Home studio questions
I maybe purchasing a Mac mini. Will the mini be sufficient to run pro tools 11 efficiently? Will it have any issues tracking? Would I have to upgrade anything on it? Can it keep up with everything that needed for a home studio? I'm a newbie at this so, any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
If it's the one with the quad core i7 2.3Ghz, go for it.
I’m a PC users - but to "fully use" most DAWs like Logic, Protools, etc requires at least a i5 CPU or better, 8GB RAM (preferably more - 16GB or 32GB) and two SSD, or 7200 or 10K RPM hard drives.
Are you running 28.8k or 56k?
You're fine. I saw a demo of 10 running off a macbook 13" with Thunderbolt running the new cards. It was a Post session with way over 300 tracks for fx and dialog.
You're mini will have Thunderbolt. and either an i5 or i7. And can have 16 gigs DDR3. The GPU is fine. Nothing fancy, Intel 4000. But fine for DAW work.
It also has FW 800. You can run your project drive off that. It's fast enough.
Also theres the Thunderbolt to FW cable that Apple sells. Does not work on pc right now. You can use this to connect to a firewire audio card.
I agree with the others here.
Your Mac Mini will be just fine.
In fact any computer you have will work, whether laptop or tower. Obviously, there will be machines that are better at it than others, but don't let "analisys paralisys" stop you. Just max out your RAM and HD space as much as possible and it will work.
Check the Dec 2012 issue of Sound on Sound. There's a great interview with John Palladino talking about recording Frank Sinatra in the late 50's. In the interview he talks about how, even while working with a big company like Capital (or was it Columbia?), they were always short on equipment, or had to deal with "crap-tastic" acoustics, yet they were able to make the albums that made people like Frank legends.
The point is, just use what you have to the best of your ability, and make some great music.
Thanks for the responses! You guys are awesome!
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