you get what you pay for.




Oh it isn't THAT bad! Though any assumption that your music computer MUST be a laptop should be seriously challenged.

You wouldn't buy your main musical instrument without experience, advice, comparison of student models with professional ones, consideration of whether you want automatic features or not, price comparison... Yet for many people a computer IS their main musical instrument. Why are they so reluctant to learn to play it?


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Exalted Wombat]
      #1031354 - 31/01/13 11:53 AM
Quote Exalted Wombat:

Quote johnny h:

It has no correlation whatsoever. But its still by far Womb's most coherent argument against Apple so far.




Yes, it does sum the whole thing up rather beautifully!

Quote:



The most pertinent point is the 'sticky' posts in the PC Music section. Page after page of motherboard model numbers, firewire chipset issues, bios firmware updates, DPC latency etc. If you enjoy reading that kind of thing then maybe PCs are the right choice. Otherwise you get what you pay for.




Oh it isn't THAT bad! Though any assumption that your music computer MUST be a laptop should be seriously challenged.

You wouldn't buy your main musical instrument without experience, advice, comparison of student models with professional ones, consideration of whether you want automatic features or not, price comparison... Yet for many people a computer IS their main musical instrument. Why are they so reluctant to learn to play it?




How far do you want to take it? You want to make a semi-conductor plant and fabricate your own processors? I don't. Like I don't really care how my washing machine works. As long as it works. I make music, I have shows, I have deadlines.

It wasn't always this way. When I wasn't signed I had all day long to trawl forums for the best value motherboard / cpu combination. Oh how I don't miss those times.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Exalted Wombat]
      #1031357 - 31/01/13 12:13 PM
Quote Exalted Wombat:

Oh it isn't THAT bad!



I've always had a wry chuckle whenever I've bought some peripheral for my Macs...

For the PC, page after page of "Insert installation CD-ROM, launch installation 'wizard', follow on-screen instructions, go to XYZ, do this, do that, unmount, eject CD-ROM, reboot ... for Win XX, be sure to... " and so on.

And then there's the Mac section...

"Attach device to your computer"



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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1031389 - 31/01/13 02:22 PM
Am I the only person here who uses both PCs and Macs and thinks it's no big deal either way? Once you're running a DAW on either it makes no significant difference!

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1031401 - 31/01/13 02:58 PM
Although I worked in IT all my working life - 40 years - I was never in the slightest bit interested in poking about inside the beasts. A tool for a job was, and is, my approach.

I have always bought PCs - either off the shelf or had the current desktop custom-built by a professional contact.

... and everything has always worked first time. I've connected various audio devices, drives, routers etc etc and never had any problem at all.

On the other hand I have acquaintances who seem forever to be fiddling around inside their machines or 'tweaking' the deep guts of the OS. And their machines are constantly crashing, stalling, BSOD-ing etc. So when they say to me "Oh, you need to..." I politely (but firmly) stop then going anywhere near my machines.

Mac or PC - IME if you're not a 'fiddler and tweaker' it's a non-issue. Tools for a job...


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: hollowsun]
      #1031419 - 31/01/13 05:04 PM
Quote hollowsun:

"Attach device to your computer"




In my experience it often involves entering some secret password or other and watching the spinning beachball for ages...

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1031422 - 31/01/13 05:12 PM
Quote Mike Stranks:

Tools for a job...




Absolutely -- my mantra too.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1031429 - 31/01/13 06:16 PM
Quote Mike Stranks:

On the other hand I have acquaintances who seem forever to be fiddling around inside their machines or 'tweaking' the deep guts of the OS. And their machines are constantly crashing, stalling, BSOD-ing etc.



My experience too be that Mac or PC (don't get me started on how my ex-mother-in-law can destroy in minutes a Mac that's given solid 24/7 reliability for several years which I've handed down to her simply because she dicks around with it and breaks it! Never again!)

I have found two types - those clever things who really know their stuff and can really optimise their 'puters and those who dick around, poking around in the dark and end up with all sorts of problems and then wonder why it doesn't work! And/or, of course, those (typically PC types because there's just more of it about) who download every bit of rogue s/w they can lay their hands on .... because its's free!

That said, my Mac-switching neighbour never went anywhere near the 'dicking around' area of her PC and didn't download reams of dodgy s/w but was besieged with problems. Now she's switched to a Mac, plain sailing for her - she loves it (and I mean 'loves' it!).

