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talmen
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How much I/O do you need for your interface/"card?" Lots of great stuff out there in both FW and USB. Do you want high-end or will "prosumer" do?
Field Kit:
MacBook Pro 9.2 i5 2.5 GHz, 8GB RAM,
OS 10.8.5;
A & H Qu-16, AB1818VSL, Alesis IO14 / IO26,
PreSonus S1 v2.6.2.25990, Boom Recorder 8.3.2

Studio Kit:
iMac 11.3, i7 (Quad) 2.93GHz, 8 GB RAM,
OS 10.9.3,
M-Audio FW1814, PreSonus Faderport,
PreSonus S1 Pro 2.6.2.25590
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If you don't need alot of I/O, I'd recommend the new Alesis IO2 express. Basic 2 in, 2 out (has MIDI, too) at up to 24-bit 48KHz. I've had an Alesis IO26 and IO14 for years, and really like them. I bought the IO recently for use at my school hoping it would be of the same quality, and I have not been disappointed. The preamps are pretty close to the XMAX in terms of sound quality. If you need more IO I'd consider something like the FireStudio Mobile (FW), or perhaps the new RME Babyface (USB2) if you want to go a little higher end.
Field Kit:
MacBook Pro 9.2 i5 2.5 GHz, 8GB RAM,
OS 10.8.5;
A & H Qu-16, AB1818VSL, Alesis IO14 / IO26,
PreSonus S1 v2.6.2.25990, Boom Recorder 8.3.2

Studio Kit:
iMac 11.3, i7 (Quad) 2.93GHz, 8 GB RAM,
OS 10.9.3,
M-Audio FW1814, PreSonus Faderport,
PreSonus S1 Pro 2.6.2.25590
sunniesboy
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yes talmen thanks! i kind of know what interface i will use just need help deciding which cpu(laptop)will users recommend?
talmen
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Check out my sig. My MacBook is one of last of the pre-no FW models. If you're looking to get into a MacBook on a budget, I'd recommend it very highly. A great source for Macs new and used is Powermax.com. They even offer pretty reasonable trade/purchase deals on you used Mac, if you ever have one. I have 3 MacBooks, and they've all been troopers!

PS -- If you try to get one of the plain MacBooks (not Pro), just watch out for 2 things: 1) make sure to get one that will accept and utilize a full 4GB of RAM. Many earlier models were spec'd at 2GB max, although you could put in 3-4, and 3 would be addressed by the system for a slight boost. The later ones (just b4 they dropped FW) could hold and address all 4GB. 2) The latest generation of non-Pro has no FW. Now if you plan to stay away from FW completely, the new USB MacBooks are really snappy (my school just got me a new one). I'd suggest keeping FW as an option, though -- especially since there could come a time when you decided you needed more I/O. (I think USB3 and other new protocols are still quite a ways off on the horizon, at least when it comes to practical audio applications.)

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Field Kit:
MacBook Pro 9.2 i5 2.5 GHz, 8GB RAM,
OS 10.8.5;
A & H Qu-16, AB1818VSL, Alesis IO14 / IO26,
PreSonus S1 v2.6.2.25990, Boom Recorder 8.3.2

Studio Kit:
iMac 11.3, i7 (Quad) 2.93GHz, 8 GB RAM,
OS 10.9.3,
M-Audio FW1814, PreSonus Faderport,
PreSonus S1 Pro 2.6.2.25590
sunniesboy
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ok cool im about to check out powermax rightnow and see what i can find.

thanks talmen will report back soon
sunniesboy
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nice options over there talmen!!! thanks

what you think about this one? http://www.powermax.com/parts/show/c-u69858


what type of performance are you getting on yours?

audio tracks, vsti's, etc?
sunniesboy
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also on the new macbook pro it comes with firewire 800 can i just use an adapter if i need to got to 400?

and also has 8gb max which is cool i think...
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bedstrom wrote:
For my setup, I need the ExpressCard with a TI chipset FW adapter to get a solid, reliable connection to my Firestudio Project. I use the built in FW port to connect to a chain of external hard drives for recording. The built in FW is not TI and does not work reliably with Firewire interfaces.


Could you please tell us, which ExpressCard it is that you are using? My ExpressCard slot is virgin yet
(Sorry for hijacking a bit...)

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I'd sooner see you go with this one:

http://www.powermax.com/parts/show/c-nmk-mc240-062510i

I believe this is the exact model that I am using as my primary unit right now.

The one you linked above can only use 2GB RAM. There is a really nice performance boost with 4GB RAM.

I often run 30-50 Waves plugins (mostly the Renaissance Collection) on session of 16-18 tracks of audio, with no problems whatsoever.

I don't use a ton of VIs, and when I do, I don't usually need more than 4-5 at a time, and I've had no problems with that. (I use Ivory, all of the Garritan libraries, the PreSonus stuff, NI Bandstand, Kontakt Player, EZDrummer, EZPlayer, and probably more.)

These older regular MacBooks have FW400 so you wont need an adapter, but if you did get a pro or later model, they are cheap enough. In fact, I have a couple of extras -- if you buy a pro, PM me and I'll send you one!

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Field Kit:
MacBook Pro 9.2 i5 2.5 GHz, 8GB RAM,
OS 10.8.5;
A & H Qu-16, AB1818VSL, Alesis IO14 / IO26,
PreSonus S1 v2.6.2.25990, Boom Recorder 8.3.2

Studio Kit:
iMac 11.3, i7 (Quad) 2.93GHz, 8 GB RAM,
OS 10.9.3,
M-Audio FW1814, PreSonus Faderport,
PreSonus S1 Pro 2.6.2.25590
sunniesboy
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ok thanks i really appreciate it... i will make a choice soon
 
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