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First time Mac help

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by ctbass, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005
    Looking to "build" a home studio with some portability. Looking at using a motu ultralight interface with DP8. Now for the computer....

    Is this what I want????

    2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
    · 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
    · Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

  2. New Macs will come with 10.9. Make sure the interface, multitrack software and plugins you want to use will be compatible.
  3. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005
    Thanks Bassdrop. Speed? Ram?
  4. rogersjoe

    rogersjoe Sakara Bassist

    Aug 5, 2013
    West Springfield, MA
    I worked for apple back in the days of a real job. That is a great Mac. 2.7 (I am guessing dual core i5) is a good processor speed. 16 gigs of ram is more than enough. Other thing to consider is hard drive speed. 5400 rpm is not that good. 7200 rpm is good. And of course SSD or a "hybrid" drive would be excellent. And yes, new macs come with 10.9
    But that is a new OS and if the one you have comes wiht 10.8 you would be better off. Also if you do decide to upgrade to 10.9, it is free!
    Last but not least, make sure to get an external hard drive. You never want to record onto the same drive as your system drive. It can run into problems and even cause sessions not to record properly. Any questions feel free to DM me.