But I agree, they're tools, horses for courses, each to their own, one man's meat is another man's Macintosh and all that. I prefer Macs; I don't like Windows - end of chat. I have no axe to grind and I am quite happy if someone's getting their rocks off on an old Atari or Commodore 64 ... and I know a few who do!!

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #1031431 - 31/01/13 06:36 PM
Quote Hugh Robjohns:

Quote hollowsun:

"Attach device to your computer"




In my experience it often involves entering some secret password or other and watching the spinning beachball for ages...



Not in mine (generally) but yes, they're computers and not infallible and sometimes play up.

I know you love your TVR but I bet that plays up from time to time. But it's the car you like / love / chose so you live with it. Like everything. You could have chosen a cheaper and more 'sensible' vehicle but where's the fun in that? Overall you like the TVR experience and are prepared to pay for that. Fine and I am not going to cast judgement on your choice of vehicle or blather on about how you could have bought a so-and-so for less that has more options, is cheaper to repair and so on and neither would I advise anyone against buying one given that I have no real experience of one other than driving one once. That doesn't make me an authority on TVRs but somehow, some PC users spend 5 minutes on a Mac, don't get on with it and then feel qualified to (ahem) 'advise' people on their choice of 'puter. Which is arrant nonsense.

We'll have the same thing with the new synths at NAMM - people laying into the MS20, the P12, the Sub-Phatty claiming the MS20 doesn't sound like the original, the P12 doesn't sound like a Prophet 5 and the Moog's not really like a proper Minimoog ... and these simpletons will have played neither the originals or the modern incarnations!

Something about 'opinions' and 'arseholes' and everyone having one springs to mind here!!

As Harlan Ellison said - "We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions"

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: The Elf]
      #1031460 - 31/01/13 09:07 PM
Quote The Elf:

Am I the only person here who uses both PCs and Macs and thinks it's no big deal either way? Once you're running a DAW on either it makes no significant difference!




This. Exactly this.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Sossij]
      #1031488 - 31/01/13 11:47 PM
wow man i put down the sword and someone else picked it straight back up!

this is simply a mines better than yours situation and everyone has solid reasoning for making the choice they made. the belief system residing in your left brain is one of your strongest human characteristics and when your beliefs are challenged, the same chemicals are released in your brain that would be released if you were in a fight. this makes it very hard to change someones beliefs once they have been formed without solid physical proof etc. this will go on forever and ever and ever cos no one wants to think they just wasted $XXX.XX
take it easy guys, you all make great stuff and youre all very well informed. chill out

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Skerrick]
      #1031509 - 01/02/13 02:57 AM
Quote Skerrick:

this will go on forever and ever and ever cos no one wants to think they just wasted $XXX.XX



Cuts both ways and people will defend their cheap PC because they A) 'stuck it to the man' and B) want to convince themselves that they didn't make a mistake by economising and will seek all sorts of methods to claim that their cheapo PC is everywhere as good as a $4,000 Mac super tower.

This whole thing is futile.

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: hollowsun]
      #1031511 - 01/02/13 03:32 AM
and vice-versa could be said about mac users, but hey, you guys are people too!

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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: Skerrick]
      #1031559 - 01/02/13 10:57 AM
Quote Skerrick:

wow man i put down the sword and someone else picked it straight back up!

this is simply a mines better than yours situation and everyone has solid reasoning for making the choice they made. the belief system residing in your left brain is one of your strongest human characteristics and when your beliefs are challenged, the same chemicals are released in your brain that would be released if you were in a fight. this makes it very hard to change someones beliefs once they have been formed without solid physical proof etc. this will go on forever and ever and ever cos no one wants to think they just wasted $XXX.XX
take it easy guys, you all make great stuff and youre all very well informed. chill out




That's very unlikely to be true, Skerrick. Most music is extremely bland and predictable regardless of the equipment used. If you go back to the original post here, you will find it actually makes pretty good sense not to move to a completely different operating system and DAW simply because you had an accident and stepped on your laptop display.

I use PCs and macs and I'm pretty good with both of them so I think I can give a reasonable unbiased opinion. I think if you know what you are doing you can certainly get better value from a PC setup. But a macbook pro is pretty much the perfect music production system these days.


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Re: Was switching to Windows, slowly changing my mind!? new [Re: johnny h]
      #1031562 - 01/02/13 11:18 AM
And since that has brought us neatly back to the beginning I think we'll draw it to a close. Thank you all... Would all the mac-o-philes please return to the Mac Music forum now

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